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ABBREVIATIONS USED ON THIS WEBSITE
NEW OLD STORE STOCK = Literally as stated. Vintage records from years gone by that are known to be basically 'as new', old warehouse stock for example. Any downgrading of the cover for any reason will be described.
MINT = New, sealed or known to be unplayed. Even sealed records can also NOT grade as mint, if the cover has damage for example. We rarely use this term and if we do you can count on it. Mint means mint, look it up in your dictionary for a proper defintion, not on UK Ebay....
M- (mint-minus) = Generally our top grade for opened records, like new.
VG++ = Few if any and purely unobtrusive & superficial marks, very slight minor cover wear described. Precious little if any sort of surface noise. Our VG++ is what most most dealers call MINT...
VG+ = A few visible light marks, light wear, might have a slight bit of surface noise but nothing that seriously detracts, obviously not perfect but still desirable
VG = This has ben played quite a bit and probably not been given the best of care. Still plays OK and sounds good if a bit of surface noise doesn't bother you. Will have visible defects such as scuffs, hairlines, etc, cover will have defects, wear and/or other issues. Yes, still worth having but probably until a nicer one comes along. VG records & covers will be described in great detail so there are no surprises.
VG- (VG minus) = The slippery slope between an acceptable item and one you can only accept as a slot filler without feeling bad about it. Some ultra rare records are worth keeping even at this grade. Obvious wear issues. Still plays but it'll be noisy.
G (G+, G-) = A record will have to be extremely rare for us to bother with anything at this grade level. Overall worn playing surfaces, lots of scuffs & scratches, not pretty, quite noticeable surface noise & might even skip, writing, cover splits, label/cover wear, etc. "G" category records are sold strictly "AS-IS"
Key of Commonly Used Abbreviations
ss = still sealed
cc = cut corner (factory deletion)
toc/tos/tol = tape on cover/sleeve/label
xoc/xos/xol = marks on cover/sleeve/label
cop = cut out punch on cover/sleeve
dh = drill hole
prh = Promo hole
woc/wos/wol = writing on cover/sleeve/label
wobkc/wobks = writing on back cover/sleeve only
rstoc/rstos/rstol = rubber stamp on cover/sleeve/label
prstoc/prstos/prstol = promo stamp (rubber or embossed) on cover/sleeve/label
pstoc/pstos/pstol = promo or timing sticker on cover/sleeve/label
stn = stain
stoc/stos/stol = sticker on cover/sleeve/label
tic/tis/til = tear in cover/sleeve/label
sh - staple holes in sleeve or cover
sms = seam split
slv = sleeve
lbl = label
ps/pc = picture sleeve/cover
ts/tc = title sleeve/cover
as/ac = art sleeve cover
l/s = long version/short version
m/s = mono/stereo
M & I = music and interview
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