|ALL MY LISTINGS HAVE THE COVER GRADED FIRST AND THE RECORD OR CD SECOND. DUE TO THE SHEER VOLUME OF ITEMS COMING IN DAILY THE MAJORITY OF ITEMS ARE ONLY VISUALLY CHECKED. |
Any listing of mine that has a grading such as EX/EX - the first grading
is for the sleeve and the second for the record. In cases were there is just
one grading such as EX then that is for the record only and means it is not
in pic. sleeve.
All items are graded with slight variations on the theme used by UK Record Collector and Goldmine magazine. All items listed M/M are in fact new and unplayed but might not necessarily be sealed. In many cases I have stated if an item is sealed or not.
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 very little sign of having been played and there should be no no lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging will look nearly new. It is my belief that used items should NOT be classed as MINT
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, discolouration, etc.
FAIR The record is still just playable but has not been cared for properly and displays considerable surface noise; it may even jump. The cover and contents will be torn, stained and/or defaced. This condition is rarely used and would only be for something super super rare and was only being bought to fill a collection until a clean copy may possibly, if at all be found.
CDs & 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 are 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.
If the above policy leaves any doubts, please refer to GEMM's generally accepted Grading Standard