Q: How do the pre-orders work?
A: The charge is completed at the time of the purchase. If you order other items with a pre-order item then I'll send the other items out to you in advance if you're in the US. The only exception to this is when an order is placed within the few weeks prior to the estimated release date. Then I hold them.
Q: How do you choose which records to have pre-orders for?
A: Popular reissues based on sales history on the site. Sometimes there will be pre-orders for records that a distro may have asked me to post. All State Line Records releases have pre-orders.
Q: What happens if I order a record and a shirt?
A: They will always ship separately in the US. You should receive two emails for tracking purposes.
Q: What happens if I pre-order and you can't get the record or the release gets cancelled?
A: Running a pre-order actually helps me get an idea of how much people want an album. Since I'm getting live orders I am able to reserve copies with the distributors as they come in so supply should not be an issue. If a release were to be cancelled then everyone would get a refund.
Q: How do decide what records to sell?
A: They're a combination of records I like and some by request. If there's a band you think I missed then feel free to drop a line. But please take it easy on the solicitations.
Q: Are you signing bands to State Line Records?
A: No. I mean, if you're an established band and you want to license a past recording for reissue on vinyl then get in touch. I'll be able to tell you right out the gate if it's something I could sell. Otherwise, I've identified the newer bands that I want to work with for the foreseeable future. If I'm lucky enough that things grow then I'll hopefully re-evaluate this. But this stuff costs a lot of money. A lot.
Q: Are these LP's that you sell bootlegs?
A: This question always puzzles me. No. These are all legally and officially purchased proper releases by the bands or their respective record label. I get them through various channels. I buy them directly from the bands or their labels whenever the chance presents itself. Bands are not personally paid from the sale on my website; they are paid according to their contract with their label. Take for example if I buy $600 worth of product from Victory Records then it will go into their next royalty statements even if it takes me another 6 months to sell the records. The bands are paid from the wholesale purchase.
Q: Are the reissues on State Line Records official?
A: Yes. We paid a licensing fee to each of the bands that we did reissues with in 2017.
Q: Are the Showcase Showdown, Pinkerton Thugs and Kings of Nuthin shirts bootlegs?
A: No. These are officially licensed items and I'm quite proud of that. In the case of Showcase Showdown, they provided the original artwork and Chad the punk rock printer matched it up to his own original shirt. The Kings of Nuthin provided the digital files for their shirts and selected the two designs from a series of 8 to 10. The Pinkerton Thugs shirt were put together by our own art guy, Monty (aka Monticello), and Paul from Pinkerton Thugs requested modifications or revisions. The bands are paid at the end of each quarter for their sales. Let's hope the dialog with each of these bands leads to more in the future. But each of these bands has the right to discontinue our arrangement at any time. The logo and artwork is theirs.
Q: What's the point of your site?
A: I didn't like the amount of money I was spending on shipping by buying records from each label. So I created this site to make selections from multiple great labels available in one place with one shipping cost. I try to keep my prices as low as possible but it really depends on the supplier's cost. Any mark-up or profit from the distro items goes to defray the cost of State Line Records expenses. Essentially you're supporting underground music twice by shopping on this site.