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Norwegian mailorder site Looop closes

Looop, the mail order site specialising in independent Norwegian music, has closed. Looop ran mail order and distribution services for artists and labels including Jazkamer, Lasse Marhaug, Maja Ratkje, Supersilent and others (full list can be accessed via the Internet Archive here).

Looop says the cause for the close is the Norwegian postal service, which has increased prices and become more complex, meaning overseas shipping is now too expensive, and pre-calculating shipping costs is impossible. A statement on the Looop site reads: "The Norwegian postal service has increased the postage rates considerably yet again, making it too expensive for people outside Norway to order from us. They make up the majority of our customers… To our customers, artists, labels and friends: Thank you very much for your support! To the Norwegian postal service: FOAD."