Would you like to know how to transport vinyl albums safely and reliably while still providing the finest unpacking experience for your customers?
It sounds like sending vinyl albums in the mail is a nightmare. It's no wonder that vinyl packing difficulties are a hot subject on the internet, given the increased demand on delivery businesses and couriers to cram more products into each truck every trip.
Let's get down to business.
Many Blog articles (usually accompanied by advertisements for low-cost packaging) and forum posts claim to show you how to ship vinyl records - you need bubblewrap, tape, non-stick packing paper, doubly reinforced and stiffened board parcels, and then apparently you need to deploy a high-tech futuristic stasis device that defies the laws of physics, time, and delivery drivers' steel-toe boots. The bit regarding the stasis device might have been made up. The other suggestions, on the other hand, are well-worn instances of going too far… (I really like the idea of using a pizza box!) Allow me to explain…
Vinyl Packaging Advice 1 (Good idea, however there are better solutions!)
Vinyl Packaging Advice 2 (Bubble-wrap armageddon)
Vinyl Packaging Advice 3 (Good advice, but OTT on the bubble wrap!)
Vinyl Packaging Advice 4 (Method that takes a long time)
Vinyl Packaging Advice 5 (Better packaging choices are available, but the process is inefficient.)
Vinyl Packaging Advice 6 (Eek! Knives! Package chopping!)
The examples above seem to miss out on these things:
- Over-Packaging: Is it really essential to cover everything with bubble wrap? Is it really necessary to use stiffeners? How much tape will you go through if you choose these options? Your consumer will have to rummage through everything, which might damage the vinyl and sleeves within.
- Time: Everyone that ships vinyl records appears to have a LOT of time to package vinyl. Or maybe you don't. When it comes to mailing vinyl, you need solutions that are both speedy and efficient.
- Impact Protection: In the packaging industry, impact protection is a major concern. This is especially true when it comes to vinyl records and their frequently precious yet delicate inner and outer covers. So why use self-assembled kits that aren't meant to provide impact protection and motion restraint?
- Postal Costs: The majority of postage and mailing expenses are determined by size tarriffs or volume/weight calculations. Basically, the larger and heavier your shipment is, the more you'll have to spend in shipping expenses to get it to your buyer. Extra packaging adds weight and space to your shipment, especially if you're utilising a box. Reduce your packing and postage expenses, especially if you can take advantage of'small parcel' price cuts and other discounts.
- Packaging Costs: Packaging is an expensive, yet extremely important, aspect of any e-commerce or postal business procedure. It's an important aspect of keeping your consumers happy. However, if you want to save money on packaging and shipping vinyl albums, you'll need to be resourceful. Don't skimp on secure and safe delivery, but do so with care. Rather of DIY 'bodge-jobs' with inexpensive materials, use specifically designed all-in-one mailers.
The best advice you'll find in articles on how to send vinyl records often follows these trends:
- Sleeve Removal and 'Sandwiching': At least half of the advice out there centres around removing vinyl records from sleeves before packaging and posting. Why? Because impacts can often cause the vinyl to knock, burst-through and generally degrade those all-important sleeves. Don't get caught out if this is a concern to you, or your vinyl sleeves are weak or old. You need a 'snug-fit' mailer, that reduces movement inside, but by 'sandwiching' your vinyl OUTSIDE of the sleeves, between the inner and outer sleeves inside the package to maintain the vinyl surface, you can limit any damage done to the sleeves. Important Note: Lil Packaging FLP's and F-EP's are designed so that you shouldn't really have to do this, but it's your call!
- Reinforced Corners: Packaging 'corners' must be strengthened. If a corner of your vinyl sleeve is destroyed in shipping, the sleeve's value plummets, and your consumer is likely to demand a refund. When mailing vinyl albums, don't take chances; always use corner-reinforced packing! (The vinyl mailers from Lil Packaging are built with reinforced corners.)
- Securely Sealed: Shipping 'antique' or rare vinyl? If a potential thief knows what to look for, your vinyls could become easy targets for pilfering in the mail. Worse still, if your package isn't securely sealed, the content could spill out, get damaged, or simply get lost or seperated. All are negative 'fun-sponge' options. However, none of the examples shown above provide mailers with 'built-in' sealing systems like "peel'n'seal", like our Lil Packaging options have.
For 12-Inch Vinyl LP's: reinforced kraft corrugated wallets, no need for stiffeners like those cheap options found on eBay - FLP.
For 7-Inch Vinyl EP's: The sturdy F-EP.
If you would like to talk to us about shipping vinyl records by mail, or any other packaging related challenges, don't hesitate to contact us here, or via our phone number located at the bottom of the page.