I was blogging the other day while doing my top 25 Christmas songs and came across this page featuring "Wonderful Christmastime" by Sir Paul McCartney and as you can see from the photograph below, the vinyl is red.  Immediately, I looked at the options and found they had used ones, still seeing the red record picture, and I ordered. 

Because I have John Lennon's Happy Christmas (War is Over) as a 45 and it's GREEN, (Something I've never seen before) I thought what a wonderful piece to add to my already worthwhile Beatles collection. 

Well, another year's over Amazon, and what have you done?  The record came today.  (I actually thought it was my 2010 Great Pyrenees Calendar for the office) and I found that the photo cover of the 45 was in pretty good shape.  Then I pulled out the 45 to see how the red record would look and….. IT WAS BLACK.  Photo

On the labeling, it said, BLACK Vinyl.  The person who put it in the box even underlined that they checked off it was black vinyl. 

So I logged back in to Amazon.  Yeah, when I looked at my past orders, there it was in black and white saying RED: 

Paul McCartney " Wonderful Christmas " b/w " Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reggae " RED Vinyl 45 U.S. Pressing

Sold by: musicPDQ (seller profile)

But the problem was, under the USED section, it clearly says, in quite fine print that I didn't look for because I'd already been sold the bill that this was going to be a RED record, "Comments:  
black vinyl."

I really think this sucks, Amazon.  Sir Paul might even say "It's a Drag." 

If you're going to sell something that's not RED it should have it's own category on your site, like, "HEY THIS IS PAUL MCCARTNEY'S RECORD but it's like, BLACK, Dude, so don't spend $12 when you could pay $19 to get one in MINT condition."

I never intended to play the record.  Matter of fact, I don't even have a turntable. But my Beatles collection is worth decent money and it has more sentimental value than anything else.  I really had planned to put this RED record in it. 

Alas, now it can just go in next to my two different versions of She Loves You on Swan Records, and Love Me Do on Tollie Records, and the wrongly labeled Something/Come Together that Apple put the wrong label on and instead says it's songs by a band called, "Trash Can."   It won't be going next to my Happy  X-Mas 45.   It's green.  And way too cool.  Like this was supposed to have been. 

And so, thanks to you and sleight of hand tactics, Amazon, I'm not having so "Wonderful-a-Chistmastime." 

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