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.
Update April 6, 2022 – First Class Package international service shipments to Australia have resumed. This does not apply to New Zealand; Priority Mail Express and Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) are currently the only options for shipping there.
Update October 4, 2021 – Shipments to Australia and New Zealand are only available via Priority Mail Express shipping. All other shipping options are unavailable until further notice.
Update December 7, 2020 – U.S. Postal Service interruptions are continuing, and delays in shipping are occurring across all levels of service, including Priority and Express Mail. Please be patient, but expect all packages to arrive late.
Update August 17, 2020 – The U.S. Postal Service is experiencing problems with delivery times. Please be aware that delivery for both U.S. and international shipments may take longer than usual.
Update July 16, 2020 – The U.S. Postal Service has temporarily suspended service to a number of countries. See details here.
The countries with suspended service are mostly in Africa and Latin America. If we cannot ship to your country, we will refund your purchase price.
Please be aware that there have been extensive shipping delays to some parts of the United States and to some countries, as some areas have reduced capacity at their mail facilities due to the virus.
The pandemic has changed a lot about what we acquire and from where we get it, as many places are still locked down around the world.
We acquire our inventory from a variety of sources around the world, and some of those sources have been affected by the outbreak, as this problem is global in scope.
Several of our suppliers in Japan are still open for business, so we’ve been acquiring more items from Japan than usual lately. That may continue for a while until the U.S. reopens completely.
We try to maintain a balanced inventory, but it’s harder than usual to do that right now.
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.