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If I buy a record from you, I will generally ask you to double check the condition of the records I've ordered from you before shipping, regardless of your stellar ratings and feedback. Don't be offended, it's not personal.

What’s wrong with this record?


SELLER PET PEEVES:
--- Listing a record as “NM”, but then describing it as a “strong VG+”. So lame and not for me. Though, I have been known to buy a record listed as “VG+” and described as being better.
--- Listing a record for sale that you no longer have, already sold, or can’t find. OMG this happens more than it reasonably should. I know you have a retail store, but maybe track your inventory and delist what you sell.
--- Well intentioned record cleaning that leaves a residue or other damaging attributes. I’ve cleaned something blue (windex?) from records more than once, and something else that I’m certain was Armor All (gummed up gunk on the stylus). Sometimes its just too much record cleaner that dries and results in a hissy static. Rinsing after cleaning with distilled water helps (even with your fancy ass cleaning machines). But I’d ask ya not to use a wet cleaner if ya don’t have to, please.
--- Do ya all know what a NM record is? Some seriously some ‘wishful condition’ issues with some sellers; for reference “a nearly perfect record. A NM or M- record has more than likely never been played, and the vinyl will play perfectly, with no imperfections during playback…The record should show no obvious signs of wear”. Some sellers seem to grade on a curve; “well, for a 50 year old record it’s as NM as you’re gonna get”. Really?
--- Why are some sellers so averse to questions? Because most sellers don’t respond timely questions before ordering, I likely will ask my questions when the order is placed.

UNDERATED


Now, I buy records and I buy records,
I’m goin’ out and buyin’ more records,
and I buy more records,
I pay for them,
I blow one, fives and I blow tens,
My budget bends.
― Andy Pratt, Records + Records

“Is it wrong, wanting to be at home with your record collection? It's not like collecting records is like collecting stamps, or beermats, or antique thimbles. There's a whole world in here, a nicer, dirtier, more violent, more peaceful, more colorful, sleazier, more dangerous, more loving world than the world I live in; there is history, and geography, and poetry, and countless other things I should have studied at school, including music.”
― Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

Ya don’t have a first US pressing unless it looks like this (no Vanda & Young production credit or "℗ 1976 J. Albert & Sons (Pty) Ltd)")


YEAH SO?

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