Guess what landed on the front doorstep yesterday? Our Universal Music bundle of the John Lennon Ultimate Edition box set, Imagine 2 LP (on clear vinyl), Imagine/Gimme Some Truth Blu-ray, and the Imagine movie poster!
Ordered 24 August, officially released 5 October………delivered 30 October:
This order was placed directly with Universal’s uDiscover UK music store. Despite being the commercial arm of the actual publisher and distributor of these titles, it has to be said uDiscover don’t have a great track record for delivering items on time, nor keeping their customers up-to-date on what is going on. Usually it’s because they can’t get stock. Go figure. This time they ran out of the Imagine/Gimme Some Truth Blu-ray, and so had to hold back dispatch of the bundle until more copies came in.
One needs patience when dealing with uDiscover. Stuff usually does arrive, it’s just a matter of when.
Thankfully, everything (except the poster) arrived in very good shape – this is despite the four items being shoved into a plastic courier bag with no additional padding around them. Yes, they were each in individual cardboard mailers, but they’d been banging around together in that bag all the way from Europe to Australia, so it was with a sigh of relief that we opened each to find no dings, bent corners, rips or other damage.
There was however one casualty. They’d packed the rolled-up movie poster into a long triangular-shaped box that simply wasn’t up to the task. It had been bashed around and squashed along the way, putting deep creases into the good quality paper stock the poster is printed on. It’s a shame because it is an impressive piece, but sadly now far from mint condition.
We’re counting that as minor collateral damage, and just thankful the main content (i.e. box set, 2 LP and Blu-ray) is finally here and in pristine condition….
Fantastic! Can’t wait to order mine 🙂 A few Beatles collector items are in the queue though. White Album and also new Macca Archival releases. We are indeed spoilt. 🙂
They didn’t even bother folding the triangular cardboard mailer with mine – they just used it as a “stiffener” (not very effectively) for the other contents. I didn’t buy that set for the poster, but still…
I know. It is just a lack of care. The poster was nicely produced and sold by Universal as a legitimate bonus item, part of their Lennon “bundle”. Then they proceed to put it in a mailer that almost guaranteed that it would be damaged by the time it got to the customer. You’re right. It’s not a deal breaker, just disappointing.