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Re: If only everyone spent ages grading vinyl like that...
Posted by J Harris on June 16, 2001 at 00:06:04:
There are reputable dealers out there who do indeed spend time grading vinyl like this. Play-grading is VERY rare (except to check a possible visual flaw to see if it is significant), but really, the visual grading I outlined above takes about 15-30 seconds for an experienced dealer or collector.
As for condition, I buy on ebay and from mail order dealers all the tiem. You rapidly get to know who's careful and who's not, and it's the former who get my business. You also learn to "read between the lines" and figure out what you will be getting.
With few exceptions, I do not get burned buying online using the seller's grading descriptions. As I said, if you get a seller who says something is VG+(++), or "VG but plays clean all the way through", or worst of all, "record looks great considering its age".... well, you'll get what you pay for!