Scratched records are worthless

4 tips for selling records

Sell ​​parts of the record collection? Who is doing that, please?
Right, completely absurd thing. So let's end the article here and let the topic be simple.
Well, let's try to give us a few tips on how to do it Sell ​​records to let.

Do not confuse the ideal value with the true value

Do you have Michael Jackson thrillers in absolutely top condition in your collection? Then it will probably be worth a lot
Due to the good condition, the value can certainly increase, but one must also consider what is particularly valued by this LP four hundred billion copies likely to have been sold. And of this huge amount there are certainly at least several thousand copies in perfect condition somewhere on this globe, which are also slumbering in some record collection. The good condition certainly increases the value, but the purely theoretically available quantity reduces the value again.

The thing with the value should therefore be viewed realistically and soberly and your own idea of ​​the value should only play a subordinate role in pricing.

Assess the condition of the records honestly and fairly

Records are sensitive. And the better they are preserved, the higher their value in general. Before the Internet, records could be sold at flea markets and record markets. EBay in particular then lifted trade to a completely different level around the turn of the millennium.

The problem with this is that if the buyer can get an impression of the condition of the record himself on the record exchange, he has to trust the seller almost blindly when buying over the Internet.
In order, as the seller, to give the buyer as precise an indication as possible of the condition of the record, the following table and infographic helps to classify the current condition of the record as precisely as possible.

Rating table and infographic

descriptionAbbreviationFor LPFor the cover
Still sealedSSCover and LP are in their original packaging and still shrink-wrapped-
MintM.The record is new and unrecordedThe cover shows no signs of wear and tear
Near MintNMThe record has rarely been played and is like newThe cover also shows very little to no signs of use
Very Good +VG +The record has minor scratches, but these are not noticeable when playingThe cover has slight signs of wear
Very goodVGThe record has been played many times and has scratchesYou can see the use of the cover, but it is undamaged
GoodGThe LP has clear scratches with restrictions when playing. It can also no longer be completely flat due to incorrect storageThe cover is severely damaged or very dirty
Fail / PoorF / PThe record is in poor conditionThe cover is badly damaged and tattered

Record rating infographic

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Add pictures to the offer

At this point the saying simply has to come: A picture is worth a thousand words!

This is of course also the case with records. Because if you see what you want to buy, you can be convinced more quickly.
And: a lot helps a lot. Photos of the front and back of the cover and the LP are important and give the buyer the opportunity to get a first impression of the LP at least visually.
If there are really rough scratches on the LP or major damage to the cover, detailed photos cannot do any harm. Yes, taking pictures is always associated with effort, but in most cases it is worthwhile because the number of inquiries about the offer drops significantly.

Pack records properly

The final hurdle in selling records is shipping. Sure, transport damage and missing parcels can always occur with any parcel service. Not much can be done about missing parcels, but you can do about transport damage.

Records are sensitive and nothing is more annoying if the precious discs, including the cover, are damaged during shipping. First of all, the cover always suffers in the four places where there are no records, i.e. the corners. That is why stable packaging is an absolute must!

If you only sell one or a few records and want to use existing materials, use sturdy cardboard. Wrap the LP including cover in a thin bubble wrap and place it on the box. The box should be big enough to really enclose the plate completely. Then fold the box around the record.

This inevitably results in an opening on the sides. This is not a problem, however, as long as these openings are well sealed with adhesive tape. Speaking of adhesive tape: Do not take the small roll of scotch tape from your office supplies, but the large package adhesive tape.

If there is a larger sales campaign, it is sometimes worthwhile to purchase special record shipping boxes. There are different ones Sizes for 1-3 LPs, 10 LPs or up to 25 pieces.

Send records as consignments

A very special trick to save postage is that Shipping box for shipments of goods. Normally, a record is too big in size to pass through as a consignment at the post office. That is why a box is used here, in which a record can be placed across and fixed by closing the box.
The shipment of goods is cheap, but cannot be tracked or insured like a parcel. In addition, the risk of damage in transit is significantly higher here, even if the shipment is technically transported by light mail. But the Otto catalogs will too ...
We therefore recommend that you clarify the shipment as a consignment with the buyer in advance.