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PAYMENT

The Vinyl Frontier accepts payment by most debit and credit cards via Worldpay. We also accept Paypal. Our website is designed largely to receive payment by these methods.

However, we also accept payment by Bank Transfer and, if you live in the UK and wish to pay by cheque or Postal Order, that's fine too. We will gladly reserve any item for you pending receipt of payment. Cheques and Postal Orders should be made payable to The Vinyl Frontier Ltd.


DELIVERY POLICY & POSTAGE COSTS
 
Buyer pays all postage and packing charges for all items.
 
Aside from small memorabilia items such as button badges and stickers, all our items are sent using Royal Mail’s domestic Signed-For and International Tracked & Signed-For services. This provides security for the buyer and for us as sellers.
 
United Kingdom
 
Records: Albums, 12” and 10” Singles
 
£4.50 for up to to 2 kg in weight by Royal Mail 2nd Class Small Parcels Signed-For. Please contact us if you intend to purchase a large number of items and we can make arrangements accordingly.
 
7” Singles, CDs, Single DVDs
 
£2.50 for the first item rising to £5.00 for up to 2kg in weight by Royal Mail 2nd Class Large Letter/Small Parcels Signed-For
 
CD/DVD Box Sets, Books, Programmes, Magazines etc
 
£4.50 for up to to 2 kg in weight by Royal Mail 2nd Class Small Parcels Signed-For. Please contact us if you intend to purchase a large number of items and we can make arrangements accordingly.
 
Badges, Stickers etc
 
£1.50 for up to ten items by Royal Mail 2nd Class Standard.
 
Europe/Rest Of The World
 
We operate a weight-based postage & packing policy for overseas deliveries and each item is assigned a weight to allow for overall calculation of postage costs.
 
Shipping is by Royal Mail Large Letter or Small Parcels International Tracked & Signed-For Airmail and is calculated from £10.00 (up to 100g) to £26.00 (2kg). As a guide, a single LP record would generally be charged at £14.00.
 
Items falling within this policy include LP Records, 10” and 12” Singles, 7” Singles, CDs and CD Box Sets, DVDs/Blu-Ray  and Box Sets, Videos, Cassettes, , Books, Programmes, Magazines and other memorabilia.
 
Badges, Stickers etc
 
£5.00 for up to ten items by Royal Mail International Standard Large Letter Airmail.
THE VINYL FRONTIER GRADING SYSTEM
 
GRADING FOR RECORDS
 
Our system for grading records is based largely upon the premise of the Record Collector grading system – but we operate to far stricter standards. As record buyers ourselves, we do not want to receive something graded as “Good” when it is covered in scratches and the sleeve is torn virtually in half. That is NOT good. Our gradings hopefully reflect what we would like to receive as buyers. It means that “Good” genuinely is good and even “Fair” is more than acceptable.
 
The prices of all records listed reflect their condition. If a grading is not shown, please be assured that the record has been examined and priced accordingly.
 
Please note that all our items are graded media first, packaging etc second.
 
Mint
 
The record is in brand new and unplayed condition. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. A grading of Mint is only used when we are certain the record has never been played and it is clear that all packaging is complete and perfect. Records that are factory sealed will be taken as being in mint condition. However, that does not always apply to the outer packaging, which will be graded accordingly
 
Near- Mint
 
The record itself is in very much new condition. It may have been played a few times but has no visible marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in near-perfect condition.
 
Excellent
 
The record shows some small signs of having been played, but there is very little if any lessening of the sound quality. One or two very minor surface marks may be apparent to the naked eye but nothing of note. The cover and packaging will have very minimal wear and no noticeable creasing.
 
The use of Excellent+ and Excellent- will demonstrate an item that is very slightly above or very slightly below the standard of Excellent.
 
Very Good
 
It is clear that the record has been played but it has been well looked-after. There may be some visible but minor surface marks or blemishes and the odd very light scratch but there is no major deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any accompanying items may have a little light general wear but no major defects, tearing or creasing.
 
The use of Very Good+ and Very Good- will demonstrate an item that is very slightly above or very slightly below the standard of Very Good
 
Good
 
It is clear that the record has been played a number of times and the sound quality may have deteriorated slightly. There may be any number of generally light surface marks, blemishes, scuffing and very light scratches. The cover and contents may have some mild creases, scuffing, light discolouration, spine splits and even minor tearing at the edges but will remain in very presentable condition.
 
The use of Good+ and Good- will demonstrate an item that is very slightly above or very slightly below the standard of Good.
 
Fair
 
It is clear that the record has been played many times and there are a number of visible marks and noticeable scratches. There is some notable deterioration in sound quality but the record will still be listenable and would not generally be expected to jump. The cover and contents will be present but may have suffered some notable general wear, creasing/folding, some minor tearing or other damage. However, they will remain reasonably presentable.
 
The use of Fair+ and Fair- will demonstrate an item that is very slightly above the standard of Fair. We rarely sell records that we would consider worthy of a Fair- grading.
 
Poor & Bad
 
We do not sell records that we would consider worthy of a Poor or Bad grading. These are turned into coasters for use in our café, recycled in some other way or simply disposed of.
 
GRADING FOR CDs
 
Our grading for CDs uses the same general principles as for records and is based upon the visual appearance of the disc, packaging and case.
 
Unlike records, CDs are generally extremely resistant to scratches and will often play perfectly while looking absolutely terrible! However, that does not mean we will offer terrible looking CDs for sale. We won’t!
 
GRADING FOR CASSETTES
 
Once again, a common-sense approach is taken to grading cassettes, based on a visual inspection. Very often, direct print on the cassette shell will fade with use. This will be reflected in the grading and noted in any additional comments, even though the quality of the actual sound will not be affected in any way.
 
If you would like any more information about our grading systems, please do not hesitate to contact us.