Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Fannymac, Aug 2, 2019.
I've also experienced the $10.00 promise that never materialized!
Part of the problem, or all of it, could be related to this: An Open Letter to the Majors From Independent Record Stores (Guest Op-Ed)
I have had pre-orders cancelled or going into "ETA unknown" on Amazon, ImprtCDs, DeepDiscount, BullMoose, Music Direct and Acoustic Sounds in the past couple of months.
Bull Moose is by far one of my favorite online stores, highly recommended.
I don't know about new releases or pre-orders but I have found Barnes and Noble to be pretty quick when I order vinyl.
And the $25 membership has free shipping as well as frequent coupons.
same here, somtimes they show up very early- some not until almost 8:00 at night. all over the map. I noticed lately if I place order with multiple items it is delivered at different days or sometimes two amazon deliveries in one day by two different drivers.
Now I have some missing packages that the Post Office said they delivered. The bad luck continues...
yup, had that happened before when delivered to work, Or they say undeliverable and don't show up at all because they can't find the building.
few weeks ago at my house they left about $150 worth of vinyl sitting at the end my driveway ( which is about 500ft long). Of course it was stolen since it was left right near the road. how do I know? the driver took a picture of it and I saw it in my orders saying "delivered". Only helped my case when I called to complain. mind boggling sometimes
That is lazy! I had someone leave a package in front of my garage door, and I thought that was last, but at least it wasn't right by the street.
Apparently the only qualification for this job is a car.
I have experienced the same. I get emails from Music Direct and Soundstage, then I simply order titles I want from Amazon which is usually a week to two months before the album comes out. It always arrives on release day, and a couple showed up a day early. Kinda feel bad for the other two merchants but shipping is free with Prime, and returns (and ordering) is simply far easier over all. I am amazed people hassle with the other sellers that make you pay return shipping for defective product. I agree it isn’t fair, but when a huge competitor takes returns for free, it’s hard to justify paying a shipping return fee when it isn’t your fault it’s defective.
my last order from amazon was jesse colin young's new album 'dreamers'
ordered it the day it was available and got a message a couple days later saying it ships in 1 - 2 months. it actually took about 6 weeks to get it after the release date, no explanation, and no idea why.
i have no ordered since, however i have a few sitting in my basket for september.
Amazon has decided immediately filling all physical media orders on new releases isn't profitable. This applies to movies as well and a trend that has arisen with almost all new releases over the past 12 months. Anyone that frequents Amazon for new music releases knows they aren't delivering them on time anymore with any regularity.
This is going to shock people but I'll speculate Amazon will be entirely out of selling physical media themselves within 2-3 years. The margins are thin and they clearly have de-prioritized media over the past 4-5 years. Now that everyone is paying for Amazon Prime, they don't need the category as a lure for well-heeled shoppers.
I hope you’re wrong...they are my main supplier by far and I’ve had zero issues. I buy maybe 5 albums a month, usually new releases. Maybe the trick is preordering in plenty of time, which I typically do. Same with blurays. I only had an issue with The Force Awakens as it wasn’t available for a couple weeks after street date if memory serves. With razor thin margins on vinyl, and the fact that I generally have to return one out of three, I can see how you could be right however.
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