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Thread started 01/14/19 8:36pm

scs2000

Did anyone not receive their copy of Crystal Ball mail order from long ago

Hi,

I just read Jim Walsh's book, the Gold Experience Prince in the '90s, which reminded me about stuff and it got me thinking. I looked around for an answer and couldn't find one. Did anyone not get their copy of Crystal Ball?

I ordered mine and did recieve it and it took about a month and this was 1997. It came with just five discs inside the round clear container. It had nothing else in it. If I'm remembering correctly, I believe they also sent me a Jam of the Year shirt too.

So after reading the book, I wondered if there was anyone that ordered Crystal Ball and never received it ?

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Reply #1 posted 01/14/19 8:41pm

FragileUnderto
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When I ordered mine there was no release date.
I want to say it took 9 months to come.
It came around March 4 1998. I clearly remember because it was near someone s birthday
Yes, I got it along with a free Emancipation t shirt
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Reply #2 posted 01/14/19 8:46pm

benni

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I remember getting mine real quick, maybe 2 weeks? The reason I remember is because everyone was complaining about how long it took, and I already had mine. eek

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Reply #3 posted 01/14/19 9:51pm

mikeyaddict

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Still waiting for my lotu$£lower t-shirt. They said they sent it.
Comin str8 outta Preston...
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Reply #4 posted 01/15/19 12:00am

peer1973

i called, i mailed, i called again.

mailed,

called again and yet again.....

then suddenly no more answer....

did never get my crystal ball 5 CD version, forgot about that, untill i read this thread....

sad

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Reply #5 posted 01/15/19 1:51am

fen

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Mine was significantly delayed, but I got it eventually. The retail version was out in the shops before I received my copy - that drove me nuts. smile

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Reply #6 posted 01/15/19 2:07am

TheEnglishGent

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I never ordered one but I remember people complaining about not receiving it when I bought mine in the record store.

RIP sad
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Reply #7 posted 01/15/19 4:14am

IstenSzek

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FragileUndertow said:

When I ordered mine there was no release date. I want to say it took 9 months to come. It came around March 4 1998. I clearly remember because it was near someone s birthday Yes, I got it along with a free Emancipation t shirt [Edited 1/14/19 20:44pm]


same for me. i ordered it right at the beginning and then it took the best part of a year to arrive
at my house.

i got

* crystal ball disc 1
* crystal ball disc 2
* crystal ball disc 3
* the truth
* the truth

lol

so no kamasutra and no booklet evil and a joty tshirt, yes. so it was a bit of a mess. luckily i'm
not a big fan of the kamasutra album so it's not like a was bummed about that. but for collector
reasons it was a bit of a fuck up.


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Reply #8 posted 01/15/19 4:30am

player

Does anyone have a pic of the t-shirt they received (I'm assuming they were the same)? Would love to see that as mine came without sad

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Reply #9 posted 01/15/19 4:42am

sulls

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I received mine, the 5-disc set in the 'crystal ball', but I don't recall what the time frame was from order to delivery. I was a bit put off that there was no booklet. Ended up buying the 4-disc set as well, so I do have a booklet. Had The Truth from my 5-disc set stolen from my vehicle many years ago and was able to get a replacement copy on eBay late last year.

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Reply #10 posted 01/15/19 5:21am

Krid

I received mine pretty quickly, I remember that. It was the 5 disc version, incl. The Truth and Kamasutra.

If I remember correctly, I also got a T-Shrt and a cassette with "The War" on it. Anyone else got this as well?

I loved the CB album and also The Truth, but I don't think I ever listened to Kamasutra in it entirety...

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Reply #11 posted 01/15/19 5:27am

7salles

Krid said:

I received mine pretty quickly, I remember that. It was the 5 disc version, incl. The Truth and Kamasutra.

If I remember correctly, I also got a T-Shrt and a cassette with "The War" on it. Anyone else got this as well?

I loved the CB album and also The Truth, but I don't think I ever listened to Kamasutra in it entirety...

I got it quickly and received the 5 discs incl. the t-shirt and the war cassete tape. I received it quickly in brazil and the sender payed all customs and taxes. =)

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Reply #12 posted 01/15/19 5:47am

fabriziovenera
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I received Crystal Ball, Kamasutra, The Truth, and a Emancipation T-shirt. More or less in march/april.

After the summer I sent a fax to 1-800-NEW-FUNK asking for The Was cassette, please, and they sent it to me some weeks after, for free.

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Reply #13 posted 01/15/19 6:00am

JorisE73

I ordered it via a friend in the USA becuase I didn't want to use my Credit Card online and received it with a white Jam Of The Year T-shirt. Some people in the US recieved a Face Down T-shirt that I also wanted.

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Reply #14 posted 01/15/19 6:38am

PurpleDorothy

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I don't recall when I ordered it but it, but it was delayed by months. Mine came with the truth but no kamasutra and no booklet. I did not get a shirt or a war cassette , but I did get a different looking silver symbol necklace on a black cord the round part has a irridescent
marble that looks like a crystal ball. My ex fiancee took my CD set years ago along with some other pre 2004 items. I still have the necklace though. I guess he didn't like jewelry..... confused
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Reply #15 posted 01/15/19 7:06am

NouveauDance

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I got 2 copies (delivered separately) but only ordered one and was charged for both.

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I did end up selling the extra for a profit years ago, but I could've done without the extra expense at the time. Real bunch of amateurs, I wonder how long post-its with our credit card details on were floating around their offices.

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Reply #16 posted 01/15/19 9:55am

williamb610

I got mine, but it took awhile. I think it was the version that was an actual see-through ball, with each of the CDs inserted in a slot. I'm trying to remember. That was 23 years ago....shit!

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Reply #17 posted 01/15/19 10:47am

Doozer

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I pre-ordered, waited months, then found that the Best Buy down the street had copies in store and I still hadn't received mine. I cancelled my order and bought it in-store for less than the pre-order price, though it didn't come with Kamasutra, which I was quite OK with. biggrin

It was the "hockey puck" version, though, clear with the four CDs in slots.

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Reply #18 posted 01/15/19 11:53am

Se7en

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Mine came in a decent amount of time (for that era). They threw in a War cassette, a few Emancipation large-fomat lyric books, and a Jam Of The Year T-shirt.

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Reply #19 posted 01/15/19 12:17pm

BEAUGARDE

And you guys yawn @ my topics (lol)

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Reply #20 posted 01/15/19 12:31pm

iZsaZsa

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TheEnglishGent said:

I never ordered one but I remember people complaining about not receiving it when I bought mine in the record store.


Me too.
What?
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Reply #21 posted 01/15/19 1:40pm

42Kristen

I recieved mines in a month

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Reply #22 posted 01/15/19 1:58pm

ThePersian

I definitely ordered it. But I don’t have it.
It either got stolen.
Or it never arrived.
The late 90’s were a bit of a blur, so I can’t really remember.
What year was it for sale on NPG club?
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Reply #23 posted 01/15/19 2:35pm

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mikeyaddict said:

Still waiting for my lotu$£lower t-shirt. They said they sent it.


Man, those shirts must be amongst the rarest of Prince collectibles LOL.

I'd heard about Crystal Ball and the mail order thing then one day I walked into a Blockbuster and there it was.

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Reply #24 posted 01/15/19 3:38pm

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Mine took months. Long after the retail version came out. I got a Tee and War cassette too. The tee was so small I ended up using it to clean my windows and mirrors. Definately the Jam Of The Smear.

About 2 years later, I went to record fair in Wembley, London and Chris Dawson was running a stall on behalf of PP (I hadn't seen Chris in public for years) and they had a table stacked high with thousands of Crystal Ball 5 disc pucks, all sealed, for £5 each. So I bought another 4 and gave them to friends.

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Reply #25 posted 01/15/19 4:03pm

Serious

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I never got mine.

With a very special thank you to Tina: Is hammer already absolute, how much some people verändern...ICH hope is never so I will be! And if, then I hope that I would then have wen in my environment who joins me in the A....
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Reply #26 posted 01/15/19 4:12pm

mynameisnotsus
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It's the first thing I ever ordered online - the reason I got my first credit card.
Yes I do remember being pissed it had been released to retail earlier and for cheaper than what I pre-ordered. Yes I got Kamasutra and the JoTY T-shirt (which I wore until it was threadbare lol) Amazon had a sale on the retail 4-disc version for like $8 so I bought 3 copies.
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Reply #27 posted 01/15/19 11:11pm

JorisE73

SquirrelMeat said:

Mine took months. Long after the retail version came out. I got a Tee and War cassette too. The tee was so small I ended up using it to clean my windows and mirrors. Definately the Jam Of The Smear.

About 2 years later, I went to record fair in Wembley, London and Chris Dawson was running a stall on behalf of PP (I hadn't seen Chris in public for years) and they had a table stacked high with thousands of Crystal Ball 5 disc pucks, all sealed, for £5 each. So I bought another 4 and gave them to friends.



The 5 CD Puck was also for sale at the merchandise stalls on the ONe Nite Alone tour, I bought a extra there for about $50.

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Reply #28 posted 01/16/19 3:58am

onlyforaminute

Got mine, but I think I got it after everybody else had a ton of issues with theirs, so I guess the problems had been straightened out. I don't remember ever having issues with my orders .
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Reply #29 posted 01/16/19 7:44am

steakfinger

I never got mine. Much to my surprise I saw at Best Buy one day and picked it. No one else I knew at that time had received theres, though they later did.

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