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Initial post: Jul 2, 2012, 7:26:02 AM PDT
GarionOrb says:
Amazon is really great, and they generally have everything. However, what do you do when they DON'T carry the album you're looking for? Specifically, imports? Any other sites other than eBay or iTunes?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012, 8:03:52 AM PDT
I have accounts with eBay and iTunes, so I try those if I can't find something on Amazon.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012, 8:43:44 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
cduniverse.com has a few

Posted on Jul 2, 2012, 8:54:28 AM PDT
D. Mok says:
www.gemm.com. Possibly the most comprehensive worldwide collection of music sellers.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012, 6:22:54 PM PDT
Working Man says:
Don't be afraid to check Amazon UK. Your same id and password will work and sometimes it's cheaper than buying from Amazon US. Be caureful with DVD since format is not alway universal, but CDs can be worth the wait for the longer time it takes to ship. I've used Amazon UK several times.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012, 8:43:52 PM PDT
Dr. Mikey says:
Good advice, Working Man. I bought the Byrds (complete Columbia Collection box set) from Amazon UK for much less than available in the US. It pays to look around. That being said, I'd like to find some Sun Records sets at a price I can afford.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012, 5:17:32 AM PDT
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From past experience, I've been unable to get my password and ID to work on Amazon UK.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012, 7:09:05 AM PDT
I also had a good experience with cduniverse specifically for Japanese imports (which to my ear are always mixed with less abrupt dynamic changes and less distortion overall.)

To save money, keep a list until you have 3 or 4 you definitely want because the shipping is outrageous for one CD at the time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012, 11:33:11 AM PDT
onsenkuma says:
I have used the Amazon UK site for imports for the better part of ten years. The prices are good, but there's often a problem with damage due to shoddy packing of items (evidently they're not familiar with bubble wrap and and the like), but they generally replace items without hassle. I've also used CDjapan and HMV in Japan with good results.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012, 9:04:43 PM PDT
Working Man says:
I have not had any issues with Amazon UK yet. I just got the Rush "Clockwork Angels" fan pack that was offerred by Classic Rock Magazine. Amazon UK was a little cheaper than getting it though the magazine and much cheaper than buying it as in import from Amazon US.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012, 2:37:45 PM PDT
Look at what labels those imports are on as the legit record companies of Europe have their own websites and you can order direct from the company (sometimes) as a lower price than amazon.co.uk
Also many UK/European artists and bands have a shop section at their official websites and you can order direct from them.
Happy hunting!

Posted on Nov 4, 2012, 10:03:46 PM PST
One of the Highest Rated Amazon Sellers is Import CDs in Irvine, California.
However, most people don't realize that they don't necessarily post their entire inventory on Amazon and they often have other items available than just what they list on Amazon.

You can order directly from their website at:


Posted on Nov 5, 2012, 8:45:34 PM PST
Greenalishi says:
Irvine? Is that near Fresno?


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2012, 8:52:22 PM PST
No, Irvine is in Southern California.
Orange County, South of Disneyland.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012, 4:31:24 AM PST
I'm really looking for an alternative to Amazon that pays UK taxes.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012, 4:38:53 AM PST
J. Hand says:
collectors choice music is outstanding for imports, limited and special releases, first time on CD, return to being in print, etc..

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