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I buy from discogs more than anywhere. 30+ orders this year

I have a few sellers that I buy from regularly - 2 of them in the Ukraine, and a couple in France. Service/pricing/packaging etc is fantastic.

as mentioned above, from US is too expensive unless you really need it!

I have had minor corner dings on a couple of shipments but that's not because they weren't packaged properly; if you drop a box of records on the corner, it is going to bend a little bit.

This is part of buying records. I won't go off on someone because a cover has some minor damage that happened in shipping, if I can see they packaged it properly.

 

@Tubularbells example is a different story, I have never seen anything like that, and I wouldn't let that go.

 

If it is something crazy valuable/rare and mint I will contact them first and get a bit of communication going before placing the order to make sure they know what they are doing.

my advice is, spend 5 minutes checking seller feedback, max out the amount of records you can get to get the best out of the shipping cost (under 2 kg) also reduces the possibility of damage

build yourself up a healthy want list so you can easily see when you find a record if the seller has anything else you're chasing.

My guys weigh the package for me and let me know if I can get another one in there.

I am buying mostly techno/electronic though, so there are lots of big Euro sellers and plenty to choose from. Often they have a mix of new releases and back catalogue of older used stuff so I can mix up a good selection of new/old.

I much prefer to buy from good specialist sellers on discogs than Amazon (actually I have never bought a record on amazon)

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I buy via discogs. Not really had a bad experience yet thankfully.

i tend to buy local where possible but also from UK, Germany and USA, though as already said USA postage costs these days is horrible.

 

i find eBay pretty good too, especially if it’s a newer release.

 

sadly any postage is risky but my experience percentage of good v bad is favourable.

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Only buy vinyl records from op shops (with the exception of Dylan 1966 from JB, as that wasn't available otherewise except for the mega box set).  Have bought 78s from ebay. 

 

I echo the stupidity of GST on secondhand items bought overseas.  Add the ridiculous postage rates.  No wonder I'm buying less from overseas. 

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Only had about 10 discogs transactions, and all have been good. 

 

Check seller history and feedback. Buy NM and factor in EX-/VG+ prices instead. Postage is the killer though.

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9 hours ago, Benny G said:

I buy from discogs more than anywhere. 30+ orders this year

I have a few sellers that I buy from regularly - 2 of them in the Ukraine, and a couple in France. Service/pricing/packaging etc is fantastic.

as mentioned above, from US is too expensive unless you really need it!

I have had minor corner dings on a couple of shipments but that's not because they weren't packaged properly; if you drop a box of records on the corner, it is going to bend a little bit.

This is part of buying records. I won't go off on someone because a cover has some minor damage that happened in shipping, if I can see they packaged it properly.

 

@Tubularbells example is a different story, I have never seen anything like that, and I wouldn't let that go.

 

If it is something crazy valuable/rare and mint I will contact them first and get a bit of communication going before placing the order to make sure they know what they are doing.

my advice is, spend 5 minutes checking seller feedback, max out the amount of records you can get to get the best out of the shipping cost (under 2 kg) also reduces the possibility of damage

build yourself up a healthy want list so you can easily see when you find a record if the seller has anything else you're chasing.

My guys weigh the package for me and let me know if I can get another one in there.

I am buying mostly techno/electronic though, so there are lots of big Euro sellers and plenty to choose from. Often they have a mix of new releases and back catalogue of older used stuff so I can mix up a good selection of new/old.

I much prefer to buy from good specialist sellers on discogs than Amazon (actually I have never bought a record on amazon)

Thanks mate I was wondering exactly that if I want multiple purchases and want to avoid multiple freight charges do I create a wish list and its somehow spotted buy a dealer and they do there best to fill it.

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3 minutes ago, Muzzcat said:

Thanks mate I was wondering exactly that if I want multiple purchases and want to avoid multiple freight charges do I create a wish list and its somehow spotted buy a dealer and they do there best to fill it.

Another thing I should add is what I'm wanting to do is replace my old much loved music because the pot the piss and the partying has wrecked some of my favourite tracks so is it better to get reissues or try to find original pressings. I kind of was and still am into zappa, mahavishnu orchestra, Robert fripp all of that era sort of stuff that was a bit out there can't stand commercial music.While I'm at it I started another forum on building a tube amp in kit form can I crank a zappa solo on a tube amp or does his style not work with this subdued type of amp or will it just be magically better I love his solo on muffin man that sort of thing.Sorry for the long winded queries but I've been listening to vinyl for more than 45yrs on my own gear without paying much attention to sound quality or brand names as long as it worked and was bearable to my untrained ear. Now I'm in my sixties I can play that stuff in a bit more of a restrained way and appreciate the genius of those sorts of musos. Is that how you spell musos

 

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25 minutes ago, Muzzcat said:

Thanks mate I was wondering exactly that if I want multiple purchases and want to avoid multiple freight charges do I create a wish list and its somehow spotted buy a dealer and they do there best to fill it.

...and you'll have to do your best to check that they are fair dinkum and your choices are what they say they are,but...in the end it all comes down to weight and where you(they) purchase from, which country.

 

My last order through D/cogs came via that well known postal service...Laos and original purchase was from a HK dealer.

 

*Just as an aside: I recently did a trawl through Amazon both here and OS and I was able to land three  new LP's for under $78 usd. They arrived in a proper mailer with lp's removed from covers and they were all in one parcel.(I asked for the seller to open them and remove the vinyl and if in a paper inner replace it with a plastic one.)

So there are bargains out there. Iron+Wine,Our Endless Numbered Days  was one of the LP'simage.png.3b57224e061826e41fe8185c5e2ea5da.png

$10.75 usd+delivery

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2 hours ago, Muzzcat said:

...While I'm at it I started another forum on building a tube amp in kit form can I crank a zappa solo on a tube amp or does his style not work with this subdued type of amp or will it just be magically better I love his solo on muffin man that sort of thing...

Zappa will sound great on a good tube system and bad on a poor tube system.  He will also sound great on a good solid-state system and bad on a poor solid-state system.  My opinion.

 

2 hours ago, Muzzcat said:

...Now I'm in my sixties I can play that stuff in a bit more of a restrained way and appreciate the genius of those sorts of musos. Is that how you spell musos

The spelling is OK to me.

 

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15 hours ago, Muzzcat said:

Thanks mate I was wondering exactly that if I want multiple purchases and want to avoid multiple freight charges do I create a wish list and its somehow spotted buy a dealer and they do there best to fill it.

no the want list is just for you.

but let's say there are 10 copies all over the world of that frank zappa record you want.

well you can look at all those sellers, and when you look at their list of items for sale, there is a list also of what they have in your want list. so the way to buy is to find the best option based on a mix of price and what else you can pick up off that seller, so as to minimise the amount of money you spend on shipping.

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On 16/09/2018 at 10:31 AM, Benny G said:

no the want list is just for you.

but let's say there are 10 copies all over the world of that frank zappa record you want.

well you can look at all those sellers, and when you look at their list of items for sale, there is a list also of what they have in your want list. so the way to buy is to find the best option based on a mix of price and what else you can pick up off that seller, so as to minimise the amount of money you spend on shipping.

Thanks for help.

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I only buy from sellers who has at least 95% rating but mostly 100% and records that are graded mint or NM-. And I check if they have received a bad review recently. Some sellers might have been around for many years, made more than 1000 sales but had a bad review 5 years ago. If their recent track records are good then I am happy to trust them.

 

I always make a point to ask the sellers politely if they mind packing the record with extra hard cover boards to avoid damages, if they wish to charge extra for postage I am happy to pay. Especially for the hard to find and expensive ones. There’s no point in saving a few dollars if you were going to buy a rare record. I also stressed that I have received many damaged in transit and even a record broken into two halves, which was a true story. They usually packed very well and so far all received in great forms.

 

The grading does varies and sometimes a very noisy record even after it has been through a few ultrasonic cleaning.

 

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