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Our COVID-19 Status

Given that the world is justifiably alarmed about the coronavirus, and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic, we thought we’d let you know how it is affecting us.

As Rarerecords.net operates as a mail order company only, we have not been directly affected by the current situation.  We’re located in an area where, to date, infections are relatively scarce.

We remain open for business, and can still ship records on our normal schedule, as mail pickup has so far continued without interruption.  As long as U.S. Postal Service is able to deliver packages, we should remain open for business and do not foresee any discontinuation of service in the immediate future.

What will probably change in the next few weeks is that we may not be adding as much new inventory to the site as we usually do.  We acquire our inventory from a variety of sources around the world, and some of those sources have been indirectly affected by the outbreak, as this problem is global in scope.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to heed the recommendations of your local authorities and to do what you can to stay safe.

The Center for Disease Control has some good tips for helping you avoid becoming infected.

We wish everyone continued good health.

Charlie Essmeier

Rarerecords.net

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Double Boxing Option Now Available at Checkout

We now offer the option to have your package double-boxed for shipping.   With double-boxing,  the records are placed in one box and that box placed inside another one for a more secure package.

You will find an option to select Double Boxing at checkout for an additional fee.

double-boxed package

We pack our records well; in the past six years, we’ve had one problem due to shipping damage, and that one involved a package that had a hole punched in it by a piece of machinery.

We ship most records in easy-to-open mailers that offer external protection against corner damage.  Inside the box, the album is protected by one or more cardboard filler pads on each side.

On high-value items, we pack in oversized boxes and wrap the album in bubble wrap and then add corner protectors that fit inside the box.

This is what we do for all packages, regardless of whether you choose free Media Mail shipping or paid Priority Mail or Express Mail options.

Still, from time to time, we have received requests from customers for their albums to be shipped double-boxed.

We don’t like to double-box, as it doubles the cost of the packaging, and adds to the cost of shipping.  This is because a double-boxed package is larger and weighs more, and thus costs more to ship.

As we provide free shipping on approximately 90% of the packages we mail, double-boxing increases our shipping costs, and, in our opinion, does not make the package significantly less likely to be damaged in shipping.

For 99% of our customers, double-boxing is not necessary and we do not recommend it.

In order to accommodate those who want double-boxing anyway, we have now added that option to checkout, and you may have your purchase double-boxed for shipping for an additional fee of $10.00.

This is entirely optional; our standard packing is free and is sufficient for all purchases.  The free standard packing option will be selected by default at checkout.

If you prefer that your order receive double-boxing, just check the radio button at checkout and the $10 double-boxing fee will be added to your total purchase price.

double boxing

If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact us.

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Quantity Discounts

 

 

 

 

 

While we usually have one category on sale, we’re now offering discounts for the purchase of multiple items.

If you purchase 2-4 items, you’ll receive a 10% discount.

If you purchase 5 or more items, you’ll receive a 20% discount.

These discounts are added automatically to your shopping cart.  Certain rules apply.

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New Article – Beatles Colored Vinyl Records

beatles sgt pepper colored vinyl france

If you’re a fan of either colored vinyl records or records by the Beatles, you might be interested in an article we’ve recently written about Beatles colored vinyl albums.

There have been 30 or so different albums by the Beatles released around the world in one or more colors of non-black vinyl, and we’ve written extensively about them.

We’re not sure we’ve covered all of the commercially available titles, but we’re confident that we’re pretty close.

You can read the article about Beatles colored vinyl albums here.

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New Store and Shopping Cart System

woo commerce logoWe recently discovered that our shopping cart system was no longer returning shipping prices for customers in the United Kingdom, making it impossible for those customers to make a purchase.

While trying to fix that, we also discovered that the company that created our shopping cart system recently went out of business.

That means that we not only have no support to fix this particular problem, but we wouldn’t have any support to help fix any problems that might occur in the future.

These problems made it necessary to change our store and shopping cart system, which essentially required rebuilding a 700+ page Website from the ground up.

Our new store is built on Woocommerce, a shopping cart system used by nearly 40% of all of the stores on the Internet.  The new system should be both easier to use and more reliable.  As a bonus, customers will no longer have to leave the Website to complete their purchase at PayPal.

We’ve tested the system, but there were hundreds of things on the site that needed to change during the site rebuild.  We’ve undoubtedly missed one or two of them, and there may be the occasional feature that doesn’t work properly.

If you encounter any difficulties with the new version of the site, please contact us.

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New Rare Records – Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Beach Boys, Paul Smith

new rare records - joni mitchell, james taylor, beach boys, paul smith

new rare records - joni mitchell, james taylor, beach boys, paul smith

New items in our store include:

James Taylor/Joni Mitchell – In Perfect Harmony sealed 1970 live album

Beach Boys – Smiley Smile original 1967 mono LP

Paul Smith – Brazilian Detour 1968 red vinyl Japanese Bossa Nova LP with obi

You can see the rest of our new arrivals in our store.

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New Rare Records – Beatles and Mamas and the Papas

rare records - beatles, mamas and the papas

rare records - beatles, mamas and the papas

New items in our store include:

Beatles – Yesterday and Today mono peeled (third state) Butcher cover

Beatles – Yesterday and Today stereo pastover (second state) Butcher cover

Mamas and the Papas – Deliver sealed mono 1967 LP

You can see the rest of our new arrivals in our store.

 

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New Items – Captain and Tennille, Buckingham Nicks, Canned Heat

rare records - captain and tennille, buckingham nicks, canned heat

rare records - captain and tennille, buckingham nicks, canned heat

New items in our store include:

Captain and Tennille – Special rare 1976 Japan promo-only 2 LP radio show

Buckingham Nicks – Buckingham Nicks rare 1974 Japan LP with obi

Canned Heat – Boogie With Canned Heat rare 1969 red vinyl Japan LP with obi and alternate cover

You can see the rest of our new arrivals in our store.

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New Rare Records – Supremes, Rolling Stones, Bobby Gentry and Glen Campbell

new rare records - supremes, rolling stones, bobbie gentry, glen campbell

new rare records - supremes, rolling stones, bobbie gentry, glen campbell

New items in our store include:

Supremes – Golden R&B rare 1967 Japan LP with obi

Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet rare Dutch brown vinyl LP

Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell – Bobby Gentry and Glen Campbell Japan red vinyl LP with obi

You can see the rest of our new arrivals in our store.