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Where can I buy new release mini LPs? E-mail

There are a number of places where you can buy mini LPs when they are first released.  Some argue that you're best to buy online from a Japanese website. One of the reasons for doing this is because new releases often sell out quickly, sometimes before the actual release date!

Online from Japan

The major additional costs you may incur buying online from Japan are:

  1. Shipping.  Some shops ship via courier which can be prohibitively expensive (although arguably safer). Shop around and include the cost in your calculations;
  2. Import Taxes and Duties.  Depending on your local customs, you may get hit for this every now and then.  It can add a significant additional cost especially if your local authority hit you with a fine or an administration fee.

The two major online sellers are:

  1. CDJapan (current month's new Paper Sleeve releases); and
  2. HMV (Japan) (recent and soon to be released).

They don't always get all releases (I don't know why - I guess it has to do with relationships between the manufacturer and retailer) so check both.

Local Businesses

Supporting local businesses is always a good idea - the more we support them the more likely they are to get interesting items in stock. It's always nice to look at the item before you buy it.

Australia Redeye Based in Sydney but they sell online to anywhere in the world. Let them know we told you about them.
US CDUniverse Here is a link to their Japanese Mini LP releases. Once there you will have to trawl through lists - hopeless search capabilities if you're looking just for minis.
US Amazon.com Amazon don't have a huge stock and it's really hard, confusing and annoying to find the mini LPs. Also there are lots of fakes and cheap Russian copies (from market sellers). Try this link for a search of mostly mini lp sleeves.

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Front cover (main) image of WPCR-13142 (fake) : Led Zeppelin : Fake Led Zeppelin - 40th Anniversary Definitive Collection (Zoso Box)
WPCR-13142 (fake) : 2009-01-01

This fake Led Zeppelin 40th Anniversary appears to be made in China. You would find it hard to pick a sealed copy of this as being anything other than than the real deal.

Inside it is also remarkably similar but has some significant, obvious differences in packaging including: (a) the CD comes in a flimsy loose fitting bag (b) Physical Graffiti has no cut out windows and (c) III (3) has no turning wheel.

The CDs also have the tell tale extra ring in the middle but this is much better disguised than usual.

Unusually for fakes these have the catalogue number and an IFPI code (CC 303) on the silver side of the disc.

Front cover (main) image of DU-SP146.2 : Bowie, David : Space Oddity Box
DU-SP146.2 : 2007-03-07

This box was issued by Disk Union as part of the 3rd of their 3 box releases in the early 2007. You did not need to buy boxes one (Ziggy Stardust Box and Promo Obis) or two (Low Box and Promo Obis) in order to receive the Space Oddity Box. It came with Let's Dance Box and Promo Obis.

 
Front cover (main) image of UICY-93013-38 : Rolling Stones (The) : In the 60's
UICY-93013-38 : 2006-03-16

2006 (reprinted at least once) release of Stones albums from the earliest days up to 1975. Does not include the early 70s releases.

Each album included a collector card. The backs of the cards, when laid side by side, formed the cover image of "Their Satanic Majesties Request".

Front cover (main) image of ARC-7003 : Semiramis : Dedicato a Frazz
ARC-7003 : 2002-03-27

Rare Italian Progressive rock album from the Trident label.

Images for this release show two different types of obis for original (sticker) and reprints (paper) of this release.

 
Front cover (main) image of hudson-pf01 : Pink Floyd : Hudson Dark Side of the Moon Box
hudson-pf01 : 2008-01-01

A unique creation from Kerry Hudson design. Lavishly sculptured and finished, this felt lined wooden box stand holds all regular sized Pink Floyd Mini vinyl LP replica covers along with a selection of DVDs.

The ultimate gift for the Pink Floyd fan who has everything. (The box is currently for sale from the sculptor. Contact details can be found here.)

This was Kerry's second homage to an artist's releases on Mini LP, the first being Hudson Genesis Box Mach I.

Front cover (main) image of DU-SP110-0412P : Marley, Bob : Catch A Fire Box (Zippo Lighter)
DU-SP110-0412P : 2006-10-04
Zippo lighter gimmick box in the style of "Catch a Fire"
 

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