Fueled By Ramen went on a pressing spree in late 2013, re-pressing some OOP albums and giving some the vinyl treatment for the first time. Amongst them was Panic! At The Disco’s third album, Vices & Virtues. Another Hot Topic exclusive, the album was pressed on maroon vinyl limited to 1500 copies for the first pressing. Instead of an insert a full color photo dust sleeve is included. No download code or CD is included with the record.
One thing of note with this and all of the Hot Topic exclusive records/variants that came out around this time (late 2013) is that the retailer is putting up the records in small batches at a time to drive up sales. For example, say a record is limited to 1,000 copies, with 300 going to physical stores and the rest allotted for online, instead of putting up all the copies they know they are getting at once, they are putting up 200 copies at a time, waiting for them to sell out, waiting a few days for people who missed out on a copy to get anxious, then putting up another batch of records so more people buy the record sooner than they normally would in fear it will “sell out” again. It’s all a marketing ploy to get more money and get it faster. My hunch is that they implemented this after seeing how long they are sitting on unsold copies of other Hot Topic exclusives, in some cases six months or more. A rep from Hot Topic claims they stagger the release of the records because “they get put online as they get them.” But if you know you are getting 700 copies to sell online why not put up all 700 copies for sale at one time. If you’re worried about overselling and having to refund people, put up 660 or 670 out of the whole 700 to account for stock system errors where people get an order in after it sells out.