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How to quality records for buying or selling. How to grade records : a guide for both buyers and
sellers of rare records.
Here's our guide to certifying records. Record certifying is essential if you are buying or selling
records. Buyers need to find out what to expect when buying a record unseen (as is typically the case
when buying simply by mail order as pictures rarely capture the real condition of the actual vinyl
grooves) as well as sellers need to manage the expectations of the buyers to ensure that they've
happy customers.
We propose the following grading terminologies. These are established terms and we hope you'll find
this helpful.
1. Mint : quite simply, Mint means because brand new. It doesn't matter if the actual record you are
marketing is one day aged or 50 years aged. A mint document is a brand new unplayed record. If it's
old then it's probably both old store stock that never sold back in the day, or this has been sat well
looked after inside a collection. You can't sell a 50 year old record with a few signifies on it and say
it's Mint due to the fact "you have to allow for a few wear over time". It doesn't work like that.
Peppermint is an absolute value and it means since new, not "really good considering it's grow older
". Some dealers struggle with this concept and we do not know why. If you market something as great
and it looks like it's been played or taken care of, then don't be surprised when your buyer complains.
The same goes for fleshlight sleeves. A mint sleeve has no creasing, signifies, wear, ring put on,
storage marks and so forth. Some brand new fleshlight sleeves aren't actually peppermint if they've
been poorly stored or handled badly during distribution or mailing. Great, again, is an goal grading. It
means like brand new. Nothing much less.
2. Excellent/Very great Plus. Excellent or even EX is a uk grading derived from the existing Record
Collector regular. Very good Plus or VG+ derives coming from Goldmine (the US newspaper and
price manual ) standards. They each mean pretty much exactly the same, and an item that's EX or
VG+ should show very minor wear of having been played or even handled but will normally sound
practically mint, and will look almost mint in terms of masturbator sleeves. A few light scratches or
hairlines are expected, and a little gentle creasing or storage space wear on a sleeve will normally be
expected. An archive in this condition can be quite a really nice copy, and as good as you might hope
to get without spending for a minter.
3. Very Good. Very good means a record or sleeve exhibiting quite a bit of deterioration, but still
should sound and look decent although obviously used. A good record may have a lot of surface
marks, however there should be no jumps, no loud clicks, absolutely no deep gouges, and no cracks
etc. It is a copy that has been nicely loved and well played, but is certainly not junked. Some surface
noise will be expected, especially slightly light crackle in the run in and also run out, but the songs
should sound clearly over the top and the crackle shouldn't make tuning in an unpleasant experience.
Together with sleeves, the sleeve should be intact and complete.
4. Good : a good record or sleeve will be well worn, heavily marked, but should still play OK albeit
with considerable surface sound and pops and also crackles. A sleeve may be dirty, seriously
creased, written on, maybe torn, but still relatively complete.
5. Poor : A poor document or sleeve is normally only ever sold if it's a super rarity. Poor means that
the actual record probably jumps, or is actually damaged, or is terribly damaged yet continues to be
of interest as a piece of music memorabilia even if not as a living playing record. If you identified a
copy of an king elvis Presley Sun 45 original that was snapped in half, you wouldn't manage to sell it
as a "report " as such because it wouldn't play, but you can probably still market it to an Elvis collector
who would pay the (relative to the value of a good copy) low price just to have this type of rare item of
any type.
Stating the obvious:
The general rule whenever selling records online or via magazines is to state just as much about
defects as possible. Serious buyers will not be deterred if you let them know there's some surface
area noise or a tear on the sleeve. However, they probably will be really upset if they acquire
something from you and discover all sorts of injury that they didn't find out about beforehand. Thanks
to the internet, it's now easy to consist of photographs and appear files when selling records. Some
websites will let you add a good audio file to your record auction listing free of charge for instance,
meaning as long as you are honest and clear, no buyer should obtain a nasty surprise when choosing
from you. The less available the item, the more crucial it is that all problems are clearly explained.
Some common abbreviations used by record retailers and collectors to explain faults and blemished
when buying or promoting rare records tend to be :
SOL : sticker about label
WOL: writing on label
TOL : tear about label (for example, whenever a sticker has been removed badly)
MOL: mark on label (could be a grease tag, glue residue or anything else )
TOS: Tear upon sleeve
WOS: Writing about sleeve
NOC: No unique centre (UK and several other countries made records with strong centres which
were sometimes removed for jukebox or overseas use. Generally speaking, UK record collectors
buying fifties and 60's data will expect the original center to be intact and not removed, and if it is not
it will have a negative affect the value of the report so it must be plainly stated).
Many from the above can be prefixed by:
S Small
Again, if in doubt, specifically condition the defect if you possess the space to do so.
So, you've studied our own descriptions and you've made a purchase online. You're looking at a
record that was referred to as VG+. It has came, and it looks like the area under 10's skateboarding
club has been riding on it for the last few days. Were we wrong in our explanation with the grading
system? no ! Sadly a lot of sellers are able to develop "groove blindness" when grading their own
records. They must problem over certifying when they sell. If you think a record has been overgraded,
don't just take a seat and sulk. Make contact with the seller and nicely explain your worries. If it looks
entirely blatantly overgraded, then complain a bit more strongly and either ask for your money back
(plus return shipping as you'll be likely to send it back again ), or ask for a great adjustment in the
value if it's a record you desperately wanted plus it actually plays okay despite looking a whole lot
worse than it ought to be.
If you bought through PayPal you can complain employing their dispute process (it's now handled by
an individual "requesting a return").
Record grading is absolutely fundamental to the rare vinyl record collecting marketplace. When you
find document dealers who level well, then keep a note of them and employ them again. Similarly, if
you find other people wanting to fob you off with scratchy over graded junk then make sure you don't
use them again ! Happy record accumulating !

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