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Best Japanese LP supplier (new & used)?

Discussion in 'music' started by BlueYeti, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. BlueYeti

    BlueYeti pfm Member

    Hi folks,

    I'm looking for the best source of Japanese pressings in the UK and wondered if any of you use Eli / Esprit rare records supplier? I’m just pondering on a few ‘nice to have’ albums in their online store to add to the collection and I’m quite tempted by a few older Japanese imports. But, their pricing seems somewhat, ahem, ambitious! Even compared to buying direct from Japan. Anyone had any dealings with them, and do their claims of everything in store being near nothing less than Excellent in condition generally hold up? Their small print…

    “This item is in Excellent condition or better (unless it says otherwise in the above description). We buy items as close to Mint condition as possible and many will be unplayed and as close to new as you could hope to find. Irrespective of the source, all of our collectables meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed.”

    Only ask as I have recently returned a few records to a UK supplier who claimed his stock was EX/Nr Mint and they were somewhat short of that description!

    Any suggestions welcome.
  2. scotty38

    scotty38 pfm Member

    Try @mellstock on here...... Quality vinyl....
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  3. madscientist

    madscientist pfm Member

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  4. irons1965

    irons1965 pfm Member

    I've always had great service from Eil but agreed they are expensive.
    Bought a couple of Japanese Promo LP's from them in the past (when they were on sale).....Condition was as described plus the records are always packed well.
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  5. BlueYeti

    BlueYeti pfm Member

    Many thanks to those who've replied so far, received a PM from @mellstock and I'm going to drop him a line!
  6. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    I've bought from Japanese buyers on Discogs and always had a good experience - though you do run the risk of getting clobbered with import duty.
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  7. Elephantears

    Elephantears Trunkated Aesthete

    Paul (mellstock) is the man; he is extremely painstaking about condition and you can be sure the vinyl is in great shape, unlike the lottery of eBay and Discogs.
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  8. Sean K

    Sean K pfm Member

    I've bought from various Ebay sellers and directly from online shops in Japan. The postage (to NZ) is not cheap, but the the quality and packaging has never been less than superb.

    I hope I'm not buying into cultural stereotypes about Japanese people being unfailingly honourable and honest, but I've never been stung or disappointed with any duff purchases.

    Just picked up a mint 70s songs in the key of life, with intact obi, the single and not a mark or scratch anywhere. There's something really nice about getting stuff in the post from Japan, these have become somewhat luxury fetish items for me. I often buy late at night and forget what I've ordered. It's great getting surprise packages at work. Sorry for going off topic!
  9. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    ^^^^ LLLLOL, been there, done that. Similar sentiments though.
  10. BlueYeti

    BlueYeti pfm Member

    Ah, I'd completely forgotten about the potential for the import duty, and no doubt VAT and Royal Mail handling fees too! So what's the average one would pay on something like a £50-100 order from Japan? I wouldn't want to spend any more than say the value of a few albums first to test out the process, and of course gauge the import & postage costs.

    I've sent Paul an email and PM, and hopefully he'll get back to me.
  11. scotty38

    scotty38 pfm Member

    If you buy from Paul, there’s nothing more to pay over the album price. He goes over to Japan regularly and ships it all back himself so when you buy it’s UK based....
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  12. BlueYeti

    BlueYeti pfm Member

    First order placed with Paul!
  13. andy831

    andy831 pfm Member

    you will not be disappointed with Paul @mellstock items, all mine have been excellent.
  14. BlueYeti

    BlueYeti pfm Member

    Order received from Paul @mellstock and the quality of the albums really is top notch, so many thanks folks. I'll definitely be ordering more from him.

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