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Frequently Asked Questions

I am a foreign affairs analyst, writer, independent consultant, and classical music YouTube archivist in the Washington DC area. I retired from the US Government in early January 2019 following a 38-year career with the US Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research where I managed, mentored, wrote about diplomacy, politics and military affairs, and explained realpolitik to elected leaders, foreign policy decision-makers, military officials and congressional figures. (My personal website is here.)

I have been listening to great music and collecting LPs since I was a small child. I started selling LPs to quality-conscious collectors and music lovers online in 2000, and am the most reliable and trustworthy individual with whom you will ever work. I respond within an hour or two at most to email inquiries; I am flexible regarding pricing (please feel free to make me an offer on any LP you see listed for sale on this website); and am concerned principally with customer satisfaction -- in more than 18 years of online business I've worked easily and reliably with thousands of individuals from across the globe.

  • I own all of my inventory; all records are in my personal, immediate possession, stored in my smoke free home; please feel free to contact me if you would like additional photos, I will respond promptly.
  • My life / business philosophy is simple; treat others the way I would expect and wish to be treated. In practical terms, this means that I ship your purchase the next day (including Saturdays) and you receive precisely what you have ordered.
  • Barring unforeseen circumstances (snowstorms, etc.), I will ship your order within 18 to 24 hours of your purchase, including on Saturday (the local post office closes at 1 pm).

References available upon request.

Generally speaking yes. None of the prices listed on this site are set in stone. But please remember that there are a number of factors that go into determining value.

Yes, absolutely, Use the contact form here and let me know the title of the LP you are interested in. I will be glad to send you a Paypal invoice, and will ship your LP upon receipt of payment.

Yes, I have worked with thousands of people the world over and will be happy to provide references upon request.

No, I do not drop ship (order from a third party who might have a record in stock that one of my customers is looking for). The reason is that I cannot see what the record looks like and cannot validate its condition. I do not ship any record that is not in my personal possession.

Please contact me to discuss. I am interested mostly in classical music, and the quality of the LPs has to be exceptionally good.

Yes! I ship LPs all over the world. Please write to me with the LP(s) you are interested and I will let you know shipping costs, which usually run from $15 to $25 for first class international mail (under four lbs.).

Yes, absolutely. I know from personal experience that one can open an LP, play a few tracks, then decide to put it away and never play it again. The LP remains in like new condition. I own thousands of such records. If you buy one or more from me and are not satisfied you may return them for a complete refund, no questions asked. Please check my feedback on Amazon and eBay and you will see that I have never had a problem because I am completely honest and place customer satisfaction at the top of my priorities as an online seller.

Yes, you can mail me a personal check or money order and I will send you your LP(s) within a day or two. You can write to me for my address.

No, not directly. To pay by credit card you will need to use Paypal. I do not process any financial transactions on this website or on my server.

Yes, I build websites in my free time and would be glad to assist. Contact me for details.

In the case of a previously-owned LP: I remove the LP and the inner paper sleeve from the slipcase. Then I wrap the LP and the slipcase in two sheets of tissue paper. I place the wrapped LP / slipcase and a piece of firm cardboard inside a special box that is manufactured specifically for shipping records. I tape all the edges securely. For larger shipments, I use bubble wrap. For new LPs, I wrap in tissue paper, then ship in cardboard mailer, as discussed above.

Shipping in the US is free; I ship media mail and will provide you with a tracking number when I mail your record(s). If the item you are ordering is over $30 I will either add insurance or I will ship with signature confirmation. These will be included in the invoice I send to you, unless you specifically decline. If you live overseas, please contact me regarding shipping arrangements.

Yes, you may, and I will refund you 100%, but (a) you must pay for return shipping and (b) the LP must be in the same condition it was when I mailed it to you. I will credit you the shipping charge if you wish to purchase another record from me.

Yes, I would be glad to. Please contact me.

I keep all LPs for sale in my climate-controlled and smoke-free home.

Yes, I will be glad to. Please contact me for details.

Free Shipping on all domestic US orders; overseas customers, please contact me for shipping information.