Below is a synopsis of our grading system.
Covers Are always Graded First, Records Last.
Any Inserts, posters etc are after the cover and before the record
|MINT||M||The record is as new. The cover and any inserts should be in perfect condition.|
We do not use this classification as A record is unliely to arrive through the post in truly mint condition.
|EX+||The record is near-mint, there is no damage or visible surface marking. Under Bright Light you may see fine lines on the record, caused by rubbing on the paper sleeve.|
The Cover and inserts are undamaged.
|EXCELLENT||EX||The record shows some signs of having been played, possibly with light surface marks or fingerprints but there is no appreciable lessening in sound quality.|
The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.
|EX-||There may be fiarly visible surface markings under bright light but the sound quality if the record is not adversely affected.|
The Cover and inserts may have noticeable light creasing or "foxing" due to dampness but they are all present and intacked
|VERY GOOD||VG||The record has obviously been played a lot, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality despite surface marks and some light scratches. We Also Use this grading where the record has suffered perhaps one more visible scratch, but is otherwise in EX or better condition.|
The cover may be creased a little and/or frayed at the opening. We will attempt to itemise any more serious damage such as tears or sticker damage.
|GOOD||G||The record has been played so much that the sound quality has been affected noticeably, perhaps with some distortion and clicks due to scratches. We Primarily Use this clasification for picture discs, where the sound deteriorates more quickley with use.|
The cover and inserts may be folded, have minor tears and/or splits at the edges, they have not been looked ater.
|FAIR||F||This is the lowest grading we use, and then only for records that are so hard to find that any copy will do|
The record is still just playable, but has not looked after there is a lot surface noise, it may even jump.
The cover and contents will be torn, stained and/or defaced, possibly with bits missing.
|POOR||N/A||We don't mail records in this sort of condition, you must see it in the shop before deciding to buy!|
The record will no longer play properly due to the damage.
The Cover will be folded torn and probably incomplete
|BAD||N/A||Gee, You gotta be desperate to complete your collection to buy this one! It WILL be unplayable, and if you get the cover, treat it as a bonus!|
|Still Sealed||S/S||The Wild Card, The record is still factory sealed, and should be in mint condition, We cannot get at the disc to check the condition whitout breaking the seal!|
We generally only sell CDs that are in near-perfect condition. Unless stated there will be only the very lightest of surface marks, but not on the playing surface.
occasionally we use the EX- grade, this allows for light surface marks on the play area and possobly more visible marks outside the play area.
All Our CDs carry a money back guarantee if they fail to play properly, our gradings relate to that....We do not want to have to pay postage 2 ways because of slack grading!
Where CDs are in EX or better, no reference to condition is made, where CDs are in EX- We note it in the description! Nothing in less than EX- condition is listed
Cover damage to inlays and Digipacks is graded as for records, the Boxes are not graded as they can be replaced.