Knowing that the condition of vinyl records dictates it’s value or selling price, it is important to know what proper materials and techniques should be used to properly ensure safe arrival when shipping.
12-inch LP’s should be shipped in a sturdy, cardboard mailer designed specifically for shipping records. The size of the mailer should be between 12 ½ to 13 inches, the height or thickness will depend on the number of records being shipped.
Place a cardboard insert in the bottom of the box being mailed. If the LP is sealed, you will not want to remove the disc from the jacket. If it’s not sealed, you should remove the vinyl record from the jacket and place it next to the jacket in the box. This will prevent seam splits to the jacket that could occur if the disc slides back and forth during delivery. Place another cardboard insert on the top of the jacket also. Close the box and test for snugness. Insert additional cardboard inserts if the contents are sliding around in the box. Once you have reached a snug fit, tape the box shut with packing tape.
When packing 78’s follow the above directions but with more care. 10-inch vinyl records are made of shellac, which is more brittle than vinyl. Obviously the box will be smaller, measuring between 10 ¼ to 10 ½ inches. Separate each vinyl record with a cardboard insert and preferably bubble wrap to further cushion the records. And once again you will want to achieve a snug fit.
Packing 45 rpm’s should be packed the same as the others. As mentioned before, you do not want your records to slide back and forth and again bubble wrap is suggested to ensure safe delivery.
Check to see if your local office supply store sells any of the packing supplies needed, if not you can find them online at places like amazon.com and papermart.com to name a few.
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