These records are mailed by us using brand new envelope-style mailers, unless we have a cruciform mailer that may be recycled easily. We usually use two stiffeners, one placed each side of the record with the 'grain' of the corrugation placed in opposite axes. Our stiffeners are usually new, although we do recycle packaging that has arrived with us where we can, so stiffeners may be hand-cut on occasion.
We do not remove records from covers unless this is requested. Unlike cruciform mailers, envelope style mailers usually clamp the record sufficiently well in order to make spine or edge splits that result from shipping highly unlikely. For the same reason, polythene bags are used only where appropriate, when we have some ro recycle, and where it has been requested that the record is removed from the sleeve.
Records are shipped using printed labels, usually cut and pasted from PayPal so that we use the exact same addressing that you use yourself. Otherwise we will type into the word processor to take your address from any accompanying letter you may have sent us. In addition, all records are shipped with a 'Handle with Care', 'Do Not Bend' label that includes our return address and postcode. Records do sometimes make their way back to us if they are undeliverable. We also stamp front and rear with a red 'Do Not Bend' stamp, and draw a version of the glass 'fragile' symbol on the rear of the packet.
These are packed exactly as above and shipped in the same 12" mailers with the following amendment. In order to prevent the disc from moving around during transport it will be placed in some form of protection, usually a plastic bag or spare polylined inner sleeve, and overtaped to the inside of one of the stiffeners using parcel tape.
Singles and EPs are shipped in white Mail-Lite envelopes. We usually use two stiffeners, one placed each side of the record with the 'grain' of the corrugation placed in opposite axes. Our stiffeners are usually new, although we do recycle packaging that has arrived with us where we can, so stiffeners may be hand-cut on occasion. The Mail-Lite is neatly cut down to match the size of the records so that they cannot shift around inside the envelope.
All other packaging is in accordance with the 12" description above. Sometimes, with Air-Mail and Customs forms it is difficult to get every label on it, but 'Do Not Bend' will always be highly visible.
Boxed sets and other quantities of records that will not fit within a mailing envelope are packed using hand made cruciform style patterns cut from sheet cardboard. These will include an additional stiffening layer on each side of the records and will also include additional reinforcement at the corners in order to prevent crushing. Brown parcel tape is used to close the package, and labelling styles and annotation are in accordance with the 12" description above
occasionally leave out a stiffener or even both if this makes the difference between shipping a quantity of records in one envelope or two. This saves you money and, if you are buying that many records, the package is unlikely to bend in the post anyway.
We Do Not...
Pack using plastic bags as a matter of routine. Shipping with the packing we use does not affect the cover or contents. We do not ship using bubble-wrap except in the rare event of our sending a 78rpm or other shellac record. In this instance, the packaging will be custom made, similar to that described under Boxed Sets above.
If you have special packaging requirements...
like bubblewrap, double stiffeners, aluminium sheet, or loose packing in foam particles, mail us for a quote before bidding. We will charge you more for any options you require, so please don't make any additional packing requests when you check out that you have not previously cleared with us.