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Bakeneko



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:39 pm    Post subject: How to pack vinyl well. Reply with quote

When you ship LP records, how do you pack in order to prevent damage ?
Any commercially made mailer box to recommend, or do you use your own packaging material ? I want to hear your experience both from senders and recipients.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNh58dZAY88

also a good example of well packed shipment
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBXI2uwwggA
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i save the boxes Hells Headbangers and NWN use. they don't get destroyed in transit unlike those thin crappy ones. also pack the lp on the outside of the jacket and in the paper sleeve. it's best to add extra material to where the lp doesnt move around in transit inside the box too, like another sheet of cardboard or plastic bags or bubble wrap to fill space (although plastic bags/bubble wrap wont protect it as well as extra cardboard, just fills up extra room and doesnt weigh hardly anything). just what i do at least, and use a sturdy clear packing tape, no scotch tape, etc. in the US i always use Delivery Confirmation too. never had a bad complaint about anyone receiving an lp from me anywhere.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always wrap the LP and jacket in bubble wrap before putting it in the mailer. I can't understand people especially labels who don't do it this way most of the places I order from just put the LP in the mailer and that's it. Putting the LP in bubble wrap takes longer but it nearly guarantees no damage to the vinyl or jacket.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's an old thread on here with tons of good methods.
Not packing, per say, but it's also a great idea to put some packing tape over the recipient's address, as well as the return address if you're writing on the box with pen/marker etc. I run a shipping/receiving department and you would not believe the amount of things that get lost in transit because of addresses getting wet and rubbing off or being obscured to the point they cannot be delivered. A simple piece of tape solves all this.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The key to shipping vinyl securely is to pack it TIGHT. If you shake the mailer and you can hear anything shuffling around inside, you need more bubble wrap/cardboard inserts/etc.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pizza box cult eternal.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When trading with Germans (and if I got my part of the deal already) I'll use bubble envelopes only. I want the lp to come totally warped and see them cry a river cuz their precious collectors item isn't MINT/MINT!!!! anymore. It usually leads to hilarious complaints in typical kraut-broken English from their side -sometimes degenerating into threats of physical violence even.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've said it here before, but regular mailer into HHR mailer. If sending domestic there's no reason not to do this.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

under a funeral shroom wrote:
I've said it here before, but regular mailer into HHR mailer. If sending domestic there's no reason not to do this.




honestly, a single HHR mailer is good enough for almost anything... best single mailer design out there IMO! I received a pretty interesting mailer that was exclusive to sound stage direct once, but even then I say the HHR mailers have what seems to be a sturdier cardboard material, which would resist damages or punctures better




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pizza box cult eternal.



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some threads of interest, especially the stuff Yosuke has to has to say on the matter:

http://nwnprod.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1130&highlight=packing

http://nwnprod.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=24516&highlight=packing

http://nwnprod.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31391&highlight=packing

As a side note, I've also done the pizza box thing myself, worked excellently. Luckily my local pizza place at the time were cool guys so I could just go down and grab a few boxes for free (we were pretty good customers at the time). Saved a bit on packing materials (still needed bubble wrap, tape, etc of course)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the felix von havok method and article in MRR was totally worth buying that zine for
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Manila envelope with zero padding. Or just tape the plastic outer shut and affix postage/address to that.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where are you guys buying your mailers from in Europe? Just curious.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blood Music wrote:
Where are you guys buying your mailers from in Europe? Just curious.


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been using them for the last year and working out good.
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