Please Answer My Question and Baraka Pre Sale updates!
I hope this blog finds you well this fine summers day? I am too hot, as is my standard position for the entire summer months, but other than that, I am great :)
So lets dive right in. I am going to assume most of you read the previous blog about the mess of the press? If not, you can find it by, you know, looking on this very page haha. Anyway, fairly shortly after I wrote that, we got hit with our first major delay, and it is unfortunately on these two titles:
KBOGR46T - Baraka - Nutty Bass / I'll Be There
KBN09 - Phat & Phuturistic - Part 1 / Part 2
These two titles are of course part of the Old Skool Jungle Bundle. We have already received one of the others - KLEG06 - Q Project - Champion Sound, and we are told KBN07 has been pressed and is on its way to us. So we have already sent out ALL the orders that we could, the ones which ordered KLEG06 but not others. And we will do the same with any orders for just KBN07. But the vast majority of the orders are for all four of these wicked EPs, so the vast majority of orders are still with us, stuck and waiting. All four of these releases were ordered on the same day - they were cut the same day, test presses recieved within days of each other, and we of course expected all four to be delivered closely together.
But we have been told both Barak and Phat & Phuturistic are now coming in August.
Of course, I apologise for this extended delay, but it is genuinely out of my hands, and there is nothing I can do :( I will get them sent to you as soon as possible of course, and in the coming weeks I will upload the digital files so that you do at least have those.
This brings me to a different problem though, and I would really love it if you could reply and advise me on this, either via email or in the comments section.
The vast majority of releases I can guess / judge the amounts I need, but I have always had to do presales on some releases. Despite the delays on the Baraka ep, we should all be glad I did a presale because I was only going to order 700, and we have done a LOT more than that. If I had not done a pre sale, the vast majority of people who want it would not be able to get it.
But we have some big releases coming where I am going to struggle to guess the amounts I need. I am talking about the Ray Keith Box Set, or The House Crew Box Set, or the Nookie Box Set. But not just Box Sets, there are EPs like Jonny Ls Hurt You So and its remixes, or the new remixes of Nutty Bass. These are tricky to guess numbers on.
Perviously, I could order 500, and then if we needed more, I could reorder. Indeed, this is what I did with the forthcoming NRG Box Set (Due July 16th). And I think that is about to backfire on me, because with the HUGE delays on vinyl, repressing is now a problem. When I placed the order for the NRG Box Set a few months back, I thought I could order the 500, and then if the demand was great, I could do a presale then for any who missed it, and then reorder whatever we needed.
Thats not how it is now. If and when we sell out of these first 500 of the NRG Box Set, it will be 4 months before I can get any more stock AT THE EARLIEST. Add a presale to gather the right numbers? and its going to be closer to half a year. Thats...not gonna work. So i think with the NRG box set, once its gone, it may well stay gone. This is not me trying to drum up business, this is me laying it out.
So with furute releases, I need to choose one of 2 options. And I want you to tell me which is preferable:
1. Chris guesses the order
This would basically mena on most things I will order a set amount, and then once it is gone, it is gone, and any reorder might take a LONG time, if it comes at all. The pros for this are: We only sell the records we have in stock. No one has to wait for their orders. And its MUCH easier for me and you to know what is going on. The cons are, many people will miss out, or I might possibly end up with too much stock. And reordering is gonna be very very slow, if I do it at all. This will be particularly annoying on big items like The House Crew box set.
2. Still do presales
This would mean we do what we have done previously with the Acen Box Set and the Baraka EP etc etc. The pros here are that it means anyone who orders something will get it, and I can order the right amount. But the cons are quite severe in that it means people paying for the release a LONG time before it arrives. It could mean a 4-5 month wait from when you order the record to when it arrives. It also makes the running fo the store pretty horrendous. But I will deal with that, perhaps find a way to make presale items have their own section or something.
So thats basically the question. How to procede with pre sales etc in the current "vinyl is taking a bloodly long time to arrive" climate. Answers below or via email. I will not reply to most of you, but I will read every one.