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With vinyl LPs making a surprising comeback in today’s digital age, lots of people are wondering just how to prepare, package and post records. Whether you’re sending a single record to a friend, or a couple as part of an online eBay business, our handy guide will teach you how to do just that. Plus, you’ll be able how to avoid some of the mistakes other people make when sending vinyls in the post.
So that your record doesn’t get bent or damaged in the post, start by taking it out of its cover and remove the internal paper sleeve. Then lay the record on top of the cover jacket and place the internal paper sleeve on top – forming a ‘sandwich’. You can then place the sandwich inside a plain plastic sleeve for extra protection. This not only protects your disc, but also the album jacket itself, which is important to keep the artwork in pristine condition in transit. If you don’t have a plain plastic record sleeve, you can use bubble wrap to cover your sandwiched record. Another reason why it’s best to remove the record and inner sleeve from the jacket cover is to avoid the disc edge cutting through the jacket. If you’re sending a vinyl disc without an original sleeve or jacket, use a plain plastic sleeve (or bubble wrap with tape) and two cardboard inserts to sandwich and protect it.
Once you’ve prepared your vinyl by sandwiching it between the paper sleeve and cover, or using bubble wrap, the next step is to find the right packaging to send it. The best packaging for sending vinyls in the post are cardboard LP Mailers – which are made specifically for posting vinyl records. If you send lots of vinyl records it’s worth investing in some of these. However if you’re just sending one vinyl record you can make do by finding an unused pizza box or other similar shaped cardboard box. Remember to fill any empty spaces in your box using bubble wrap to prevent the vinyl from sliding around inside mailer during transit.If you’re sending a lot of records, then you can use a larger box and lay the ‘sandwiches’ on top of each other. You should fill the gaps at the sides and top of the inside of the box with scrunched up newspaper or packaging chips to keep the box firm and provide cushioning.
Now that you’ve got your LPs securely inside the box, you’ll need to get out your weighing scales and measuring tape to find out how much it will cost to post them. Note down the weight, length, width and depth of your parcel then head over to My Parcel Delivery and use our price comparison tool to see which couriers offer the cheapest or fastest delivery service for vinyl records. If you’re unsure of the exact dimensions and are estimating, have a look at our handy guide to weighing and measuring. Our cheapest delivery services begin at £3.46 (£2.88 ex VAT) with Hermes Drop Off, and with UPS you can get it there next day from £8.10 (£6.75 ex VAT). If you’re still in need of some advice on the best option for posting plants, our customer service team are on hand to help, get in touch now.