This post will explain to you how to pay for your vinyl records by selling vinyl records. It sounds a little weird but bear with me a few minutes and I’ll explain how you can do this and how to ship a record after you sell it.
What Am I selling? You may ask.
During your search for records you are going to find a lot of decent ones that may not be your particular style of music, or some that you really don’t care to listen to.
You may not like them but someone else might be searching for that particular record and be willing to pay good money for it. There is money to be made by flipping records.
Try Flipping Records
What do you mean by flipping records you may ask. Well flipping something means selling it for more than you paid for it. I have found some records in a thrift store and paid a dollar for and turned around and flipped them on eBay for up to $300!
(Yes, there are collectors that will pay $300 and more for a particular record)
You need to be aware of what records will sell like that but it is not hard to learn. Search on eBay for records and sort on “sold” and you will see what records are selling and for how much.
Put the eBay app on your smart phone and when in a record store or a thrift store and you find an album in good condition, perhaps still unsealed look up the artist and title on your smart phone app and see what the going price is. That $300 dollar flip I made was an unopened record by some classical violin player I had never heard of. When I found the still sealed record I looked it up on my phone and saw it was commanding a high price so I grabbed it. Even at a dollar, if it doesn’t sell you are not losing any money. I do not list my records on auction, I do a 30 day fixed price and I do check the “best offer” box so someone can make me an offer to consider.
That $300 dollars can buy you a new turntable or a whole lot of records eh?
How To Mail A Vinyl Record The Right Way
So you found a record and listed it for sale on eBay and it sold. How do you mail it?
Besides tape and paper to print your shipping label you need these three things
- A record mailer.
- Bubble wrap.
- Some cardboard inserts. (you can purchase, but I cut my own to save money)
Sounds simple eh? How to mail a vinyl record! Well although is actually is pretty simple there are some critical things you have to consider. Anyone who has mailed packages before know the post office has a mission in mind besides delivering your stuff and it is “how can I destroy this guys stuff before it gets to it’s destination”?
Actually I am kidding, but it sure seems like that sometimes. I do admit the post office does an excellent job at getting millions of pieces of mail from point A to point B everyday. I’m amazed more stuff is not lost.
But a lot of the package handling is automated these days and we do see the occasional video on facebook of a delivery person heaving a package over a fence or something like that. So proper packaging is a must to help insure your package arrives intact.
When someone buys a record from you they are going to want it to arrive in the condition that you described. If not you are going to have to refund them and if selling on eBay, Discogs, amazon etc
you will more than likely receive negative feedback, which could hinder any further attempts at selling more records.
I’ve shipped hundreds of records and had only one arrive broken so I am going to walk you through my procedure. I’m not claiming mine is the best method, but it has worked for me and I even ship Media Mail.
The Procedure That Has Worked Well For Me
When shipping a record there are a few more things to think about besides the record itself. You have the cardboard jacket, the sleeve and perhaps another insert like a poster or a cutout.
The cardboard sleeves are important. You buyer wants it to be in good condition with the artwork as close to original condition as possible. You want to prevent the seams from splitting. To do this you will ship the record outside the jacket.
Start by lying the shipping mailer flat. Then place one of the cardboad inserts on the bottom. Next place a sheet of bubble wrap on top of the insert followed by the jacket. On top of the jacket place another sheet of bubble wrap followed my the vinyl record (inside it’s paper liner). Then place two sheets of bubble wrap followed by a second cardboard insert. You’re now ready to fold over the mailer tabs and tape it closed.
If you buy your postage through eBay just print out the label and tape or stick it to the box. I print mine on plain printer paper and tape it to the box taking care not to cover the barcode with tape.
On my listings I offer two choices that the buyer can choose from, media mail and priority. Most buyers want to keep shipping low so they will usually pay for media mail, which can take a little longer to arrive than priority, but that does not seem to be a problem.
There are other ways to sell records other than eBay if you do not have an account, but eBay gets the most eyes on your item. You can also list on Craigslist and Facebook. It the record is over 20 years old I think you can also list on Etsy. You can do Amazon too, but you need a seller account. No matter which way you go, selling some records can earn you a little money to support your vinyl buying habit.
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