Used Vinyl Grading

Used Vinyl Grading - Japanese Imports uses the following grading system for our Used Japanese Import Vinyl. We only carry vinyl that receives a grade of at least Very Good Plus (VG+) and includes the original OBI Strip with the record. We grade the media, cover, and OBI Strip. Most items we carry will fall into the Very Good Plus (VG+) grading.

The grading standard is as follows:

Like New (M-)

M- is the grade given for a completely new, unplayed record. This grade is generally given to items in factory-sealed/new condition but acquired second-hand. We rarely use this grading.

Excellent (EX)

EX is the grade for a record that is close to perfect condition. This grade generally describes an item that may have been played/handled several times but is close to new condition.

There are virtually no signs of handling on the cover/obi and no visible defects. The Excellent rating is the highest grading generally given to second-hand items.

Please check the listing for available accessories and item photos. If there are issues of note, they will be described in the listing. For example: "Jacket corner bend," retail price tag, cutout, writing, sticker, etc.

Very Good Plus (VG+)

A second-hand item that has been carefully handled. Defects are naturally formed during handling, and there is no problem related to playback.

  • Disc: There may be rubbing when taking out the record, marks on the surface, minor scratches, slight stains, warpage, etc., but it does not affect playback.
  • Label: Spindle rubbing, thin circular marks (ring wear) may be seen but are not readily noticeable.
  • Cover: Light signs of handling, bent corners, small tears at the jacket joints, etc.

How we ship your vinyl purchase:

After the initial inspection, we remove the vinyl record from the liners it arrived in, professionally clean, and place it in a new liner for shipping; this allows no further damage to the original liner or covers during transport.