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In Reply to: My List posted by photomensch on August 10, 2002 at 08:20:14:
. . .was whether you've listened to that title and whether it's not to your liking. I've been thinking about getting it--came close several times. Many here have had good things to say about it.
In record collector lingo a mint condition record is visually perfect and should be audibly perfect as well, although most dealers grade visually. If you get a visually graded mint record and it has a flaw like a scratch, a reputable dealer will take it back, because it really was not mint.
A mint condition cover has no wear, no fraying at the corners, etc.
If it is unopened it will be listed as such. This is not really a higher category than mint. In fact, an unopened record could turn out to be warped, which, if it has been visually determined to be mint, you know it is not.
As always, very erudite.
See the link I have included. These are the grades used by the big collector's magazines Record Collector and Goldmine and almost all dealers use these. A sealed record is presumed to be mint- if you open it and it isn't, you can go back and see if the dealer will do something for you- he really doesn't need to because he sold it as sealed, not mint. But a good dealer would.
Now all of this applies to LPs. But the same system is used for CDs although it is a simpler situation. A CD does not wear through playing, so if the owner doesn't put fingerprints on it, it can remain looking and sounding brand new indefinitely- which is mint condition.
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