New vinyl is normally sealed but there are a few titles being pressed in Germany that do not come sealed. The manufacture has decided to not seal the records to help prevent warping.
USED VINYL CONDITION
All used vinyl is in NM- condition and covers range from NM to showing signs of normal wear for the age. Exceptions are noted in the listing. All records are visually graded.
1. NEAR MINT (NM) The record should show no obvious signs of wear. 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.
2. NEAR MINT MINUS (NM-) The record will show some signs that it was played and handled by a previous owner who took good care of it. There should be no obvious defects (Scratches/Warps).
3. VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) The 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". In general, if not for a couple things wrong with it, this would be Near Mint. Most collectors will find a VG+ record highly acceptable.
4. VG- to VG+These are the records that don't meet the above standards when we examined them. The difference between a VG- and VG+ record is whether the flaws are audible. This is impossible to assess when you visually grade a record. These record generally look like they will play through but there might be scratches or scuffs that are audible. Covers may show more than normal signs of wear. The price reflects the condition.