Shopping around for the best deal is important
If you’re comparing a Standard Vinyl quote to a competitor’s price there are a few things you should consider if you want to make sure you’re getting the best deal…
We are a vinyl record broker. We are not a manufacturer. In fact, there are only 5 manufacturers of vinyl records in North America. One of those is in Canada and the other four are in the United States. We deal with all of them so that when we give you, the musician, a price we’re quoting it “all in”.
Wait, what does “all in” mean? It means the price we give you includes positively absolutely everything. You say “go” and we put records in your hands. No sneaky taxes. No extra shipping costs. No brokerage fees. Nada.
If your Standard Vinyl quote seems more expensive keep in mind that it’s rarely an apples-to-apples (er, vinyl-to-vinyl) comparison. Make sure the lower quote includes all of the costs to get the records into your grubby hands… because that’s how we roll.
The Extra Costs Explained
It’s important to know that if you’re in Canada and you’re getting records pressed by a manufacturer in the States or Europe, shipping is going to be really expensive. Records are really heavy. Just ask the UPS guy when he drops off your 500 LPs in gatefold jackets — make sure he’s lifting with his knees.
Then on top of the shipping itself there are a whole slew of other costs you’ll encounter:
- Applicable provincial taxes (5% to 13% depending on what province you’re in)
- Brokerage fees (typically between $30 to $90 extra)
- U.S. bond fee (typically about 2.7% of the commercial invoice on your order).
This is assuming you ship the records the most economical way via UPS ground. In most cases, these additional costs can easily add a few hundred dollars. When you factor in shipping too you’re looking at $500 more than what was originally quoted to you. Not cool.
And then there’s the test pressings! You’ll need to have those shipped to you as well and that’s a cost manufacturers will rarely cover for international customers.
And you’ll need to ship your audio master to the manufacturing plant to get the whole process started. See how these costs add up?
If you’re shopping around be sure to ask the company you’re dealing with whether shipping and brokerage fees are covered in their quote. If you’re comparing quotes please remember that we include the shipping of your audio master, your test pressings, and ALL shipping costs associated for the final order in our quote. That’s why we say the price we give you is “all in”.