Thanks for all the informative responses. I have simmered down some since yesterday.
I want to start off with "thanks for listening" first as I re-read my post and I sound very agitated. And I was quite upset indeed.
Our european friends are right I am suspecting the production in the USA may be substandard and there may be a case where returns are getting re-shrinkwapped and sent back out.
I hate returning things, I do and I rarely return things. I think I am going to go ahead and send back all three albums to amazon as a first step to send a message and ask for an exchange. If what they send out is the same old news then we will know there's a problem as a whole with the production over here.
The fingerprints were not from shipping I assure you. They were not dust prints, they were melted into the vinyl where the shiny surface was dulled by either pressure or chemical process or both. Amazon actually does a good job of shipping LPs, they put them in the standard Mail cardboard sleeve and THEN put the whole thing into a larger box with loose paper padding. Now what UPS does to these boxes is a whole different story. (in the back of my mind I imagine the UPS warehouses to be a place where workers play football and soccer with the boxes and hump them until all corners have been worn off -- but like I said it's my twisted imagination.)
In one LP there was actually a vinyl flow mark... as in as the vinyl cake was pressed and melted into the lp shape, it made streaks that you can see in plain light on the surface of the lp.
Ultimately the proof is in the pudding. If I am playing it and it is not sounding right when older records of several different record companies sound fine on two separate turntables then I feel confident it is not me, it is them.
I am also hitting the local stores but they're not carrying sealed new records, they're mostly used lp stores -- don't get me wrong I found countless gems in these stores. I will keep researching, I am in a smaller town but Austin is still a booming intellectual city with lots of surprises so who knows.
I will also research and look up more UK and EU pressed records and see if I can get hold of one or two to compare. Thanks to those that shared company names and records they recently purchased.
And let's end it on a good note, I was listening to ANDREAS VOLLENWEIDER ~ CAVERNA MAGICA on lp -- an artist I knew nothing about until very recently. His album was singing through my speakers and I was lost in the music. So aside from my brief negative experience, I am here to stay in the vinyl world until the world stops spinning
PS. Also thanks for the welcome message and also thanks to Rob998 who made me feel better about opening sealed records. I was feeling guilty but you're right what's the point of having them otherwise?