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Damaged vinyl - normal or bad luck?

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by DM333, Apr 2, 2021.

  1. DM333

    DM333 Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    United Kingdom
    So for about the past year I have been having issues with vinyl I order online coming damaged. I order from lots of different places such as independent record stores, eBay, amazon and discogs. I have the best luck with independent record stores, but most other places it’s about 50/50 of it arriving as described. When ever possible I buy new vinyl so I expect it to be new when it arrives. I’m a collector so any bends, seem splits or marks on the sleeve or vinyl means it gets sent back, I also always ask for it to be well packaged and only buy from sellers with positive feedback. I have been buying records online for almost 20 years, and until recently I was sending back a handful each year. Now I’m literally having to send back half of what I order. Is this normal or bad luck?
  2. Michael Renwick

    Michael Renwick Forum Resident

    Unfortunately this is the new normal.
    80% I have been getting are warped, usually dished. Terrible QC right now, I haven’t order a record in a month, longest I’ve gone in 2 years. I’m done until next year.
  3. Nephrodoc

    Nephrodoc Forum Resident

    Spinning a Rhino SYEOR Dire Straits, thought I would give these a shot. It’s dish warped, but plays ok. Playback is only VG+, which is shame because the mastering is great. I guess that’s the new norm for a $20 LP.

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