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« Reply #120 on: July 15, 2020, 02:02:49 PM »

I posted a zine to the Philippines on Feb 24th and it was received today! So glad it finally made it
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« Reply #121 on: July 16, 2020, 01:25:26 AM »

Germany -> Canada: 5 days, including a weekend. Incredible.

Finland -> Canada: 53 days and warped LPs.
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« Reply #122 on: July 24, 2020, 02:49:12 PM »

20+ days for two packages from Finland and UK (I'm in italy)
After the lockdown things seemed better for the first two weeks.
Now are worse than ever.
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« Reply #123 on: July 25, 2020, 06:28:39 PM »

Hadn't realised that Royal Mail in the UK had updated their postage prices yet again this year on July 1st until I saw the recent post by Harbinger Sound on their RJF reissue thread. Normally it's an annual occurence (last one was on March 23rd) but now they've adjusted postage to factor in an substantial increase in price for Small Parcel* orders sent specifically to the USA, or 'World Zone 3' (the new third world?). Not sure if courier services will be any cheaper in comparison, but it's certainly worth looking into as an alternative to Royal Mail for UK sellers now, even for orders under 2kg...

Zones: https://www.royalmail.com/international-zones
New prices: https://www.royalmail.com/sites/royalmail.com/files/2020-06/royal-mail-our-prices-01-july-2020.pdf

*Orders larger in size than 25 x 35.3 x 2.5cm. Carry on as normal if you're sending, say, 2 CDs or 9 cassettes side by side, or a small stack of 7" singles. But if you're sending one or multiple 12"s/LPs/large box sets, then postage gets costly...
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« Reply #124 on: July 26, 2020, 12:28:42 PM »

Sent a package to Ukraine, left Portugal on the 30 of March... still nothing arrived to it's destination.
Everything else is working fine without much delays at this point.
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« Reply #125 on: July 26, 2020, 03:31:41 PM »

Hadn't realised that Royal Mail in the UK had updated their postage prices yet again this year on July 1st until I saw the recent post by Harbinger Sound on their RJF reissue thread. Normally it's an annual occurence (last one was on March 23rd) but now they've adjusted postage to factor in an substantial increase in price for Small Parcel* orders sent specifically to the USA, or 'World Zone 3' (the new third world?). Not sure if courier services will be any cheaper in comparison, but it's certainly worth looking into as an alternative to Royal Mail for UK sellers now, even for orders under 2kg...

Zones: https://www.royalmail.com/international-zones
New prices: https://www.royalmail.com/sites/royalmail.com/files/2020-06/royal-mail-our-prices-01-july-2020.pdf

*Orders larger in size than 25 x 35.3 x 2.5cm. Carry on as normal if you're sending, say, 2 CDs or 9 cassettes side by side, or a small stack of 7" singles. But if you're sending one or multiple 12"s/LPs/large box sets, then postage gets costly...


I read the same info a couple of days ago on the RM website. Thought I had misunderstood something. But this basically means the end of shipping LPs/parcels to USA via Royal Mail. (£15.18 for one LP!) Strangely, large letters are still pretty cheap to send to USA.

As for the current postage situation things seem more or less back to normal regarding both inbound and outbound mail. Been waiting a few months for something from Japan but that's the only nuisance at the moment.
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« Reply #126 on: August 06, 2020, 04:48:04 PM »

Deutsche-Post is still not shipping to the USA from Germany in what seems to be carrying on indefinitely, so as a workaround the honorable Luke Tandy at Skeleton Dust Records in Dayton, OH is helping out. WCN can now ship to the USA! Orders couriered in bulk to Skeleton Dust and from there forwarded via media mail. Still no shipping to Australia/New Zealand but hopefully that changes soon.
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« Reply #127 on: August 06, 2020, 10:39:41 PM »

DHL from Germany to Canada working just fine.... received packaged from WCN and Total Black very quickly evening by pre-COVID standards.

Got a package from Hospital as well which arrived in under a week which surprised the ever lovin’ shit out of me.....
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« Reply #128 on: August 08, 2020, 10:39:17 PM »

Has anyone else within the US experienced MASSIVE slowdowns with Media Mail in the last couple of weeks? It felt like everything was getting back on track domestically a month or so ago, but I have two packages I sent out that have been sitting in sorting centers for 2-3 weeks each... I have one I mailed on July 16th that is still supposedly sitting at the original post office!

I've been following the news about changes at the USPS and wondering if others have had similar experiences. This could massively impact the operations of labels and small businesses.
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« Reply #129 on: August 08, 2020, 11:51:08 PM »

Has anyone else within the US experienced MASSIVE slowdowns with Media Mail in the last couple of weeks? It felt like everything was getting back on track domestically a month or so ago, but I have two packages I sent out that have been sitting in sorting centers for 2-3 weeks each... I have one I mailed on July 16th that is still supposedly sitting at the original post office!

I've been following the news about changes at the USPS and wondering if others have had similar experiences. This could massively impact the operations of labels and small businesses.

Yes. During the height of COVID shutdown it took a media mail package over 2 months to reach me. Now it’s not at that level, but still noticeably longer than usual. On bigger orders I’ve just been putting up the extra couple bucks for priority. I’ve also heard some fellow record buyers in the U.S. say they’ve had similar issues. Suprisingly I haven’t had anything lost during all of this. But I did wait 3 months for a package from Japan that I purchased prior to things locking down officially in a lot of the US.
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« Reply #130 on: August 09, 2020, 07:04:22 AM »

I heard media mail is being filed as the lowest priority as the usps pushes through a backlog of first class mail. Shit is dire. I am only getting mail delivered two days a week and media mail stuff is taking 3-4 weeks on average. I had a record sit at the original post office a week, sit at my regional po a few more days, then it went to new jersey for some reason, now its en route back to the regional po.
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