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I am a private individual, not a professional dealer or business. I do not offer any
warranty or right of exchange of any kind. If you buy anything from me, you are
agreeing with these terms.
I am a reasonable person with many years experience buying, selling & trading records, and I've dealt with 100s of people over the past 20+ years. I've run into the occasional rip-off a*hole (or fruitcake) but 99.9% of people I've dealt with have been honest (some have perhaps been a little too enthusiastic about using a M- grade!) and I've had no complaints about the condition of my records either.
All items are graded (sleeve/record) using Record Collector magazine's grading system. As their site no longer seems to reproduce this system anywhere, I include it here. All records have been played (no visual gradings) with the exception of some New items. Anyone picking up a copy of Record Collector now probably wonders why it's not called Q or Mojo, but there was a time it was indispensible, like a print version of ebay with well researched articles to boot!)
Record Collector Rare Price Guide Grading System In order to assist everyone who buys and sells rare discs, Record Collector magazine has originated a set of standards for the condition of second-hand records, cassettes and CDs. Anyone buying or selling records through the magazine must use our conditions to state what amount of wear and tear the disc, its sleeve and/or contents have been subject to. The seven standard condition categories, and a description of what each one means, are listed below (together with their Goldmine equivalents, more-or-less): MINT: The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. Records advertised as Sealed or Unplayed should be Mint. Goldmine equivalent: M EXCELLENT: 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. Goldmine equivalent: NM VERY GOOD: 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. Goldmine equivalent: VG+ to VG++ GOOD: 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. Goldmine equivalent: VG- FAIR: 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. Goldmine equivalent: G+ POOR: The record will not play properly due to scratches, bad surface noise, etc. The cover and contents will be badly damaged or partly missing. Goldmine equivalent: G or F+ BAD: The record is unplayable or might even be broken, and is only of use as a collection-filler. Goldmine equivalent: P CDs & Cassettes: As a general rule, CDs and cassettes either play perfectly - in which case they are in Mint condition - or they don't, in which case their value is minimal. Cassette tape is liable to deteriorate with age, even if it remains unplayed, so care should be taken when buying old tapes. CDs are difficult to grade visually: they can look perfect but actually be faulty, while in other cases they may appear damaged but still play perfectly. Cassette and CD inlays and booklets should be graded in the same way as record covers and sleeves. In general, the plastic containers for cassettes and CDs can easily be replaced if they are broken or scratched, but card covers and digipaks are subject to the same wear as record sleeves.
Additional Note on the grading of CD covers housed in jewelcases with non-transparent trays:
My grading of CD covers is restricted to their exterior appearance only, i.e. to the CD booklet and to the printed side of the CD inlay. I do not remove non-transparent CD trays to check if there is anything on the reverse, non-printed side side of the CD inlay. This side is only visible if you physically remove the non-transparent CD tray. Otherwise, it is completely invisible. My grading does not include any issues with the non-printed side of the CD inlay. I do not have time to open every CD tray to see whats there -- life is too short.
I use the usual abbreviations for describing records.
If anything is unclear, simply ask me for further details.
Scans of record covers, etc, are available on request.
|co||cutout (see note below)|
|cc||cut corner (a type of cutout)|
|dh||drill-hole (a type of cutout)|
|fc / bc / foc||front cover / back cover / fold-out cover (i.e. gatefold)|
|ew / rw||edgewear / ringwear|
|(s) soc/sobc||(small) sticker on cover/back cover|
|(s) toc/tobc||(small) tear on cover/back cover|
|woc/wobc||writing on cover/back cover|
|tss / bss / sss||top / bottom / side seam splits|
|nap||not affecting play|
|v/a||various artists (compilation)|
|||means 500 copies pressed|
|[#333/500]||means this is a numbered copy of an edition of 500|
A cutout is an LP which has been physically marked in some way, usually with a punch-hole, drill-hole, a clipped corner, or a vertical or horizontal saw cut in the cover. This marks the LP in question as non-returnable. Most new albums were sent from distributors to retail chains on a sale-or-return basis, i.e. unsold stock could be returned to the distributor. When the label or distributor discounted the price of slow selling or deleted titles, they were no longer returnable. To distinguish them from the returnable LPs, they adopted the practice of cutouts. Cutouts have nothing to do with customs officials or any of the other fairy tales you hear from some dealers.
|LP||long playing vinyl record (album)|
|12"||single or EP on 12" vinyl format|
|7"||single or EP on 7" vinyl format|
|CD||compact disc (album)|
|CDS||compact disc single (normal 5" size)|
|CD3||compact disc single (small 3" size)|
|K7||cassette tape (from the French "Ka Sept")|
BID or OFFERS means
you are invited to make me an offer for this item. There is no ebay-like auction and there
is no end date. Just email me your best offer for the item in question.
Usually these BID items are vastly expensive items or they are specialist items which are either under-valued or not mentioned at all in current price guides. If you send me an email asking me to suggest a price, I will ignore it. If you send me an email with a bid that is too low, I will send you a reply letting you know. If you wish to trade, then tell me your trade value offer and please make sure your trade list is PRICED.
CONTACT ME FOR A SHIPPING QUOTE
Prices go up every year.
Shipping classifications change every year.
The post office renames itself every year.
Service deteriorates every year.
The CEO salary of whatever the post office is currently called goes up every year.
The customer gets well and truly fucked over every year. Enjoying it yet?
Zijn wij in Nederland simpelweg niet in staat de privatisering van een bedrijf of markt segment goed te regelen? Gas, elektro, UPC, post bedrijven, telecom bedrijven, enz, het is allemaal shit. Wie wil de PTT terug?
2012 Update: As far as I can tell, the same sorry state of affairs introduced on the 1st of January 2011 still applies, i.e. it costs the same to send 1 LP as it does to send 6-7 LPs. The minimum weight from a package of LP-size dimensions is 2kg. If you're lucky enough to live outside Europe, you'll pay a small fortune in shipping costs.
The current extortionate postal rates can be found on their very own website which is also available in English: www.postnl.nl
+ IMPORTANT + PLEASE READ + IMPORATANT + PLEASE READ +
I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOST OR DAMAGED PACKAGES.
IF YOUR PACKAGE IS LOST OR DAMAGED, THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO
except PACKAGES SENT BY REGISTERED MAIL, WHICH CAN BE TRACED.
IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THIS, THEN REQUEST REGISTERED MAIL
(AND POSSIBLY INSURANCE).
I should probably give all this up and go back to selling at record fairs only. It is not worth the hassle anymore.
There is no explicit charge for packaging. Instead I round up any totals to the nearest euro.
Here's a brief description of how I send out items. If you are sending me something as part of a trade, I expect you to follow these simple packaging guidelines, which are designed to avoid problems like split seams (the horror!) and water damage:
LP/12" vinyl is generally packaged as follows:
This sealed bag is then placed inside the mailing envelope with cardboard stiffeners where appropriate.
I usually use mailing envelopes specifically designed for LPs. I recycle them as long as they are still
strong and robust.
7" vinyl is packaged as follows: as 7inch records tend not to have inners. This is usually not a problem as singles have flat sleeves rather than LP-style box sleeves (i.e. with a spine). So split seams are less of a risk. However, if the PS is thin paper, or it seems in any way vulnerable to split seams, then I will supply a plain white sleeve and send the vinyl + PS the same way as described above for LPs.
Note that I will use my judgement on how much packaging to use and this will include keeping an eye on the overall weight of the package to minimise postage costs. If you wish to have extra packaging, then please request it but remember that you may incur extra postage costs.
For customers outside the EU, I always fill in a low value (max 5 USD per item) on Customs declarations. Obviously I cannot do this if you request insurance.
I'm a collector and I am always interested in trading. I prefer to trade items of similar rarity 1-for-1
rather than do value based trades. This means
I'm unlikely to accept 5x €20 LPs in exchange for a €100 LP.
Secondly, prices are only a guide for trading, they are not the last word.
The prices on this website are not trade values. My records are priced to SELL FOR CASH.
As I tend to price my records on the low side, usually below book value,
I reserve the right to adjust these prices after I've had a look at your trade list,
especially if I find you use strict price guide values.
Here are my current wants.
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