All records and CDs are visually examined and this method is used first to generally grade each item. Some specific defects may also be referred to in the item's description. When sold, I also personally play all items before shipping as a further check. Where records do not have a picture sleeve, the original record company paper sleeve will be provided, or as close a match as possible.
PLEASE NOTE: If you purchase an item from this website and it does not match the grading given, a refund may be granted, provided that the same item is returned within 30 days of receipt and that it remains in EXACTLY the same condition as it was first shipped by me. Please contact me first before returning the item.
These abbreviations are used to describe record/CD, and where applicable, picture sleeve. An individual grading for each side of the record (or playable side of a CD) will be given, with general surface condition shown first, followed by any extra features/faults. None of the records offered on this website should jump or skip when played on suitable equipment with a stylus in reasonable condition.
eg. M-/TOL/VG+/DC indicates that the surface of side one of this record / cd is Mint Minus and that part of the label has been torn. The surface of side two is Very Good Plus and there is some discoloration to side two's label.
In general terms, the gradings are as follows:
Mint: As New, showing no wear whatsoever. Some people suggest that an item must be completely unused to be Mint. As I've played each record/CD at least once, I'll never grade anything here as Mint.
Has some slight surface marks, usually caused by dust "etching". No audible marks. If used to describe a sleeve, indicates minor blemishes. Still has virgin "shine" or gloss.
VG+ / VG
Shows some obvious signs of being played more than once. Surface marks may be audible in softer passages. Still a very good item. If used to describe a sleeve, indicates general wear and tear.
G+ / G
Although still quite playable, this item has heavy wear and tear. Numerous surface marks may cause noises such as pops, clicks etc. But overall, still quite bearable. If used to describe a sleeve, indicates folding, cracked edges, heavy signs of tape used for repair etc.
In poor condition, will still play but its value is purely to fill a gap in your collection until something better becomes available. If used to describe a sleeve, it's better than nothing at all, but not much more.
These abbreviations may be used to indicate country of origin:
New Zealand Pressing
These abbreviations are used to indicate particular flaws:
The sleeve has been torn.
Parts of the record's label have been torn away.
Writing on the sleeve.
Writing on the label.
Texta writing on the label.
Punch out/hole in cover - sometimes indicates catalog deletion.
Staple holes through sleeve.
Punch out/hole through label.
Original centre of disc has been removed.
Foreign sticker on the sleeve.
Sticker on the label (other than "D.J. Sample" type of sticker).
Record / label has worn some ring marks into the sleeve.
Record has been warped. Does not affect play other than slight scruffing.
Glue from seam of cover has become unstuck.
Some damage/enlargement of centre hole.
Tape on label or sleeve.
Sleeve or label discolouration.
Writing. Specific to magazines, newspapers etc.
Some damage from exposure to insects (usually minor discoloration to edges. Specific to magazines, newspapers etc.
|CUT||Part of the page has been cut out, usually part of an article or photo. Specific to magazines, newspapers etc.|