Grading LP Records

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Klapamos, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. Klapamos

    Klapamos Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    VA
    Hey all

    So I've been buying a lot of LP records on Ebay and have found that even some of sellers with good feedback don't grade accurately. I've purchased many "EX" records with multiole 3-6 inch surface scratches and lots of popping and cracking between songs, and a moderate amount during songs. I clean most records before playing them and use a static brush. IMO that would be a VG- or G+ grade, thoughts?
     
  2. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Location:
    Katy, TX
    EX isn't a grading I understand. I suppose it's supposed to be Near Mint or maybe VG++. No idea. I don't understand VG- either or even G+. One beater isn't better than another. Multiple long scratches are automatically a G. Lots of popping and crackles is further confirmation of a G grade. If it skipped, I would probably call it Poor.

    Here's the thing eBay doesn't have a standard unlike Discogs where the default is Gold Mine. You could give the seller a poor rating if you don't get a full refund. Personally, I ask questions about grading I don't understand. I want it documented.
     
  3. bad_penny

    bad_penny Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Brooklyn
    "Here's the thing eBay doesn't have a standard unlike Discogs where the default is Gold Mine. You could give the seller a poor rating if you don't get a full refund. Personally, I ask questions about grading I don't understand. I want it documented."

    There are plenty of Discogs sellers who don't know how to grade as well.
     
  4. krisjay

    krisjay Psychedelic Wanderer

    Location:
    Maine
    EX is not a grade in truth. I avoid any listing that uses that as a grading standard. I tend to only buy sealed vinyl from Ebay, and I don't use Ebay for vinyl often .
     
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  5. E.Baba

    E.Baba Forum Resident

    You're having a bad run there. It's happened to me too. Very annoying.
    EX does not mean scratched. Complain; a lot
     
  6. Klapamos

    Klapamos Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    VA
    Thanks for replys! I've been complaining to sellers regarding about 10% of my record purchases. Which is uncommon for me since I've never returned an item on Ebay in almost 20 years until staring to buy vinyl in the last few months.
     

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