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frequently asked questions

 

 

Can I send you an email attachment and what format do they need to be?

Yes, we can receive attachments in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and plain text files, in addition to image files in jpg and gif formats. If practical we often suggest pasting the contents into an email. Better still download our custom easy to complete form and send your list to us here.

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What is a catalogue and matrix number and where can I find them?

The catalogue number is generally found on either the sleeve spine, record or CD label and this helps identify in the case of an album with multiple pressings the issue we require. Matrix numbers are located on the dead area of the vinyl around the run off grooves or in the case of CD‘s on the inner centre on the front or reverse of the disc.

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Do you have a minimum purchase price?

Yes this is £20 before postage.

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What kind of items do you want?

The list below gives just a small indication of the rarities required.

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Do you buy bootlegs?

No we do not buy unofficial bootleg or counterfeit material regardless of artist or rarity.

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How do I receive payment?

All UK and USA payments are issued via company cheque within 72 hours of receipt with overseas purchases paid using the most economical and safest method.

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I do not want to sell but will you tell me how much it is worth?

No I am sorry we are not an information or valuation service and we will only make an offer based on the price we can pay for your item

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Why did you not want my item when I can see it is out of stock on the website?

There are a variety of reasons for this but it may depend on the condition of the items you have offered or that simply there are insufficient pieces that we can use, to make a purchase financially viable.

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What do you mean by Mint condition and how can I tell what condition my item is?

This is one of the most controversial areas of collecting vinyl with differing opinion as to what constitutes Mint. We use the generally accepted Record Collector guide to condition reproduced below. All text copyright Parker Publishing.


MINT   The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. Records advertised as Sealed or Unplayed should be Mint.
EXCELLENT   The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.
VERY GOOD   The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and the occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items, without any major defects, is acceptable.
GOOD   The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches. The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, discoloration, etc.
FAIR   The record is still just playable but has not been cared for properly and displays considerable surface noise; it may even jump. The cover and contents will be torn, stained and/or defaced.
POOR   The record will not play properly due to scratches, bad surface noise, etc. The cover and contents will be badly damaged or partly missing.
BAD   The record is unplayable or might even be broken, and is only of use as a collection-filler.
CDs & CASSETTES   As a general rule, CDs and cassettes either play perfectly - in which case they are in Mint condition - or they don't, in which case their value is minimal. Cassette tape is liable to deteriorate with age, even if it remains unplayed, so care should be taken when buying old tapes.CDs are difficult to grade visually: they can look perfect but actually be faulty, while in other cases they may appear damaged but still play perfectly. Cassette and CD inlays and booklets should be graded in the same way as record covers and sleeves. In general, the plastic containers for cassettes and CDs can easily be replaced if they are broken or scratched, but card covers and digipaks are subject to the same wear as record sleeves.

We will only buy items that are in at least excellent condition. We would obviously prefer items that are mint! Therefore, we generally do not require any records or CDs that have any of the following defects: Scratches, sleeve tears or creases, handwriting on labels or covers, sellotape or super glue repairs or damaged spines of covers. If you are unsure about an item you have please feel free to call us first to discuss, in some cases we will accept an item with minor defects if it is genuinely rare, although the price we will offer will reflect the condition. Again, please ask first before sending. We reserve the right to return any unwanted, unsolicited, damaged or counterfeit items sent in for purchase.

As a guide we have included a couple of pictures showing the sleeve in the kind of condition we are repeatedly offered, but cannot use (example 1, example 2, example 3) The only exceptions are with items that are of an extremely rare nature and should be discussed with the buyer.

The picture below shows the preferred condition (example 1, example 2)

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Will you visit me?

Yes if the size or quality of the collection makes a trip necessary but this would need to be discussed with a buyer first. If you are in the uk please check out the counties we currently visit here.

If you have any items you would like to sell or any further questions please use our Wanted Contact Us Form

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