Hello be aware that some Ebay sellers in Australia use envelopes that are lined with thin bubble sheeting that offers
very little protection against CD case damage. Ask for : 1) a little bubble wrap inside the CD jewel case to prevent the actual
CD from popping off the case and shifting inside the CD jewel case
2) cardboard around case and then actual bubble wrap around the cardboard and put in an envelope.
3) if only a cardboard mailer is used there should be enough room inside it for bubble wrap...if there is
not enough space for bubblewrap inside the mailer then bubblewrap should go around the outside of the
mailer before it is put inside an envelope. This should all help to recieve ( but not guarantee ) a damage
free Jewel case and CD even with rough Australia post handling.
If only sellers would follow that advice...but don't hold your breath with some of them.....and that goes for a lot of sellers from anywhere, from my experience, especially in the UK.
It's the best source for the music I like but sure enough...the last CD I bought on eBay from England was poorly packed and the case was in pieces. Sigh.
You are obviously happy to pay roughly $5 more for postage.
A lot of buyers wouldn't be happy with paying $8 in postage for a CD in a jewel case. I certainly wouldn't.
You are doubtless aware that an item posted as a letter (ie in an envelope) can only be a maximum of 2cm thick. Standard industrial bubblewrap will run about 5mm (1cm doubled - which is what happens when it is wrapped), so that leaves a whole 1cm for the case, the envelope and the cardboard.
I suppose the solution for you is to only buy from sellers who charge parcel rates for thin CDs and hope that they actually post as a parcel.
For CDs that are now out of print and which I want, I have gone to the edge of the world (almost literally). I can remember a few times paying quite substantial postage costs. But ... when it comes to hard-to-find CDs, I'm as determined as a fox looking at the Prince Regent.
For the day to day CDs, my postage is always $5.
For any CD which may be a bit more on the rare or hard to find side of things, if I have a large price on it, (say anything over $50) then my postage would be more . I would be adding things like insurance and signature on delivery.
I've yet to find that rare CD yet.... though I keep hoping!
I also buy vinyl and it has always puzzled me how records are so carefully packed in heavy cardboard sometimes with extra card inserts, yet the easily breakable CD cases are packed so badly.
Just putting some kind of bubble wrap or foam piece in a CD or DVD case can at least help prevent the disk getting dislodged and potentially scratched. Add some stiff card on the outside (even if it is just a sleeve) is better than flimsy paper or a thinly padded bag.
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My special interest and "rare" definition might be different to yours... (but of course by definition rare recordings appeal to very specific and narrow groups).
I was after a recording of a particular French mélodie recital by one of my favourite baritones (out of print for years as a CD, never released on cassette or record). I even contacted the singer himself, and he was lovely in giving me all sorts of leads, and even asked the pianist who accompanied him on the recording for any copies... He even said he'd love to come to Australia for a recital (J'aimerais beaucoup aller en Australie faire des récitals...), and it's been a pleasure to keep in touch with him.
(I love the French word for "out of print" - épuisé. It also means exhausted. I have a vision of a little CD on legs fanning itself with little hands, stumbling across a desert landscape, sinking to its knees, falling onto the sand, and Chopin's Op. 35 being played grimly.)
But none of those leads panned out. I'm not saying I would have given up; I wouldn't have. (I can be stubborn.) But unbeknownst to me, a friend of mine had either become fed up with my talking about new leads and disappointed results, OR was moved to pity, and found an obscure shop, located the very disc, and sent it to me anonymously with a clue so obscure that it almost defeated me.