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Mint (M)

Vinyl

Absolutely perfect in every way. Certainly never been played, possibly even still sealed. Should be used sparingly as a grade, if at all.

CD

Perfect. No scuffs/scratches, unplayed - possibly still sealed.

Insert/Inlay/Booklet/Sleeve/Digipak: Perfect. No wear, marks, or any other imperfections - possibly still sealed.

Cassette

J-Card is crisp, clean and perfect in every way. Likely sealed. Cassette is brand new, and professionally produced. Used sparingly as a grade, should be free of even the slightest blemishes and/or defects. This grade should be used sparingly, if at all.

Near Mint (NM or M-)

Vinyl

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. Many dealers won't give a grade higher than this implying (perhaps correctly) that no record is ever truly perfect. The record should show no obvious signs of wear. A 45 RPM or EP sleeve should have no more than the most minor defects, such as any sign of slight handling. An LP cover should have no creases, folds, seam splits, cut-out holes, or other noticeable similar defects. The same should be true of any other inserts, such as posters, lyric sleeves, etc.

CD

Near perfect. No obvious signs of use, it may have been played - but it has been handled very carefully.

Insert/Inlay/Booklet/Sleeve/Digipak: Near Perfect. No obvious wear, it may have only the slightest of marks from handling.

Cassette

Sleeve should be totally crisp and clean with only the slightest evidence of handling. Tape is likely new, free of any wear or damage.

Very Good Plus (VG+)

Vinyl

Generally worth 50% of the Near Mint value. A Very Good Plus record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it. Defects should be more of a cosmetic nature, not affecting the actual playback as a whole. Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect one's listening experiences. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are "OK". The label may have some ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. Spindle marks may be present. Picture sleeves and inner sleeves will have some slight wear, slightly turned-up corners, or a slight seam split. An LP cover may have slight signs of wear, and may be marred by a cut-out hole, indentation, or cut corner. In general, if not for a couple of minor things wrong with it, this would be Near Mint.

CD

A few minor scuffs/scratches. This has been played, but handled with good care - and certainly not abused.

Insert/Inlay/Booklet/Sleeve/Digipak: Slight wear, marks, indentations, it may possibly have a cut-out hole (or similar).

Cassette

Sleeve has slight wear, marks, indentations, and/or may possibly have a cut-out hole (or similar). Tape has been taken very good care of and may have light marks or spindle wear. Should play cleanly with minimal noise or degradation.

Very Good (VG)

Vinyl

Generally worth 25% of Near Mint value. Many of the defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG disc. Surface noise will be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during a song's intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise. Groove wear will start to be noticeable, as with light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound. Labels may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers (or their residue) attached. The same will be true of picture sleeves or LP covers. However, it will not have all of these problems at the same time. Goldmine price guides with more than one price will list Very Good as the lowest price.

CD

Quite a few light scuffs/scratches, or several more-pronounced scratches. This has obviously been played, but not handled as carefully as a VG+.

Insert/Inlay/Booklet/Sleeve/Digipak: More wear, marks, indentations than a VG+. May have slight fading, a small tear/rip, or some writing.

Cassette

Sleeve will contain more wear, marks, and/or indentations than a VG+. May have slight fading, a small tear/rip, or some writing. Shell may have heavier marks and wear than VG including plastic discoloration. Should play with some stronger hiss or degradation, but not enough to overpower music.

Good (G), Good Plus (G+)

Vinyl

Generally worth 10-15% of the Near Mint value. A record in Good or Good Plus condition can be played through without skipping. But it will have significant surface noise, scratches, and visible groove wear. A cover or sleeve will have seam splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Tape, writing, ring wear, or other defects will be present. While the record will be playable without skipping, noticeable surface noise and "ticks" will almost certainly accompany the playback.

CD

There are a lot of scuffs/scratches. However it will still play through without problems. This has not been handled with much care at all.

Insert/Inlay/Booklet/Sleeve/Digipak: Well worn, marked, more obvious indentations, fading, writing, than a VG - possibly a more significant tear/rip.

Cassette

Sleeve will be well worn, marked, and contain obvious indentations, fading, and/or writing, more so than a VG grade - possibly a more significant tear/rip. Tape will have heavy wear on shell. Felt stopper may be missing. Tape may have minor creasing, but not broken. Must play through, may have heavier degradation that will overpower music.

Poor (P), Fair (F)

Vinyl

Generally worth 0-5% of the Near Mint price. The record is cracked, badly warped, and won't play through without skipping or repeating. The picture sleeve is water damaged, split on all three seams and heavily marred by wear and writing. The LP cover barely keeps the LP inside it. Inner sleeves are fully split, crinkled, and written upon.

CD

The CD may or may not play some or all of the tracks. See the seller's comments for details.

Insert/Inlay/Booklet/Sleeve/Digipak: Very worn. It may have obvious writing on it, it may be ripped/torn, or significantly faded, or water damaged.

Cassette

Sleeve will be torn, heavily stained, showing general heavy damage, or will be partially missing. Likewise, tape will be heavily damaged, showing complete fading on the face, crinkled tape, missing screws or teeth, staining, and other heavy wear. Cassette will more than likely not play through.

Standard Jewel Cases: Standard Jewel Cases are not graded as they are replaceable.

Generic

Within the context of grading items in the Discogs Marketplace, the term "generic" refers to a type of sleeve that is not specific to the release. A generic sleeve is either a plain sleeve or a company sleeve with standard company artwork. A sleeve that is graded as "generic" needs no further grading, as a generic sleeve generally adds little value to the item and can be easily replaced. Sellers can further specify a generic sleeve's condition in the “Item condition comment” field if needed. A seller can also note if the sleeve is a company sleeve in the “Item condition comment” field.

Mint (M)

Helt perfekt på alle måter. Har aldri blitt spilt, muligens enda forseglet. Bør brukes sparsomt som karakter, om i det hele tatt. Kun om platen er som rett fra butikken og har vært lagret stående sammen med andre plater.

Near Mint (NM)

En nesten perfekt plate. En NM-plate har mest sannsynlig aldri blitt spilt eller kun et par ganger, og vinylen vil spille perfekt under avspilling. Mange forhandlere vil ikke gi en karakter som er høyere enn dette, noe som antyder (kanskje riktig) at ingen plater noen gang virkelig er perfekte. Platen skal ikke vise noen tegn på slitasje. Omslag og innlegg skal ikke ha de minste feil, for eksempel noe tegn på håndtering. Et omslag skal ikke ha bretter, sprekker, hull eller andre synlige feil. Det samme bør være tilfelle for andre innlegg, for eksempel plakater, lyriske innlegg osv. Pakken må være komplett som solgt.

Excellent+ (EX+)

Generelt verdt omtrent 75% av NM-verdien. En nesten perfekt plate. Er kun spilt en håndfull ganger. Vanskelig å se visuelle feil på plate og cover. Alt av omslag, innlegg, plakater o.l. skal følge med og være i like god stand. Kan vise noen tegn på å være tatt ut og inn av cover noen ganger.

Excellent (EX)

Fortsatt en nesten perfekt plate. Er kun spilt noen få ganger. Vanskelig å se visuelle feil på plate og cover, men kan vise noen tegn på å være brukt. Spilles av uten hørebare feil.
Very good+ (VG+) Generelt verdt omtrent 50% av NM-verdien. En VG+ plate vil vise noen tegn på at den har blitt spilt og ellers håndtert av en tidligere eier som tok godt vare på den. Mangler bør være av mer kosmetisk ark og ikke påvirke selve avspillingen som helhet. Plateoverflater kan ha noen tegn på slitasje og kan ha svake skrammer eller veldig lette riper som ikke påvirker ens lytteopplevelse. Etiketten kan ha noe ringeslitasje eller misfarging, men den bør knapt merkes. Det kan være spindelmerker. Bildehylser og andre innlegg vil ha litt slitasje, svakt svingte hjørner eller svak brett. Et omslag kan ha svake tegn på slitasje og kan bli ødelagt av et utskåret hull, innrykk eller et kuttet hjørne. Generelt, hvis ikke for et par mindre ting som er galt med det, vil dette vært NM.

Very good (VG)

Generelt verdt 25% av NM-verdien. Mange av manglene som er funnet i en VG+ plate, vil bli mer uttalt på en VG-plate. Overflatestøy vil være tydelig ved avspilling, spesielt i myke passasjer og under en sangs intro og outro, men vil ikke overmanne musikken ellers. Groove wear vil begynne å bli merkbar, det samme med lette riper (dype nok til å føles med en negl) som vil påvirke lyden. Etiketter kan være ødelagt ved at eier har skrevet på eller satt på tape eller klistremerker (eller restene av disse). Det samme vil være tilfelle med bilder, innlegg eller andre ting som medfølger. Imidlertid vil det ikke ha alle disse problemene samtidig. Platen kan fint spilles av uten hopp eller repetisjoner.

Good (G)

Generelt verdt 10-15% av NM-verdien. En plate i god tilstand kan spilles gjennom uten at den hopper. Men det vil være betydelig overflatestøy, riper og synlig slitasje på sporene. Et deksel eller hylse vil ha sømdelinger, spesielt i bunnen eller på ryggraden. Tydelig slitasje eller andre feil vil være til stede. Mens plata vil være spillbar uten å hoppe over, vil merkbar overflatestøy nesten helt sikkert følge med avspillingen.

Fair(F)

Generelt verdt 0-5% av NM-prisen. Plata er sprukket, dårlig forvrengt, og vil ikke spille gjennom uten å hoppe over eller gjenta deler. Cover er vannskadet, delt på alle sømmer og sterkt ødelagt av slitasje. LP-dekselet holder knapt LP-en inne i den. Innlegg er helt borte, krøllete og kanskje skrevet på.

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