ALL VINYL IS "VISUALLY GRADED," UNLESS SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED AS PLAY TESTED, PLEASE EXPECT AT A MINIMUM, LIGHT SURFACE NOISE, PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME ANYTHING THAT IS NOT LISTED IN THE DESCRIPTION, PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS,THANKS.
MY VINYL PLAYING SURFACE GUIDELINE: GRADING IS SUBJECTIVE.
I rarely list a record above VG+, I focus on felt marks, the kind that have a high chance of skipping or popping, I really try to stay away from these types of marks, but almost every record I sell is used, and will have some surface noise, these will be very playable and can be enjoyed, but please do not expect mint archival copies, this goes for the covers as well, look at photos and ask question if needed.
MINT: Only a sealed record will I list with this grade.
NEAR MINT: Almost perfect, a sleeve scuff or two per side only.
VG++: Very clean playing surface, Multiple sleeve scuffs per side only, or 1 other light needle mark per side without any scuffing, almost all of it's luster.
VG+: No felt marks, but multiple light marks and scuffs per side some luster loss.
VG: Still no felt marks, but moderate marks and scuffs, much more loss of luster, very playable.
VG MINUS: Felt marks and moderate other marks and scuffs, very little luster left, this type will be a more of a gamble.
GOOD: Worse than VG- and I would only list one if of extreme rarity, and usually dirt cheap.
RECORD COVER GRADING
VG+: To be safe, I won't grade higher than this on a cover. nice shape, but surely not near mint, I'll focus on splits, spine wear, ring wear, stickers, writing and cut out holes. should have no more than a few of these issues.
VG: May have most of the above, and more pronounced, but still not trashed.
VG MINUS: Really rough, will likely have all of the above.
On my bargain records, $5.99 and below, I pay most attention to the vinyl playing surface, covers will be generally VG, Expect a lesser condition cover, check photos and ask questions if you are stickler for pristine cover condition. typically on higher priced items, I try to let my photos do the talking, so please see photos, many times I will focus on specific issue with a cover.