How to order, etc...
I can't be bothered to list all these lovely things on eBay (because eBay takes my lovely money for the privilege, even if no-one buys whatever it is). This means that there are no sophisticated systems in place to ask questions about items and how much postage is, etc. Instead, we'll have to interact as real people and not as widgets, or whatever. It also means no mark-up to cover eBay costs.
How to order
- Here's the deal. I'll keep the lists as up-to-date as I can (i.e. delete stuff as soon as it's no longer available and add new stuff as and when I come across it in yet another forgotten box). So what you need to do is to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve. It's first come, first served - the first email gets the item.
- If you're in the UK, then I can accept payment by cheque (made payable to M. C. Jones), otherwise it's PayPal only.
Postage and packing
- Postage/packing will be at cost (packaging recycled where possible, to keep costs down). I'll work it out and invoice you via PayPal for the full amount once your order is confirmed (i.e. once I've said it's still available and you've confirmed that you want it). There are a few countries that I refuse to post to (if you're in one of these, you can probably guess which already). Rare or expensive items will be sent as recorded delivery, special delivery or whatever service looks best to get the thing there and in one piece.
First off, what do I mean when I say that a CD inlay has a dink or dinkmarks? This is where the inlay has been put back into the outercase but over the top of one or more of the plastic holding 'flaps' rather than underneath. When closed, this causes a semi-circular dent in the inlay. Side dinks are similar, in that these are caused by the two small plastic prongs that are supposed to hold the inlay in place. these often dig into the opening edge of the inlay leaving marks.
Note that normal, plastic CD cases are discounted from grading based on the fact that a case is easily replaceable. So, a mint CD can come in a damaged case and still be described as mint.
- Mint (M) in terms of CDs and cassettes means that the item plays as new, which means that CDs can have light marks or fingerprints on the surface and still be described as M. If there are noticeable marks, then this will be mentioned in the item description. In terms of the inlay booklet or any other packaging, M is used only where the item looks to have no defects, creases, dinks, etc. In terms of vinyl records, I'll only ever call something mint if it is new, unplayed and (most likely) still sealed.
- Excellent (EX) means that the item looks to be near new but may have some light marks, such as some light side dinks or some very light shelf-wear. In terms of vinyl records, even if it looks to be in as new condition, I'll generally describe it as EX. An EX record may have a few odd pops here and there, but this probably to do with detritus in the grooves and a good clean will often sort this out. EX sleeves on non-new vinyl records are quite rare, really! I generally find that most people's EX sleeves are really VG - see below!
- Very Good (VG) means just that - very good. Effectively, it is a fine line between EX and VG and VG may be used because there is something like an obvious crease or dink in the inlay, but otherwise, is in nice condition. In terms of vinyl, a VG record will play quite nicely, but may have occasional light background noise and some light repeating pops, though not obtrusively though. Sleeves are likely to have obvious shelf wear or a couple of light creases. Most record sleeves (even if well looked after all their lives) generally fit into this grading if we're being truthful about things (which I'll try to be at all times).
- Good (G) means that there may be a bit more obvious sign of wear and tear. More usually, it may be that outer boxes have a bit more shelf wear and are more likely to be G or VG, whilst maintaining the rest of the contents in much better condition. In terms of vinyl, a good record will still play well enough, but expect it to go click a fair bit. Generally, this will mean a decent enough collection filler until that mint copy comes along.
- Anything lower than G will generally only be listed because it is rare or an oddity and the description will make clear both the extent of any damage and the reason why it's still being listed (this is more to do with vinyl records - it's unlikely that anything in terms of CDs will be any worse than G or VG).
So, what are all these items for sale? Are you a business, or something?
Well, most of these items were part of my collection, from back in the days when I used to buy absolutely everything by artists I liked, no matter if I already had the music or even if it was the one I didn't really like very much. Many are items that I bought to help with research into one or other of my discographies. I've never been particularly good at getting rid of stuff once it's in the house. Well, here I am with no day job and some time on my hands...and a lot of boxes full of stuff that I haven't, in some cases, seen for years.
It's de-clutter time. Best to do it whilst I'm still alive, I thought. And It's that or write another Tabitha Miggins book...