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Mint (M) – The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. Absolutely perfect in every way. Never been played and usually sealed. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. Records marked as Sealed or Unplayed should be Mint.
Near Mint (NM) – The record has been on a shelf between other records. The vinyl looks glossy and clearly has only been played a few times. There are no marks on the vinyl and the whole package is complete.
Excellent (E) – 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.
Very Good Plus (VG+) – A few further faults are acceptable, but nothing that really compromises the record visually or audibly. A little rub, light inaudible marks, a little background crackle.
Very Good (VG) – 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. You can still listen to it and enjoy looking at it, but it is visually and audibly used. It’s seen a bit of life, but is still usable. Light pops and clicks, an edge split, light visible scratches. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items, without any major defects is acceptable.
Good (G) – 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, discolouration…
Fair (F) - The record is still just playable but 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. Expect major noise issues, skipping or repeating.
Poor (P) - The record will not play properly due to scratched, bad surface noise, etc. The record itself is cracked, badly warped and has deep scratches. The cover and contents will be badly damaged or partly missing.