Amazon have announced their intention to temporarily stop stocking discretionary items amid the coronavirus pandemic.
With world health advice urging people to stay at home and self-isolate, Amazon has seen a major spike in home delivery shopping. Given the extreme demand for household products such as toilet paper, cleaning products hand sanitizer, face masks and more, Amazon is making space in their warehouses to hold more of the aforementioned products.
Given their commitment to household products, it means Amazon will scale back its discretionary items as a consequence which means sales of vinyl records will take a hit.
“We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock,” Amazon said in a statement to third-party sellers this week, according to Variety. “With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers.
“For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation. We understand this is a change for our selling partners and appreciate their understanding as we temporarily prioritize these products for customers.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 18th, more than 200,106 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 8,010 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 150 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.
The news comes as a second hit for vinyl fans who are still reeling from the decision to postpone the eagerly-anticipated Record Store Day 2020 event.
Originally scheduled for April 18th, the annual event is a moment in the year that encourages patrons to visit their local record shops in a bid to keep the independent record shops alive across the country.
Exclusive music was set to be sold throughout the 230 independent record shops that are signed up in the UK. It would also see many stores across the globe take part in the celebrations with in-store gigs and mini street festivals.