Easier, Cheaper Record Shipping: Buy Shipping Labels On Discogs!

by falsepriest

Selling and shipping records on Discogs is about to get a whole lot more convenient. Starting today, US sellers can purchase and print shipping labels directly from Discogs for both domestic and international shipping.

Discogs is partnering with USPS to bring you a cheaper, faster and more convenient solution to shipping records within the US and further afield. All you need to take advantage of this feature is to have an order to fulfill. When you sell a record through Discogs, sorting out postage is as easy as entering the shipping details, printing off a label and sticking it on the package.

  • Save money. Shipping labels through Discogs are offered at a discounted price. Pass the savings on to buyers and watch your sales rise!
  • Save time. Hate standing in line at the post office? Of course you do! Print off labels from the comfort and convenience of your home or store. You don’t even need to leave the house anymore.

To purchase a shipping label for domestic or international postage on an order you’ve received:

  1. Go to the order page for the item you’d like to ship and click the blue ‘Buy Shipping Label’ button
  2. Enter all information on the Purchase a Shipping Label page, then click the green ‘Confirm Details & Select Shipping’ button
  3. Print off your label
  4. Attach your label to the order package, then schedule a postal pickup or drop it off in a USPS dropbox

Get more information on purchasing shipping labels through Discogs in our help documents. It’s also possible to cancel unused shipping labels if necessary.

Please note, this new shipping labels feature is currently only available to Discogs sellers in the US.

If you have any questions about using Discogs shipping labels, please contact our support team.

Don’t waste any more time at the post office. Save time and money by buying shipping labels directly from Discogs!

36 comments about “Easier, Cheaper Record Shipping: Buy Shipping Labels On Discogs!
  • akatch 5 days ago
    Fantastic!! Like it. Thanks Discogs.
  • CiphDizzle 5 days ago
    Would love to use this, but Paypal shippiing labels seem to be a little bit cheaper.
  • jeff.jotz 5 days ago
    Is this cheaper than printing labels via PayPal? Right now, shipping via Paypal is pretty simple to use.
  • dmitrirex 5 days ago
    If PayPal is cheaper than, Stamps.com is even cheaper still. Unless PayPal became more competitive, Stamps. com, is a lot less expensive. Sorry, Discogs.
  • cartervanpelt 5 days ago
    If the label is pre-populated with the buyer's address info and if the customs form can be edited... this is a big advance. Thanks in any case for working on improvements.
  • osmond 5 days ago
    This is a great service, but PayPal is a bit easier to use and is also less expensive (from what I've compared).
  • CleMitch 5 days ago
    Top notch to add this option.
  • piemma 5 days ago
    I'll check it out but PayPal has all the Customs docs filled out with address etc for international shipments. Second question is: Will the Post Office accept Discogs shipping rates. They DO accept the PayPal shipping rates and it practically took an act of god to get then to relent on upping my postage.
    My understanding from my Postmaster is they will accept PayPal rates as of Sept 2017. Is it the same for Discogs?
  • jancito303 5 days ago
    I don't get it. Media mail for a standard record costs 2.92 here vs. 2.63 at the post office.
    What exactly is cheaper? What am I missing?
  • bahalana 5 days ago
    I've had instances where the buyer's address on the invoice was different than the shipping address passed through PayPal. That would cause huge problems unless it's been...um... addressed, seriously, no pun intended.
  • tomkat303 5 days ago
    I would rather give the extra cost to discogs than PayPal. What I would love to see is a world without PayPal and their monopoly over internet transactions
  • sellardo 5 days ago
    Will international customers get to see what their shipping charges will be without me having to manually invoice them?
  • FrogdeathRecords 5 days ago
    I tried using it today. It prints the label so close to the top edge that some of the words get cut off.
  • Vegetiboy 5 days ago
    I have 2 questions and an opinion.
    1) does buying the label from Discogs generate a tracking number for domestic media mail? That is generated at the post office and the customers like it.

    2) in about 5% of my sales transactions the buyer's Discogs mailing address and PayPal mailing address are different. How will Discogs deal with this with its new label endeavor?

    3) Media Mail for 1 LP with 2 cardboard inserts is $3.12 at the post office. If the Discogs rate is $2.92 that's a difference of 20 cents. I really don't think that passing on a saving of one fifth of a dollar is going to make my sales rise. 20 cents discount to the customer? I can't see the customer being impressed, especially if all Discogs sellers start using this feature.
  • REALMS 5 days ago
    @sellardo "Will international customers get to see what their shipping charges will be without me having to manually invoice them?"

    Same question. This feature would substantially improve the commerce here on Discogs. Few people want to order records without knowing how much the shipping costs.
  • gyurituroczy 5 days ago
    Well the media mail cost 30 cent more via discogs compared to paypal.
    They ask for phone number of the receiver who made the order????

    The way to ship via discogs is much slower then via paypal....

    In brief: Shipping with discogs is more pricey and more slower then with paypal.
    That is all !

    Stay with paypal, that is my recommendation !
  • TheRecordShoppeAz 5 days ago
    This article should say More expensive, and harder to ship through Discogs. I do enjoy selling here, this shipping option has much to be desired.

    - Requires more information than PayPal
    - $3.46 shipping thru Discogs
    - $3.12 shipping thru PayPal

    Not much to be excited about here, sorry.
  • cellularsmoke 5 days ago
    You require the Buyers Phone#, which the Seller doesn't have. So you either require all Buyers to add a Phone# to their account or your solution is slower, more annoying, and more invasive. Thanks but no thanks.
  • Vegetiboy 5 days ago
    There seems to be a discrepancy in how various contributors to this conversation are perceiving the post office cost, the Discogs cost, and the PayPal cost. This must be because of differences in weight due to different packing methods. The PO charges me $3.12 for media mail to a domestic location for one LP in a light weight mailer, secured with 2 cardboard inserts. To get the $2.63 rate the parcel has to not exceed one pound in weight. This is achievable without inserts but then the outer sleeve and even the disc may be damaged from jostling in shipping.
    For what weight is the PayPal cost $3.12? On the face of it there is no savings at all and the Discogs rate is higher than the post office! Can that be so?
  • Is there a way to adjust the size of the label? The first one I tried is for a 7" box mailer and the customs form printed an entire 8/2x11 sheet!! I'm afraid to try using this with a CD sized package unless I know the label can or will be printed smaller.
  • SonofGalahad 5 days ago
    I just tried this service. The label _seems_ to default to a send date of the printing date. I did not see an option to print for a future send date. I believe that technically Metered mail is supposed to be dated for the date it is tendered to the USPS.

    I can void/cancel the existing PDF label, but i don't see the option to specify a date. Am I missing something here? Or is my understanding of USPS regs regarding metered date vs. shipping date not accurate?

    To echo a few peoples comments re: phone numbers: I cannot see the rational for requiring both the sender and recipient phone numbers in order to print a label. With some carriers this is required, but not with the USPS. perhaps the page could be coded to gray-out/add unessential/required information on a per carrier/service basis. I know this service is brand new, and I appreciate that Discogs created this tool. It may just need tweaking.
  • ArabburnvictiM 5 days ago
    PayPal and stamps.com seem to be the exact same price for me. How are people getting cheaper prices on stamps.com?
  • letterformn 5 days ago
    IF a buyer uses Paypal I must use the ship-to address in Paypal and that is not verified through Discogs as far as I know. Please someone advise me if I am wrong.
  • AMJacker 5 days ago
    Is Media Mail going to be an option? in the past "subject to inspection" was a problem. thanks! sorry if already discussed.
  • Dragoenweyr 5 days ago
    I don't see where this promise is being fulfilled. The rates are not cheaper they are higher. Also they want you to waste your time filling in the size for a common small package, which other sites do not require. I am sorry but this does not save you time and money, it would cost you time and money.
  • Dragoenweyr 5 days ago
    Arabburnvictim the prices on Stamps.com for domestic mail are the same but for International mail they can be up to roughly 25% cheaper.
  • SocratesofAthens 5 days ago
    Tried to use this new system but it is requiring the customer's phone number which I do not have. Also have to enter your own (seller) phone number before you can get to the next screen for the cost of postage. I can't speak to the price comparison with other services because I can't get to the screen that gives me the Discogs price for the shipping label.

    Hope these issues can be worked out. Would be great to print postage while staying within the Discogs system.
  • GruveRecords 5 days ago
    Just tried it with an international label. You make it sound as simple as "Print Your Label"..But, after payment was authorized, there is no label to print...?
  • OsmoseSound 5 days ago
    This is great, but you need to take the phone number requirement off or have it not show up on the shipping label. A lot of fraud can be committed by people that have your name, address and phone number....that'll be easy to gain off unattended delivered packages.
  • falsepriest 4 days ago
    We value the feedback from the Discogs community regarding improvements to the experience and benefits of our new shipping initiative. The communities feedback will lead us in the direction that will be most beneficial for everyone.
  • Adams-Vinyl 4 days ago
    Cheaper using who?
    Who was the person who didn't think this through? Or am I jumping the gun with that question?

    Paypal USPS medial mail charge is $2.63. Plus Paypal transaction fees total .83¢ (based on an $18.00 sale) = $3.46

    Seem to me going through Discogs ($3.46 usps media mail) there still is a paypal fee of .83¢. Which now would cost $4.29 going through Discogs versus $3.46 using paypal. (2.63+.83=3.46).

    Am I missing something here too?
  • Whirled.Records 4 days ago
    Yep, tried this and it was a bit more expensive than PayPal, had to enter the customer's phone number to get it to work (I entered mine) and then the print format did not work with the labels I use.

    So, more expensive, clunky and not customizable.

    Thanks for trying, but I'll pass for now!
  • mvns 3 days ago
    For domestic shipping the price is the same as Paypal, but for international shipping the weight requirements are slightly more agreeable. Paypal shipping is either below 8 oz for the cheapest price and the next tier is below 2 lbs at double the price. At Discogs, if I have a package that is 1 lb the price is 20% cheaper than Paypal.
  • vinylsearchrecords 1 day ago
    Needs improvement before it will work for me:
    1) no option to print label today with postmark for tomorrow (when I'll mail it). Technically a post office requirement to be postmarked the day actually mailed
    2) no option to enter the zip code of the post office I'm going to drop it off at (if different than my return address zip code). Technically a post office requirement to bear the correct "mailed at" zip code.
    3) I'm not going to enter every customer's phone number.
    Paypal works right on all three counts. I'm staying there until these are fixed.
  • Niksvinyl 1 day ago
    I have the same concern as piemma above. According to my post office they will not and the package ends up rejected or sent out with "postage due" notice
  • crazedanimaLP 17 hours ago
    DOES NOT WORK!