How To Grade Vinyl Records

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HI ALL, I am a record dealer here on ebay but i also buy records for my personal collection
and i am writing this guide for all the people who sell vinyl particularly in the Hip Hop categorys
who have little idea how to grade a record, And also for all the B-Boys
who have bought a record described as being in mint condition
only to recieve It and find its virtually ready for the bin!

It helps if everyone sticks to the same guidelines,
In the UK the standard guidelines are set out in
The Rare Record Collectors Guide (Goldmine for the US)

Which State:

The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks
or deterioration in sound quality.
The cover and any extra items are in perfect condition.
Records advertised as sealed or un-played should be mint.

I and many other dealers will ONLY grade a record as mint if it is sealed,
Because few open records are truly perfect!

The record shows some signs of having been played,
but there is very little lessening in sound quality.
The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.

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.

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, discoloration, etc.

The record is still just playable but it 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.

As a general rule, CD's and cassettes either play perfectly-
in which case they are in mint condition.
Or they don't, in which case their value is minimal.
Cassettes and CD inlays and booklets should be graded
in the same way as record covers and sleeves.

If we all use the same grading standards as everyone else
it means when you buy an item you KNOW what condition it is gonna be in!

Thanks for peepin' this here guide!
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