Useful Information - Frequently Asked Questions
The auction says LP, is this a CD or Vinyl?
- This is a Vinyl Record which plays at 33 rpm on a turntable (Long Play) and is not a CD.
I can't find all of the information about the item in the title. Why?
- We are limited by ebay to 80 characters in the title so always read the description as all of the information is in there.
Do you ship worldwide?
- Yes we do ship all of our items worldwide.
Is there any extra charge for paying by Paypal?
What methods of payment do you accept?
- We accept the following:
- Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visa, Mastercard, JCB, Bank Transfer
- UK Cheques, UK Postal Orders,
- International Money Orders in UK Pounds Sterling
- Cash in UK Pounds, US Dollars or Euros
How long does it take to get my parcel once I've ordered it?
- It depends obviously on where to and how quickly the postal system takes to deliver once it is sent out.
In general, this is just an approximation:
- UK - up to 3 days, although we try to get next day whenever we can.
Europe - up to 5-6 days
USA & Africa - between 8-12 days
Japan & Asia - 6-10 days
Australia/New Zealand & South America - 12-18 days
Do you accept international money orders? Yes, but they must be in British pounds sterling.
Why so many countries of origin for different LP's, CD's and especially 7"s?
- Many collectors want to complete their collections with copies of all of the countries of issue, i.e. Queen - Bohemiam Rhapsody was probably released in 40 or more countries and then re-issued over the years. All of these issues are different and obviously some are easy to find while some are quite impossible.
It's not just having the money to buy these - it's trying to locate them!!
Why are some records very expensive and the same album also cheap?
- It's all to do with which pressings are easy to locate and how much in demand an item is.
For example, an obscure progressive rock original UK album could be worth £1000, a German original could fetch £150, while a CD is £12.
It's all to do with the collector wanting an original and not a copy - a bit like art collecting.
We are used to supplying collectors world wide and at times it is easy to forget that there are many people who don't know certain things/ times/ places/ etc because they are new to the whole scene or just that no one has ever explained what they mean. So we decided to put together a shortish list of information which could or should be able to help all collectors out there.
PROMO - this is a promotional item usually sent out to places where it would be an advantage for the artist/ group to be seen or heard, i.e. Radio stations, DJs, magazines and news papers, etc. Because they are not on sale (usually given away free - but in small quantities), many collectors desire these items and they can fetch high prices for most sought-after items. This isn't true all of the time as some promos are more common than the normal issues because a record company has tried to push an item and the public has decided not to buy it commercially.
TEST PRESSING - this is usually made for the record company to decide if everything is OK with the pressing - like it says - it's a test pressing. Sometimes a company will press extra copies and use it for promotional use. This is why some test pressings are impossible to find and others are quite common. (White labels are literally the same as test pressings).
ACETATE - this is pressed in very small quantities and is actually a metal sheet covered in acetate material. It is made for the producer/ artist/ record company to have a listen before they make a test pressing. It can only be played a few times before it wears out - but because it is so limited, can be very expensive for collectable artists.
DEMO - this is a cross between a promo and a test pressing and is usually used for promotional use. Again, not commercially available.
DIE CUT SLEEVE - this is where the sleeve has been specially been cut away by a circular cutting machine so that the disc can be seen through the sleeve. Usually for picture discs.
DOUBLE PACK - as it states really, double disc - with many CDs there is a Part 1 and Part 2, put together it's a double pack. In the 80's there were many 7" double packs but these stopped when the UK charts wouldn't accept them as sale in the late 80's.
GATEFOLD - the sleeve opens like a book.
FLEXI DISC - as the name suggests, a disc which is flexible. Usually quality isn't of perfect standard but often include rare tracks. Ideal as freebies as they are cheap to make.
LP - A Long Play Vinyl Record