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Posted on November 18, 2022 at 10:33:28
ghost of olddude55
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...I've ordered about half dozen LPs from the jungle website over the past month, and other than the Alice Coltrane reissue, they've all been packed in LP mailers which are then packed (loosely) in larger boxes.
Just FYI.



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RE: Amazon LP shipping..., posted on November 18, 2022 at 10:50:28
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I have ordered a lot of LP's from Amazon, and that is the predominant shipping configuration I've observed.

There are exceptions, though. I have, from time to time, received LP's in nothing more than a bubble mailer. Nearly 100% of these were promptly returned due to shipping damage.

I have also received some in just an LP mailer. A few of these have been returned due to damage.

Occasionally they'll put an LP inside a shipping box with no LP mailer. Results in this case are generally good, though some have been damaged by other items in the same box (sometimes other LP's in LP mailers) or because the shipping box was damaged.

It's hard to say whether they are converging to a standard or there is a standard (LP mailer inside shipping box) with some deviations.

Target, on the other hand, has been interesting to observe. I have found some good prices online at Target, and gave them a try. The first few shipments were not good - rookie mistakes, to be sure - and I returned the damaged LP's right to a retail Target location. However, in pretty short order, recent shipments have been in LP shipping containers on a par with Acoustic Sounds or Plaid Room.

 

I've had amazing luck., posted on November 18, 2022 at 11:08:34
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Even when the LP was packed poorly, I've yet to receive one with shipping damage. From any source.



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RE: Amazon LP shipping..., posted on November 18, 2022 at 14:39:00
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They are educable after all!
My recent experience is similar, having had LPs tossed in a large box unprotected. The end result being damaged outer sleeves and warped LPs. My Sun Ra Arkestra Saturn LP Covers book arrived earlier this week. It was tossed in a large box with four LPs. The latter in mailers, but the book did not survive the journey. Back it went. Apparently Amazon's ability to learn is limited. I ordered a signed book from Fantagraphics, no issues.

 

In all the years..., posted on November 18, 2022 at 16:06:47
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...I've been ordering crap from Amazon I've had exactly one item arrive DOA. It was some cheap electronic toy I bought for my grandson that got slammed to many times for it to work.
Have returned many items, but not due to damage rather due to truly lousy quality.



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RE: Amazon LP shipping..., posted on November 18, 2022 at 20:16:44
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My experience is that Amazon does not learn from their mistakes, or the pressured employees do not care. What should be common sense is missing. Feedback is useless. Could be lots of reasons, but poor shipping procedures continue with my record shipments.




 

RE: Amazon LP shipping..., posted on November 19, 2022 at 06:27:41
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At least your records won't smell bad!

 

Nothing like great music by the cat box. The cat's mostly into eating though. nt, posted on November 19, 2022 at 09:41:57
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RE: Amazon LP shipping..., posted on November 19, 2022 at 10:14:28
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I prefer to avoid Amazon on principle. Most of my record purchases are either at the local emporium or Discogs. I prefer to support independent folks whenever possible.

 

RE: Amazon LP shipping..., posted on November 19, 2022 at 11:29:27
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I agree with you but I'm not principled enough to avoid Amazon. They make it too easy. Two buttons to press to order, free two day shipping and easy returns. I also order quite a bit from AS and ED as well as discogs and eBay. So I don't feel too guilty. I guess we all have to pick our fights.

 

I do, too, but..., posted on November 19, 2022 at 13:51:06
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One store doesn't sell new releases or new reissues. I'm not going to find Tone Poet titles, for example.
The other store is about the same distance away but the drive is a headache. It doesn't take long but it involves some truly miserable roads. Nevertheless, I've dropped plenty of money there over the years and there's no need to worry about support them.
BTW, two more Tone Poets (neither of which are available locally) were delivered by Amazon today, each LP in it's own mailer packed inside an outer box.



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It's the drive there and back., posted on November 19, 2022 at 13:52:20
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Going to Millvale from Pittsburgh's South Hills doesn't take long, but the traffic is still miserable. I'd go more often if not for the damned drive there and back.



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RE: I've had amazing luck., posted on November 19, 2022 at 14:50:05
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Percentage-wise, I agree with you. Though I've had a number of returns due to damage, most were shipped incredibly poorly (bubble envelope). I've also had some miraculously undamaged LP's arrive in abysmal packing or mangled boxes.

 

Here's my crazy Amazon mailer. Amazingly, it made it! , posted on November 19, 2022 at 22:52:24
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I think of those as 'LP Body Bags', posted on November 20, 2022 at 03:41:59
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Having found the remains of more than a few LPs in them...album cover art being the 'dental records' or DNA to identify the departed...

 

Got one in a bag like that, but the LP was in a cardboard mailer inside the bag., posted on November 20, 2022 at 05:31:57
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And the cardboard mailers aren't any different than what the typical Discogs purchase is shipped in.



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RE: Here's my crazy Amazon mailer. Amazingly, it made it! , posted on November 20, 2022 at 06:56:12
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I got one like that years ago which amazingly fit perfectly in my regulation size mailbox. I was astounded until I opened it and realized the record had broken neatly in half. The seller couldn't understand why that would happen as all his other sales had gone without a hitch...-

 

And they were so proud that their "packaging was lighter than our smallest box." nt, posted on November 20, 2022 at 10:08:39
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Hahaha. Love it. , posted on November 20, 2022 at 10:11:07
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I avoid ordering records on Amazon but..., posted on November 21, 2022 at 08:21:47
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last week ran across Led Zeppelin V - Remastered 10th Anniversary Edition by The Black Watch and couldn't resist. Arrived two days, undamaged, laying in a big box with the album laying inside it free to move about. This was not available at my normal on-line retailers and since it was Prime I took the chance.

FWIW I usually by new CDs from Amazon Prime. I no longer buy CDs or records from 3rd party vendors on Amazon because of poor packaging and poor grading standards.

 

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