Frequent Asked Questions
Instant Vinyl is our creation for independent artists to be able to sell vinyl to their fans without huge up front costs and long wait times. We had one goal in mind: getting vinyl into your fans hands. Once registered we will send you a product page to sell your record and within 4-6 weeks (for under 50 sales, longer for more sales) we will create each record and ship it to your fans. The difference in price between what you sell it for and how much it costs us to make it will be the profit paid out monthly.
The membership fee is to be able to sell your vinyl through our program where we create and ship your records for you, any quantity! The per record price is the cost of the records. You don’t pay the cost of the records, your fans will! You just add the profit you want on top of the cost and the profit will be paid out monthly.
We’ll provide you your own product page where you direct your fans to purchase your record. We handle everything else from there!
We have affordable memberships based on how long you’d like to sell your vinyl through Instant Vinyl. Select 1, 3, or 6 months and then upload your artwork and audio. You’ll receive a sign up link to access your IV dashboard. We will create a mock up for you to use on your socials and a product page to sell your vinyl.
Standard Pricing, see below for 50 and 100 pricing
Currently, we don’t have direct integrations with other venders. Here are a couple ways to make it work:
- Sell your vinyl through Bandcamp, Spotify, Shopify or others. When you get a new order just place an order using your Instant Vinyl page and your customers information for the shipping address and we will fulfill it.
- Selling on your website. Link to your Instant Vinyl product page directly. On your website, use the mockup we provide as a linked image that will bring people to your Instant Vinyl product page.
- Selling on Instgram. Set up the product and link it directly to your Instant Vinyl page.
One reason: wouldn’t you rather your fans have your vinyl than not?
The process to make records in such small quantities is very time and labor intensive which can make the per copy price higher than a per record price of a standard pressed run. But the bright side is, you can now always offer vinyl to your fans for every release you do no matter the quantity sold! You only pay $20 for the membership and your fans pay for the vinyl. You even make a bit of profit (if you want) to boot!
For artists who can sell or want more than 50, there are price breaks!
If you sell more than 50 or 100 records in the first 4 weeks of your membership you qualify for price breaks per copy. Which means… more profit! NOTE: 7″ records only have a price break at 100+ copies sold and 10″ records are only available at standard pricing.
This program is designed to be shipped to each customer one at a time. If you would like a bulk order, contact Hellbender Vinyl directly.
Once you add your membership to the cart, you will see upload forms for artwork and audio.
You should order a vinyl pressing if: 1. You have $2k+ to spend on record manufacturing 2. You want hundreds of copies and are confident you have the fans to sell them 3. You want to sell them in person.
You should apply for Instant Vinyl if you want to sell vinyl without the up front costs, not worry about how many you sell, and are projecting less than 100 sales.
You should order a short run if you want 6-30 copies to sell in person or how ever you’d like.
Contact Hellbender vinyl directly to purchase 100+ records up front and have them delivered to your door.
Contact American Vinyl Co for short runs and one offs.
Instant Vinyl is a membership program. Once signed up the vinyl manufacturing has no up front costs. Instant Vinyl collects what it costs to make the record from your fans and you get the profit of the difference between cost and your selling price.
Selling Price – Cost = Your profit
Pay outs are monthly to your bank account.
We are! Orders under 50 are made by American Vinyl Co (creators of Instant Vinyl) and orders over 50 copies are pressed by independent plant Hellbender Vinyl with American Vinyl Co cutting the lacquers.
7″ – 5 minutes per side
10″ – 12 minutes per side
under 50 copies – 20 minutes per side
over 50 copies – 24 minutes per side
No minimum order and 100 maximum.