Sellers who use cheap mailers to ship expensive LPs

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by misterclean, Jul 14, 2018.

  1. misterclean

    misterclean Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Just had an LP arrive that I paid $50 for. The cover was originally really nice...NM and still in shrink. Now it's VG+ at best with a dog-eared corner because the seller was too cheap to buy a decent mailer. :mad:

    Is it really too much to expect someone to spend an extra dollar on a quality mailer that offers corner protection, especially for (somewhat) pricey LPs? :confused:
     
  2. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    Greater Vancouver
    No, and why I always make my own cardboard CD mailers. Laziness is no excuse and it's not exactly rocket science.
     
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  3. nosliw

    nosliw Azunyan! にゃーーー!

    Location:
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    I find that quite a few UK sellers through eBay and Discogs use cheap, thin resealable envelope style mailers for LPs.
     
  4. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    Extremely annoying, isn't it ? Once someone has shown me that that is how they're going to ship an album, that's it, I'm done with them. Absolutely no point in ever giving them another dollar of my money.
     
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  5. misterclean

    misterclean Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  6. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    Or maybe you care about sending, and receiving an album in a proper manner.
     
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  7. Why should they incur the cost? And how do you know it's the packaging and not the handling?
     
  8. Shawn

    Shawn Forum Resident

    One of my biggest pet peeves in this hobby. These days, I have a pretty limited # of people I buy from as I know I won't be burned by mis-gradings or sloppy mailings.
     
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  9. misterclean

    misterclean Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
    A well-packaged LP is much less likely to be damaged in transit than one that isn't.
     
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  10. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    Because flimsier mailers are going to more susceptible to damage. When I received a record broken into pieces last year, it was because not only did some sociopath decide to bend it in half, but the light cardboard made it that much easier.
     
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  11. Well, duh! That doesn't answer the question though.
     
  12. That much easier to bend? Anything packaged in cardboard, even the cheaper ones, only become a concern when mishandled.
     
  13. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    I experimented after that, trying to bend incoming albums, in standard mailers, and it took much more effort. I'm talking really flimsy. Like the boxes model cars came in, where it tears like paper.
     
  14. Shawn

    Shawn Forum Resident

    I'd consider providing adequate shipping materials to be a cost of doing business, and should be factored in to the price of the record or the shipping costs. If they're selling on this site, use the savings from not having to pay a listing fee to cover it.
     
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  15. If a buyer is concerned about packaging then they should communicate this with the seller.
     
  16. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    The savings is so small for those using these, it's beyond any common sense, and simply greed.

    So strange to see Amazon finally getting it right, while some go in the wrong direction.
     
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  17. That's completely unacceptable...we're talking about LP mailers.
     
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  18. Shawn

    Shawn Forum Resident

    Many of the good sellers (here and elsewhere) specifically mention how they ship in their listings.
     
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  19. Greed to you...a loss for them. I'm playing a bit of Devil's Advocate here.....
     
  20. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    A loss of my business, yes. Also, since this is still America, I'll continue to warn others, esp. when they ask.
     
  21. And I do as well, plus I give them on option for even better shipping.
     
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  22. I hear ya.
     
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  23. Don't see what America has to do with this, but ok. :)
     
  24. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    I started this thread, shortly after joining this forum, because I had never, from starting my collection in 1964, to 2010, ever received an album through the mail, so I was fascinated by it. It's a tool for others to use when choosing a great seller here :

    To Those Who Have Sold Me Vinyl Here...
     
  25. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

    Free Speech. Because I've got a fishing buddy of a known retailer that thinks I should keep my bad experience to myself, in another thread in this sub-forum.

    He thinks a sturdier mailer should be requested !?!?
     

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