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General Interest
  
Please note that all records are graded according to the RECORD COLLECTOR Grading System.
In order to assist everyone who buys and sells rare discs, Record Collector magazine has originated
a set of standards for the condition of second-hand records.

MINT: The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality.
The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition.
Records advertised as Sealed or Unplayed should be Mint.

EXCELLENT: The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality.
The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.

VERY GOOD: The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality,
despite noticeable surface marks and the occasional light scratch.
Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items, without any major defects, is acceptable.

GOOD: The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some
distortion and mild scratches. The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, discoloration, etc.

Seller Notes: The above grades are those I use to sell, with additional details for grades used as given below.

Near Mint (NM/M-) is accepted as an often used standard in addition to the above and is for a record that appears
new but is known to have been played. This grade will be given either when I have bought the record new and it has
been played only a handful of times, or it has come from a previous owner and is assumed to have been played by them.
In both cases the vinyl itself shows no signs of having been played, though light spindle marks on the label are acceptable.
Essentially as good as new as you will find for a ‘used’ record. No used records are listed as Mint.

Excellent (EX) is equivalent to a US/Goldmine VG+ and better than many sellers use of that grade from my experience.
Note that in the Goldmine Standard there is no VG++, though some sellers also use this grade in their own system.
I prefer to adhere to a trusted industry standard here in the UK, rather than make up my own system.
For records which appear to fall between the accepted grades, + and - are accepted and may be added to the grading.

Very Good (VG) records will have noticeable surface marks consistent with age and/or play wear, as well as the
odd audible scratch/click but play well with little lessening in sound quality.

Good (G) condition records will have more and/or heavier surface marks & audible scratches/clicks than a VG.
These will be offered at a cheaper price for a desirable old/rare record and is the lowest I consider playable.
These will have been played through to make sure they play/track ok without any skips/jumps.

I will not list records in lower than Good condition except in special circumstances, perhaps for a very rare record
or maybe for the sleeve design/artwork and that will be clearly stated in the listing.

You can see I give full details of the Record Collector Grading System towards the bottom of each listing.

I grade all records personally and if I’m in any doubt, I will grade conservatively. I have 23 years experience of
buying/selling 'used' vinyl and give an honest grade for every record & sleeve.

Any known defects for any vinyl & sleeve will be mentioned in my item description.

I want you to be happy with your purchase and believe that my feedback offers proof of this.

In the unlikely event you are unhappy with the condition of the vinyl, please message me via Ebay first
before leaving feedback, so I have the opportunity to make the transaction satisfactory for you.

No returns policy on any of my vinyl listings, due to some buyers attempting to 'swap' my better condition
item for a poorer/bad condition one they already own, which is then returned to me instead of the sold item.
I'm a genuine seller and expect the same from buyers, as I'm sure you appreciate.

Thanks for reading & happy vinyl hunting...