Corvus*Corax Tips On BUYING / SELLING RECORDS (vinyls)

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To ensure customer satisfaction, clean your records before selling them and ensure it plays throughout with no jumps. I have a random technique of cleaning records. I just use a damp piece of compressed toilet paper and set the record on my turntable. I turn the speed up to as fast as I can (on mine it’s 78rpm + 50%) and spin the record whilst moving the piece of toilet paper from the centre outwards. As long as the paper isn’t too damp, this will buff up the record from greasy fingerprints and remove most of the dirt. It leaves minimal lint behind (despite what people say) and whatever lint cannot be removed is usually dislodged by the needle upon playback. For tougher grime and dirt you may use alcoholic swabs then some soft toilet paper. Try to avoid using tissue paper and stuff with aloe vera in it. There are other methods to clean records too so be inventive, as long as you remember that plastic melts (when using strong solvents) and scratches easily (when using abrasive materials).

Take note of the condition of your records as this is the FIRST thing customers look for in records, as one which holds scratches is less desirable. Look for surface marks (noted by collectors), deeper scratches (noted by DJs), and greasy fingerprints (that you should clean off). Take good bright pictures of the label and maybe the sleeve also if there is artwork on the sleeve. Do your research if you don’t have the full track/artist names. Go onto google/ and find out. This makes life easier for the customer and ensures you get a sale. I personally have experienced above-average sales when I place links on my item description to an MP3 sample of the tracks on the record. This can be done if you have your own webspace using an HTML link. I rip my all my vinyl digitally from my decks, and convert them into MP3s on my PC. The MP3 samples I use are not full versions of the tracks to encourage the customer to buy the record in order to hear the full track.

Use proper vinyl mailers which can be ordered from places such as covers33 ( Also post with a stiffener (piece of flat corrugated card the size of the record). Write on or use stickers that say FRAGILE or DO NOT BEND and send recorded delivery to insure it against breaking. This also means it gets to it’s destination quicker and with more reliability AND you know when it’s been delivered (the buyer can’t claim it never arrived & ask for their money back). Many sellers on eBay overcharge for postage. ONE record with all the above should only cost £3.00 at the most including recorded delivery. 2nd class is not advisable for records as it is a consolidated process (non direct) and has more chance of getting battered in the post.


Look out for the necessary information:- Condition of the record, price, postage costs and how they pack the record in the post. The latter is not usually in the description so if you are worried about your record in transit, ask the seller a question about the postage and advise getting it recorded delivery (only 60-70p extra). Also check the edition of the record, i.e. whether or not it is a standard copy, a REPRESS (non-original), or a PROMO (usually worth a lot more as they were released in limited numbers before being commercially released).
Avoid placing records near radiators or hot pipes or any other areas of temperature gradient. This is the main cause of warped records (Pringle-shaped discs) as irregular heating across the plane of the vinyl can distort the plastic. Keep your records stored away in a cool dry place (i.e. not your shed) to prevent corrosion of the sleeves, and preferably in a box away from dust, or better still a metal record flight-case.


This is what I do and I have had all sorts. Here are my tips, READ the auction very carefully to see what exactly you are bidding for (i.e. 25 singles or 25 tracks including albums – a mistake I made recently)! ALWAYS ask the seller the initial question of the conditions of the records if it’s not stated in the listing. Find out how far away the seller is from you, sometimes it works out cheaper and easier to pick up large quantities of records in person (saves postage and damage in the post, and you can inspect the records before you buy them). This will be in favour of the seller too as they won’t need to go through the trouble of posting them and save money on Paypal fees if the buyer pays by cheque/cash.

Read above and take notes! Clean all your records and ensure you are offering the most honest deal. ALWAYS state what condition they are in including the sleeves and list CLEARLY what records/albums you are offering in your collection.


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