CD Condition: Acceptable vs Good vs VG vs Like New

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  1. sjsanford

    sjsanford Forum Resident Thread Starter

    So Amazon and eBay use the condition categories of "Acceptable, Good, Very Good, and Like New". (Leaving aside "Brand New" here, as hopefully we all agree that's still sealed, unopened, etc.)

    What are your definitions of these terms, esp Acceptable, Good, and Very Good?
  2. Christian Hill

    Christian Hill It's all in the mind

    Poor, Fair, Good, VG, NM (adding a plus symbol or minus symbol occasionally)

    That's it. No Mint, ever. If it is sealed I just say that, it's sealed.
  3. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    On eBay, as a seller, I either use Like New, if the item is NM. If it's worse than NM, I don't select anything for that option at all, since I have a proper grading in my ad write up.

    When I buy on Amazon, I tend to only buy items listed as Like New. If they are listed as VG with a great price, I'll give it a shot. There's just too many variables at that level. :)
  4. stoopid

    stoopid Active Member

    Las Vegas, NV
    Acceptable -- should still play in most systems, but has visible scratches and is questionable whether it should even be resold. May not have booklet.
    Good -- a scratch or two, booklet has been opened a lot.
    Very Good -- perhaps a couple very tiny scuffs on the disc, booklet may have some creases.
    Like New -- basically an opened disc, but otherwise you wouldn't know it. Booklet and disc are mint.
  5. Jimi Bat

    Jimi Bat Forum Resident

    tx usa
    Acceptable = Looks like it's been through World War Two.
    Good = Looks like it's been through World War One.
    Very Good = Dog and cat have only played with it a few times.
    Like New = Roll the dice.
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  6. sjsanford

    sjsanford Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Clearly from the buyer’s perspective!
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  7. sjsanford

    sjsanford Forum Resident Thread Starter

    By the way, on the “buy side” here are my expectations. “Good” and “Acceptable” are total crapshoots.

    “Very Good” and above, I expect only cosmetic disc scratches at most, no cracks in case unless otherwise disclosed, and flawless ripping. I’ve always been able to successfully hold sellers to that standard, getting refunds or doing returns if they don’t.

    I’ve had some “Very Good” items on Amazon end up NM. And of course it occasionally goes the other way...
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  8. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Personal Survival Daily Record-Breaker

    Some Amazon sellers will have additional info describing the product. I'd recommend making the choice to buy from a 3rd-party seller based on their feedback. You can also ask questions to the seller prior to ordering and of course, you're covered by Amazon in case of problems.
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  9. Blue Gecko

    Blue Gecko Forum Resident

    Most of the rating systems encourage buffing. Buffing a CD and throwing in a new jewel case makes the CD falsely appear better that it is. Take a look at a CueTools report on some of these "highly rated" CDs.

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