This is my first post on here so many apologies if its in the wrong place. I like most on here have got the vinyl bug again. However I am experiencing a huge issue with defective vinyl arriving from Amazon. So I am looking for advice and information. The vinyl I have purchased brand new are from the following groups. Queen / Greatest Hits Volume 2. Aha - Hunting High And Low - Aha - Scoundrel Days - Depeche Mode - A Broken Frame - Genesis - Duke - Genesis - Abacab- Genesis - Genesis - Genesis - Invisible Touch - Imagination - In The Heat Of The Night x 2 Copies. Phil Collins - Face Value. - Phil Collins - Hello I Must Be Going All this vinyl was purchased from Amazon,brand new and sealed and sold by Amazon. All this vinyl was factory sealed,yet when I open up the vinyl it has huge visual defects and scratches,and when I play them its full of pops and crackles, even vinyl I purchased 30 years ago looks and sounds better than this 180gm stuff. So my question is this. Since I am new to the vinyl revival stuff, is this the norm with these new pressings? I mean they are charging $25 and more for new vinyl that they ship out as damaged? I was reading on another forum how some guy had purchased a few Duran and Depeche Mode vinyl, and had been promised from the plant they would send him replacements and when they arrived all the vinyl had the same issues. So is this Amazon and how they store this vinyl? Is it bad pressings, and lazy record companies not making the effort? Just trying to find out why it’s so frustrating when your trying to buy brand new vinyl and it all arrives damaged and looking like its 30 years old!!!