Amazon suspends vinyl record, CD orders amid coronavirus pandemic
The coronavirus has officials broken records — vinyl that is.
Amazon has stopped the shipment of vinyl records and CDs until at least April 5, music publication Pitchfork reported.
Items already in stock at the online retailer giant’s warehouses will continue to be processed, however.
“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 sellers.
“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.”
Some working in the music biz fear the decision’s personal and financial effects.
“Considering Amazon is the biggest record retailer in the world, I have to imagine that all record labels will take a hit,” Grammy winner and Omnivore Records co-founder Cheryl Pawelski told Variety.
The entertainment industry — especially music — has been hammered by the COVID-19 outbreak, which was officially declared a national emergency last week.
SXSW was canceled, Coachella was postponed and major artists such as Elton John and Foo Fighters have called off tour dates over coronavirus concerns.
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