Grading Details

All records (and CDs) are first of all visually examined and this method is used to generally grade each item. Where distinct imperfections are noted, these are checked audibly and noted under "Comments". Where records do not have a picture sleeve, the original record company paper sleeve will be provided, where possible.
 

PLEASE NOTE:  If you purchase items from this website and they do not match the grading given, a refund may be granted, provided that the items are returned within 30 days of receipt and that the items remain in EXACTLY the same condition as they were first shipped from music4collectors.com. Please apply for any returns by email 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:

M

Mint: As New, showing no wear whatsoever. Still has virgin "shine" or gloss.

M-

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.

P

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:

US

U.S. Pressing

CAN

Canadian Pressing

JAP

Japanese Pressing

UK

U.K. Pressing

GER

German Pressing

NZ

New Zealand Pressing

ITA

Italian Pressing

FRA

French Pressing

SWE

Swedish Pressing

 

These abbreviations are used to indicate particular flaws:

TOS

The sleeve has been torn.

TOL

Parts of the record's label have been torn away.

WOS

Writing on the sleeve.

WOL

Writing on the label.

TEX

Texta writing on the label.

HIS

Punch out/hole in cover - sometimes indicates catalog deletion.

STP

Staple holes through sleeve.

HIL

Punch out/hole through label.

NOC

Original centre of disc has been removed.

SOS

Foreign sticker on the sleeve.

SOL

Sticker on the label (other than "D.J. Sample" type of sticker).

RM

Record / label has worn some ring marks into the sleeve.

WRP

Record has been warped. Does not affect play other than slight scruffing.

SEA

Glue from seam of cover has become unstuck.

HOL

Some damage/enlargement of centre hole.

TAL

Tape on label or sleeve.

DC

Sleeve or label discolouration.

WRI

Writing. Specific to magazines, newspapers etc.

INC

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.
 

Further elaboration may be included under the item's comments.