Quicksilver Messenger Service: "Happy Trails" Promo Box (empty). Limited Edition Japan Mini-LP Promo Box (only). Out of Print. Made in Japan. Mint Condition.
Slipcase Promo Box only. No CDs included. Holds six. As shown in the photos.
Promo box officially sanctioned. Made in Japan by Disk Union.
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Many important notes about Japan Mini-LP CDs are included! If you decide to buy this
item, you will have to pay immediately using PAYPAL. If English is not your
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About Japan Mini-LP CDs: Japan
mini-LP CDs are official audiophile releases--manufactured in Japan under
license to the copyright holders--that play on all CD players. CDs made in
Japan are superior in nearly every way to those from other countries. The
superb mastering (K2 20bit, K2 24bit, DSD, K2HD, HQCD, SHM, or HDCD) and
technologically advanced manufacturing facilities and methods, result in the
finest sound quality available. The Japanese packaging of classic albums in
cardboard sleeve miniature is state of the art. These mini-LPs endeavor to be
precise miniaturizations of the first pressings of the 12" LPs. Usually
everything that was present in the original LP is included, such as gatefolds,
booklets, lyric sheets, posters, printed CD sleeves, stickers, embosses, special
paper or inks, and die cuts. In nearly all mini-LP releases a detail sheet is
included, and although the text may be in Japanese, the insert will often
include the lyrics in English, which is a big plus if the original LP did not
include a lyric sheet. Japan promotional strips, also called “obi,” or stickers
are usually included with the package as a way of advertising the CD to the
Japanese buying public and includes considerable information, such as release
date, catalog number, and mastering. Limited edition promotional obis are
sometimes added by the distributor. On occasion a mini-LP CD will have bonus
tracks included that were not part of the original release. However, the notes
about the bonus tracks are never added to the album artwork, only to the spine
obi strip or the details and notes sheet, thus maintaining the integrity of the
original LP artwork.
Promotional items, such as promo boxes or promo obis, are made in Japan by
Japan record labels or Japan distributors such as Disk Union and given away as
bonus incentives to those who purchase CDs or groups of CDs before or soon
after the release date. These items are always produced in very limited
quantities, sell out quickly, are often more difficult to obtain than the CDs,
and fetch higher prices due to their scarcity. The record labels can make what
they choose regarding an artist because they own the rights. Disk Union, a
distributor, makes boxes and other promotional items by asking for and being
granted permission to use the artwork and related artist logos. Disk Union does
not sell these promotional items. These promotional items are legitimate
releases. For more information about items that are not legitimate, scroll down
to the bottom of this page.
Quicksilverlove sells many items that are new or still sealed. However, promo
boxes do not come in shrinkwrap and sometimes have sustained minor damage to
due to mishandling before they get to us--all defects are noted in the item
description. Quicksilverlove makes every effort not to buy or sell any CD that
is not graded at least “Mint Condition,” which means nearly new (see the
blue-colored grading notes below). Selling only still sealed or mint condition
mini-LP CDs means that there is no guesswork about the quality of the item that
you are buying. Rest assured that all the mini-LP CDs we sell are in mint
condition, have no scratches on the disc or rubbing on the cardboard cover,
have soft CD sleeves, and come in clear plastic sleeves that can be resealed.
(On rare occasions we may purchase an extremely uncommon mini-LP CD that is
only in near mint condition and offer it for sale. Such diversions from our
high standards are noted in the item description). In the rare event that you
purchase and receive an item that is not as described, contact us and we will
work something out. Your complete satisfaction is important to us.
Still Sealed and new and in perfect condition.
Mint = Like new but no longer still sealed.
NrMint = Lightly Used. Perhaps some rubbing or some hairlines.
VG = Plays but has seen better days.
We sell high quality CDs and we guarantee that all items are as described in
the written text. If not, we will refund your money and your return postage.
prices are not negotiable. Please do not ask for side deals, discounts, reductions,
different prices, or make offers. We do not accept them and we do not respond
Please note: We use photographs from a variety of sources for our listings. The
CDs and other items shown in listing photographs are not necessarily of the
exact item that you are purchasing, so read the written description carefully.
Words are more important than pictures!
ship once per week on Wednesday. All CD's, Promo Boxes, and Box Sets are shipped well-packed in double thick
cardboard in order that your item will withstand the en route trauma inflicted
by the destructive gremlins in the postal services of the world. There is no
need to instruct us how to pack items for shipment, we have been doing this for
years and are absolutely professional about our materials and methods.
All problems you have with our service or non-arrival of goods can be resolved
with us directly. We are here to help!
mini-lp market has been and is being infiltrated by counterfeit mini-lp CDs
made in Russia. These fakes, especially when still sealed, are almost
impossible to tell unless one knows what the genuine Japan original looks like
or has one for comparison. Buyers at Disk Union have been fooled! The list of
musical artists that have been counterfeited includes: King Crimson (21st
Century UICE), Rainbow (POCP), Led Zeppelin (AMCY), Eric Clapton (UICY),
Genesis (VJCP 1st edition w/ Virgin logo on Obi), King Crimson (IECP), Jethro
Tull (TOCP), Deep Purple (WPCR-1563-1577), Black Sabbath (Victor), Creedence
Clearwater Revival (VICP), Jimi Hendrix (UICY), Beatles, Pink Floyd, and so on.
This list is not complete, and new albums are being counterfeited each month.
So, BUYERS BEWARE! Purchase items only from dealers who can be trusted to sell
only genuine Japan mini-lp CDs. Purchasing “Japan” mini-LP CDs from Russia and
China is risky. There are also many dealers in the USA, UK, Europe, and Canada
that are selling fakes. If the "Buy-It-Now" price of a mini-lp seems
too good to be true, then it may well be a counterfeit.
Also, a few dealers in places
such as Hong Kong, Canada, Peru, Thailand, and the USA are making bootleg
mini-LP boxes and selling them as legitimate promo box releases from Japan.
Record labels and Disk Union in Japan make the boxes as promotional items. The
record labels can make what they want regarding an artist because they own the
rights. Disk Union, a distributor, makes boxes and other promotional items by
asking for and being granted permission to use album artwork and related artist
logos. That is the difference between legitimate and non-legitimate promo
boxes. The non-legitimate boxes are made with stolen artwork, as these
bootleggers do not ask for and have not been granted permission from the record
labels or artists. Some of these bootleg boxes are homemade, some are factory
made in China, some pretend to be prototypes, some pretend to be made in Japan,
some claim to be limited, numbered editions. But how or where they are made
makes no difference to the central issue. The artwork is stolen, these sellers
are making money illegally, and buyers on eBay are being misled.
For more information about bootlegs & counterfeits and to
visit a great website that has detailed information about Japan CD Mini-LPs,
please cut and paste this URL for the Japan Mini-LP database website at this
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