With the sudden surge in demand for hand sanitizer, face masks, toilet paper, and medical supplies, Amazon will temporarily stop stocking discretionary items on their warehouse shelves, including vinyl records.
The world’s largest online retailer will continue to provide purchasers the vinyl records already in stock.
“We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock,” Amazon said in a statement to third-party sellers this week via Variety.
“With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers. For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation.”
Vinyl sales were up by 19% in 2019, accounting for a total of in $504 million in sales, the highest such number since 1988.
Amazon is the largest seller of vinyl in the United States with a quarter of the overall marketshare.
The pandemic has already hurt Record Store Day. Along with practically everything on the planet, the April 18, 2020 event has been postponed until a later date.
You can still support your favorite independent and artists by frequenting their individual websites and local record stores.
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