Discogs ; my experience.

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Strat-Mangler, Jun 6, 2017.

  1. richbdd01

    richbdd01 Forum Resident

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    I think Near Mint is generally regarded as ‘Ex’. Some sellers do put more info in the description, as I would do.
     
  2. GentleSenator

    GentleSenator Forum Resident

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    Portland, OR
    "EX" isn't a serious grade.
     
  3. bug2362

    bug2362 Well-Known Member

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    Seattle, WA
    I have bought mostly cd’s through Discogs - have had a mostly very positive experience- I almost always ask a question about the matrix or catalog #
    Just to verify, because unlike EBay, there are no photos. Recently I bought the
    Neil Young Uk debut Lp from a European seller and was Very satisfied!
     
  4. Sprague Dawley

    Sprague Dawley Member

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    Sapporo, Japan
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  5. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

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    Toronto, Canada
    It is the grader is using the Record Collector UK Magazine grading guide. It's basically the equivalent of a VG+ from the Goldmine grading guide.

    However, a lot of sellers who use it are not using the Record Collector grading guide.
     
  6. GentleSenator

    GentleSenator Forum Resident

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    In my experience most people use EX because they know they'd never get away with NM, and VG+ has a certain stigma to it.
     
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  7. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

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    Toronto, Canada
    Yeah definitely. A true VG+ grade is a really good grade but most of the time I see VG+ it's way over graded when I compare it to the Goldmine grading guidelines. There are many times that I wish I could just go with a NM grade and hope for the best when I list records on eBay but I can't. I don't list that often so play grading them is possible for me and I try and do that to compensate for any stigma attached to the VG+ grade. I also like to add descriptions in addition to the letter grade.
     
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  8. Giacomo Belbo

    Giacomo Belbo Active Member

    Things I've learned:
    1) Always confirm matrix number & condition before shipping.
    2) There is a fair chance of over-grading that we have to live with (usually some compromise is better than shipping back).

    Vinyl is a lovely flawed medium unfortunately.
     
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  9. hvbias

    hvbias Forum Resident

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    Northeast
    Agreed on the true definition of VG+

    What I've found a bit odd is this forum's discrepancy with CD vs vinyl grading, where EX is part of the CD grading. EX does sound more palatable from a psychological standpoint. EX from the forum guidelines make it sound more like Goldmine VG++ adding to the confusion.
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2017
  10. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Location:
    Greater Vancouver
    This is exactly why there are strict guidelines regarding SH Forums grading. Goldmine is too confusing and really isn't a good CD grading platform. On Discogs and eBay, many times more often than not, I have been pleasantly surprised by receiving a SH Forums VG+-EX standard rather than a VG - VG+ result of a listed VG+ CD. Vinyl? Too scary.
     
  11. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    100% seller rating or I dont even think about it.
     
  12. GentleSenator

    GentleSenator Forum Resident

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    Portland, OR
    be careful with that. i've been burned by plenty of 100% sellers. it's all about context man.
     
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  13. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

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    Greater Vancouver
    I guess I'm more of a gambler than you. Instead, I read the Negative feedback simply because a lot of the time it's just impatient buyers expecting delivery sooner than their carrier provides. A lot of good sellers, speaking only from personal purchasing experience, get railroaded from a perfect record by this type of Negative feedback.
     
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  14. E.Baba

    E.Baba Forum Resident

    Getting a lot of over grades and no picture of actual item.
     
  15. murphywmm

    murphywmm Forum Resident

    It's a shame because there's some really good sellers on there; it's just that you can't know until you order from them. There is a Japanese seller I've ordered from a few times and he actually UNDER grades his records! So his VG+ is actually more like NM-. The only issue is that his stuff is really expensive. But if he has something I really want, it's worth it because I know I will get a great end product.
     
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