Site Record Grading System Plus Common Abbreviations
M- As good as it gets, practically an untouched record that plays as if it were brand new store stock
VG++The odd barely discernible surface mark or minor blemish, nothing that will affect play in any way.
VG+ A few more marks or light scuffs than a VG++ record but still sounds fine for listening and/or DJing. No scratches.Light surface wear. A used but far from abused copy.
VG Scuffs and light scratches throughout, most can't be felt. Expect some surface wear throughout the record with light surface noise and possibly a few pops in places. Should still serve as a suitable player copy for listening & DJing.
VG- The record may have some scratches that will be deep enough to feel. Audible clicks and pops are likely consistent throughout the grooves.Expect noticeable noise throughout, NO SKIPS though.
G A record that has been played and not taken care of. Constant background noise will be present. NO SKIPS but such records are the lowest grade likely to still serve as a cheap filler copy for those in need
In addition it is recommended that any label blemishes such as tears, stickers,writing are also listed alongside vinyl condition and where appropriate a play grade is stated if it does not correspond with the visual grade, such as cue burn or styrene hiss.
And of course that both sides of the record are taken into consideration.