Got home from my short vacation and there was this packages waiting for me. Art Zoyd and latest repress of their awesome “Génération Sans Futur” on black vinyl. Nice experimental & avantgarde modern classical album and so on.. but I have something to say about packaging.. once again. Album came shrink-wrapped even though I asked to ship it record and cover separated, well it arrived without seam-splits and I was happy about that. Then I took a closer look and.. one […]
Here it is. Shadow Play by 36. Awesome! I have been following this artist now about 3-4 years and this artist is one of those whose records are ‘must have’ for me. This album is filled with drone & ambient, darkened kind. I don’t know but somehow there’s this sad atmosphere wrapped around it.. sad but waiting. ‘Shadow Play’ is limited to 100 copies for those who ordered (and funded) it, so this record on vinyl format might be little hard to find […]
Hmm.. and damn to postal services etc. Ordered this from Discogs and the album was packaged super secured (mailer with bumper/crash zones, album wrapped in bubble wrap etc.) but it did not prevent some a-hole somewhere along the way to use this package as a frisbee.. One corner of the mailer was smashed in and have to say that I haven’t seen this bad damage ever with these kind of mailers. In this case I’m waving my fingers at postal services. […]
A picture paints a thousand words. If some one would like to know what is inside this “professional” mailer, just contact me and I’m happy to reveal that. It’s a pity because I really waited this to arrive. After seeing some pictures of already packaged albums on company’s facebook page last week.. I became very worried. Well..
Haa.. I got this pizza delivery today.. Actually I’m not smiling at all, more like speechless at this moment. Well.. pictures tell more than thousand words. — Here we can see that this awesome pizza package has nicely bent… — Oh, even without opening the box I can see what’s inside.. a record. — And the record itself, placed on the flat surface. How nicely it is twisted.. but that’s not all.. — If I remember right, I asked if […]
I have been busy with our little puppy last one and a half week so I haven’t been following “stream of records” that intensively during this period.. but here’s some records I have my eyes on.. FRANZ KIRMANN – Meridians 2xLP (ltd. 150 on clear gold vinyl ) Denovali (€19.50 + shipping) Cinematic, electronic music from one half of Piano Interrupted. MATTHEW COLLINGS – Silence Is A Rhythm Too LP (ltd 150, on silver vinyl) Denovali (€16.00 + shipping) Interesting tunes, abstract modern […]
Nice start for this week. Got this package from the States today. From following pictures you can see how it was packaged.. not good at all. Record was packed in envelope like this. By holding this on my hands I already knew that this one is not going to be in condition I though it was when I purchased this one. Yep, there was bubble-wrap, but no carton stiffeners etc. Not that bad-looking one but when looking little closer we […]
This post is not about the band or their music, this is a post about damaged covers in general. This one is just for an example. I got this one few days ago (you can read about that from my previous post). Anyways, the point is that when I pay for the record & shipping I assume to get mint condition record (in whole) in secured package. And as you can see, it came with two damaged corners. Did I pay […]
Well, seems that bad winds are blowing to this direction.. and it is third week in row.. First I got this package from UK, and you can see with your naked eyes that there ain’t gonna be pristine stuff inside. And surprisingly, I was right.. Two corners of the cover nicely smashed.. I just wanna say that it’s useless to blame post on these, this would have been prevented easily by using better mailer or at least by using some […]
This week started with a package that breaks my heart. It took over 3 months to arrive but the worst thing is that it was packaged like this (I just let the pictures speak..) There’s no doubt that three months via Sea mail ain’t the best thing for the vinyl album that is packaged in Expandable Though Bag without any stiffeners etc.. :) “Expandable Though Bags are a strong yet light-weight bag. The side gussets allow the bag to expand […]
Shrink-wrap, the “Magical” wrapping material that allows you to grade your albums as MINT, without exception. I do not think so. I give you few examples why. — This album I bought few years ago from Discogs. Both cover and the record were graded as Mint just because the album was still sealed in shrink-wrap. Well, does this cover look like Mint? I don’t think so. Record itself was in excellent condition but the cover.. — Then I have another example […]
02/14/14 UPDATE: Issue with this shipment is now solved with the record company and I’m waiting for the replacement one (and for your information, band had nothing to do with this task). When you got a package like this, thin and mangled, you quite well know what to expect.. (surprisingly from UK). Let’s take a closer look on the package.. Here we can see that the package has few bends on the corners. And when keeping this on my hands […]
Picked this up from the Post office today, a record with a tent. Bought this from Discogs and both record and cover were graded as Mint. I think that we have some differences about grading records with this seller. The point is that this is not supposed to be gatefold cover.. and yet another picture of this “Mint” cover.. Well, is there more I can say about this.. no. But the question is: How would You grade this cover?
And with this one I’m very happy!! This came today from Mondo. Some of you who have been following this blog of mine know that I got this record few months ago with nasty looking seam splits. I was not that pleased with it (you can read about that here and here). But now, I’m very pleased about Mondo’s customer services (especially Thanks to Mo!). This replacement album came records taken out of the cover and in perfect condition (and […]
Got that Luke Howard’s album today and it was packaged the way I like, the way I asked it to be packaged. Record was taken out of the cover, wrapped in bubble wrap, secured with carton stiffeners and packaged in mailer with lovely “bumper zones” (securing the corners of the cover). And the record, it turned out to be in perfect condition! The main point is that this package came from Australia to Europe and the record was in perfect […]
Got this today, and now I have to say that I’m not happy at all. Some time ago I wrote here on my blog about the other version (version A) of this soundtrack and how disappointed I was when it came seam splitted.. With this version I sent email that could they remove shrink-wrap etc.. and send records taken out of the cover blah blah blah.. And this is what I got (version B). Shrink wrapped album, once again and […]
Picked these form Post office earlier today. And once again I could see with my bare eyes that there is going to be records with damaged corners. I was not wrong (once again). From this day on when I’m going to purchase any record I’ll do this: Contact the sellers and suggest that I’m ready to pay more if they can promise me that they do everything that the record will arrive secured. Ask them to add carton stiffeners, bubble […]
Here we are, with a pile of packages I picked up this morning from Post Office. Let’s go these trough one by one with pictures. ——————————————————————————————————————– Package 01 This is that usual mailer most of the companies are using. With this case there are visible bumps in every corner of the package. I can also feel how record is moving freely inside the mailer. Few closer pictures of the mailer’s corner (actually pictures of every corner..).. Well, looking quite sad? […]
And here is another post about packing vinyl records more secure way. With this case we need: packing tape, double-sided tape, carton stiffeners, some kind of knife (pink scissors can do), bubble wrap and two large pieces of carton. Oh and of course we need a plan! ——————————————————————————————————————– 1) We have to plan the body of this mailer. And here are plans how to cut and fold those carton pieces: The plan of smaller piece, let’s call it hmm.. a small […]
Here I’m going to show how you can, at least, pack records for shipping. I know that everyone has their own secret ways but this is minimum what you can do.. 1) Well, here is what we need: mailer, packing tape, bubble wrap, carton stiffeners (carton, cut to size of the record but it’s better cut those cartons little bigger than the cover, choice is yours), some kind of paper knife (Rambo knife and scissors can also do that job) […]
Today I got a record that I purchased from Discogs. Usually I do not buy used records, definitely without seeing those items with my own eyes, but sometimes I make exceptions (with records I have been looking for a long long time) hoping that item is as described. Question is: Does this look Near Mint (NM or M-) to You? Bottom seam looking like this (over the entire length, and the top seam looking nearly the same). And of course […]
“At first I was afraid, I was petrified..” Package looking like this came today. Big envelope and I was sure that whatever it was holding is in thousands of pieces.. For my surprise, there was a record mailer inside of this big bubble wrap envelope.. Inside the mailer I found a bubble wrapped vinyl record! No seam splits, dings, bumps, bends etc.. perfect condition! And this is the point when GALACTUS says YES!! Approved by Galactus and I have to […]
This post is about mailers used to send out vinyl records.. from best to worst. This is purely my opinion, feel free to comment if you like.. This is one of the best, with bumber zones to secure corners of the cover.. and another one with bumber zones (love these ones). This is the usual one, most of records comes packed mailers like this.. not that bad (but these do not secure your vinyl enough). And here’s the worst one […]
There must be something totally wrong about the way they pack vinyl albums in UK. I got two shipments today and I am quite horrified about the condition of albums, just wanted to attach few pictures I took. Covers ruined and the other album was “nicely” twisted.. yes yes.. I do not really know what these people are thinking.. sending records out packed like that and even bother pack those on proper LP mailers..