I completely agree that VG+ should be such that you only notice if you pay attention to it. In my opinion the biggest problem is in the area between VG and VG+. After all VG is VERY good but it is often given optimistically to something which is not that great even though in the Discogs scale there is poor, fair, G, G+ and then VG. This means that often NM is given to something that is really VG+. VG+ is given to something that should be VG and so on. If NM was given only to something that has been played but is unsealed and sounds as good as you will expect from a new record you just bought. Then VG+ can have some minimal, barely heard imperfections and VG could be really nice and listenable but with some faults. Of course this will never happen but when I grade my records this is what I do. So when I sell something NM I put in the notes that it is "as new" so that hopefully the buyer knows that they are getting something that they will be happy to accept from a shop as a new and not a second hand record. Often people who buy from me something graded as VG+ they are happy because they are getting something that many others will call NM. I buy quite a lot from Japan and in my experience they generally think more like me. So when I buy from Japan I am more confident about buying VG+ and often it sounds like NM. I never buy a VG+ from any other country.