Packing a record isn’t that difficult. It surprises me how many I receive that are packed haphazardly, cheaply, and with little regard to a record’s fragility. If you can’t take the time to properly pack a record, you don’t respect the merchandise you’re selling me. And that’s kind of insulting. I don’t get up in arms or take to Twitter, I just mark the seller in my shit list and ensure I never buy from them again.
There’s just too many choices to give money to someone who doesn’t treat my soon-to-be-record with care.
Most record sellers charge somewhere around $4.00 for shipping a record. In truth, it costs about $3.16 for most single records to be shipped via media mail. The rest of the money should be used for packing material. That doesn’t mean cutting cardboard from Amazon boxes and sandwiching a record between the pieces. It means an appropriately sized and designed LP Mailer, bubble wrap, and — if necessary — cardboard inserts.
Here’s how I’ve been packing records for years without a single complaint or issue.
- Make sure the sleeve holding the record is facing upwards. This is the ideal direction. This prevents a record from accidentally sliding out from the jacket.
- Take 3 consecutive sheets of 12″ bubble wrap and put the record in the middle. Fold the bubble wrap around the record. Ensure that the record jacket opening is firmly against the the bubble wrap. Meaning, make sure the bubble wrap covers the record opening.
- Tape the bubble wrap with a single piece of packing tape. The bubble wrap should be tight around the record. Notice the taped part of the bubble wrap is on the left-hand side and not the side where the cover opens.
- Pre fold an LP mailer.
- Place the record in the mailer and fold the packaging as shown in the picture.
- Tape the LP mailer.
That’s it. Easy. I know some people insist the proper way to ship records is to place the record outside the cover. Read my article Shipping Records Outside the Cover to find out why I think it’s a bad idea. I ship all my records using the method I’ve outlined above, unless requested otherwise. The mailer I use can comfortably fit 4 single LPs.
Using this method of packaging ensures the records arrive to their destination in great condition, problem free, and ready to be enjoyed.
I’ve used these boxes for a while now. and have been very happy with the results.