All vinyl records and CDs are supplied in the condition
described and in line with the grading system described
In order to assist everyone who buys from us , we follow the
Record Collector Magazine set of standards for the condition
of records, cassettes and CDs. Anyone buying or selling
records must use these conditions to state what amount of
wear and tear the disc, its sleeve and/or contents have been
subject to. We visually inspect every single one of our
items. The standard condition categories we use , and a
description of what each one means , are listed below:
The record or CD itself is in 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 and CDs advertised as
Sealed or Unplayed should be Mint.
The record or CD shows some small signs of having been played,
but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The
cover and packaging might only have minimal signs of wear.
VERY GOOD (VG)
The record or CD has obviously been played many times, but
displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite
surface marks and scratches. Normal wear and tear on the
cover and contents is acceptable , although occasionally
extra items such as inserts or lyric sheets may be
incomplete or missing.
The record or CD has been played so much that the sound
quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some
distortion and scratches. The cover and contents suffer from
folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, discoloration,
Why does an item have two grades?
Where an item has two grades supplied , these are in
Cover/Media order. For example , the grading EX/M would
indicated that the cover is in EXCELLENT condition and the
media is in MINT. Where items are given just one grade to
describe them , this indicates that they are issued and
supplied with no picture cover. The grade they have in this
case is for the media.
CDs and Cassettes
As a general rule, CDs and cassettes either play perfectly -
in which case they are in Mint condition - or they don't, in
which case their value is minimal. Cassette tape is liable
to deteriorate with age, even if it remains unplayed, so
care should be taken when buying old tapes.
CDs are difficult to grade visually: they can look perfect
but actually be faulty, while in other cases they may appear
damaged but still play perfectly. Cassette and CD inlays and
booklets should be graded in the same way as record covers
and sleeves. In general, the plastic containers for
cassettes and CDs can easily be replaced if they are broken
or scratched, but card covers and digipaks are subject to
the same wear as record sleeves.