My last word on this issue so as to not divert away from the main thread topic but I think one problem with used LP sellers is the utterly worthless Record Collector Grading System they all seem to lazily refer to, as though this gives them an excuse to blame someone else for woefully inaccurate grading. But let's look at this a bit closer for a minute. What does "a little lessening in sound quality" really mean? Call it ambiguous or misleading but it could be anything: distortion, muddy playback, crackle, surface noise, regular clicks etc. However, that's just a small part of the story. In my own personal experience none of the retailers have looked very closely at the vinyl and sleeves anyway. Scratched records usually reveal themselves to me within seconds of me slipping them out of the sleeves. I'm not examining them at length under a tungsten lamp either, just a quick glance over in normal daylight. So what is the excuse of these sellers sending scratched LP's graded as NM? Arrogance? I'm sure a lot of them simply (over)grade everything as NM and hope for the best, knowing that a) some actually might be and b) the customer might not look at the LP / play the LP and / or complain anyway. Some people are very easily pleased. I can document this fact with plenty of hard evidence. I never understood those who do not get what they pay for and elect to keep quiet. I'm with you, Matt, I'm a pretty finicky so 'n' so! I will try out recordsbymail.com if international shipping costs are not too high. To be fair, most of my purchases have been from UK based sellers so maybe it is more of a UK problem than a wider problem?