If you buy a record from me (or most other sellers on eBay UK), you will most likely see that it has been rated according to Record Collector magazine's grading system.
If you are unfamiliar with this system, it is as follows:
Mint (M) - Mint condition. Brand new with no surface marks and perfect sound quality. Cover and supplements are all in perfect condition.
Near Mint (NM) - Almost as above. Looks new, with no obvious marks on the surface, and no deterioration in sound quality. Should be difficult to tell that it has been played. Cover and supplements are all in perfect condition
Excellent (EX) - Noticeable that the record has been played, very little change in sound quality. Cover and supplements may be worn.
Very Good (VG) - Obvious that the record has been played well, with the occasional mark or scratch, but with no major loss of sound quality. Cover and supplements subject to normal wear and tear.
Good (G) - Record has been played such that the sound quality has deteriorated noticeably, possibly some distortion. Mild scratches. Cover and supplements may be folded, torn, scuffed, discoloured, or not present at all.
Fair (F) - Just about playable, but has not been properly cared for and may show surface noise. It could jump. Cover and supplements will be in bad condition, missing, or deface.
Poor (P) - Will be difficult to listen to due to large scratches and marks. Cover and supplements will be very tatty or missing.
Record Grading System
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11 June 2008
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