FAQ

General

Do you accept custom requests for a specific album?

Yes, please feel free to contact me and I'll check stock to see if a copy is available. Also, you can shop my other store on Etsy for more vintage titles. (Each shop is a separate entity, so orders cannot be combined.)

 

Shipping & Packaging

What are the shipping fees?

Orders are shipped within the United States via USPS Media Mail (generally 7-10 business days in transit). Order totals of $25 or more ship free. Orders of $24.99 or less are shipped at a flat rate of $5.00 per order. If you need to purchase upgraded shipping (ex: Priority Mail), the cost is calculated by shipping weight. Please contact me to learn more about upgrading to USPS Priority Mail (2-3 business days) prior to placing your order.

How will my order be shipped?

All records are placed in a poly sleeve, packaged carefully, and shipped via USPS in a sturdy mailer. Orders are shipped via USPS Media Mail (generally 7-10 business days in transit).

When will my order be shipped?

Orders are processed within 72 hours and ship Monday-Friday. Orders are shipped via USPS Media Mail (generally 7-10 business days in transit). Please use the tracking information provided to ensure timely delivery.

Do you offer expedited shipping options?

If you need your order delivered faster, please contact me to upgrade to USPS Priority Mail (2-3 business days) prior to placing your order. Note that USPS does not guarantee Priority Mail shipment time frames - they will only guarantee overnight shipments, which is cost prohibitive.

Do you ship internationally?

No, at this time, orders can only be shipped domestically (within the United States).

 

Returns

Do you accept returns?

Returns are accepted, but contact me within 5 days of delivery to request a return. Items must be shipped back within 21 days of delivery. 

Each record and sleeve is graded according the 'Vinyl Record Grading' parameters noted below (and in each item listing). Please review these carefully and ask any questions you may have prior to purchase.

What if my order is damaged in transit?

Please contact me within 5 days of delivery to notify me of the damage. In some cases, a replacement copy may be available. In other cases, a refund can be approved once proof of damage is submitted (this is required for insured packages).

What happens if my order is returned to the sender as 'undeliverable' or 'unclaimed'?

Orders that are unable to be delivered by the carrier (USPS) are returned to me (the sender). These orders can be re-shipped; however, the buyer is responsible for the additional shipping fees incurred to have the package delivered a second time. Please use the tracking information provided to ensure you receive your package in a timely manner. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Vinyl Record Grading

**Mint (M)
Absolutely perfect in every way. Certainly never been played, possibly even still sealed.

**Near Mint (NM or M-)
A nearly perfect record. The record should show no obvious signs of wear. A 45 RPM or EP sleeve should have no more than the most minor defects, such as almost invisible ring wear or other signs of slight handling. An LP cover should have no creases, cut-out holes, folds, seam splits or other noticeable similar defects. The same should be true of any other inserts, such as posters, lyric sleeves and the like.
Basically, an LP in near mint condition looks as if you just got it home from a new record store and removed the shrink wrap.

**Very Good Plus (VG+)
A Very Good Plus record will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it. Record surfaces may show some signs of wear and may have slight scuffs or very light scratches that don't affect one's listening experiences. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are "OK".
The label may have some ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. The center hole will not have been misshapen by repeated play. Picture sleeves and LP inner sleeves will have some slight wear, lightly turned up corners, or a slight seam split. An LP cover may have slight signs of wear and may be marred by a cut-out hole, indentation or corner indicating it was taken out of print and sold at a discount.
In general, if not for a couple things wrong with it, this would be Near Mint. Most collectors find a Very Good Plus record highly acceptable.

**Very Good (VG)
Many of the defects found in a VG+ record will be more pronounced in a VG record. Surface noise will be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during a song's intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise. Groove wear will start to be noticeable, as with light scratches (deep enough to feel with a fingernail) that will affect the sound.
Labels may be marred by writing, or have tape or stickers (or their residue) attached. The same will be true of picture sleeves or LP covers. However, it will not have all of these problems at the same time, only two or three of them.

**Good (G), Good Plus (G+)
Good does not mean Bad! A record in Good or Good Plus condition can be put onto a turntable and will play through without skipping. But it will have significant surface noise and scratches and visible groove wear.
A cover or sleeve will have seam splits, especially at the bottom or on the spine. Tape, writing, ring wear or other defects will start to overwhelm the object.

**Poor (P), Fair (F)

The record is cracked, badly warped, and won't play through without skipping or repeating. The picture sleeve is water damaged, split on all three seams and heavily marred by wear and writing. The LP cover barely keeps the LP inside it. Inner sleeves are fully seam split, crinkled, and written upon.
Except for impossibly rare records otherwise unattainable, records in this condition will not be found in my shop.

Other Considerations

A separate grade is assigned to the record and it's sleeve or cover. In each listing, a record's grade is listed first, followed by that of the sleeve or the cover.