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Condition guidelines: Music

New and Used

Music formats include vinyl, magnetic tape, and disc.

If you are listing a club edition against the detail page for the standard edition, use the listing comments to indicate that your item is a club edition. For more about listing club editions, see the exception under Matching product offers inaccurately in Prohibited Seller Activities and Actions.

CDs and cassettes must be sold with a protective jewel or cassette case. You may substitute newer packaging when a jewel or cassette case is damaged, but you may not substitute copied cover art or liner notes for the originals.

In addition to the general condition guidelines, the following guidelines apply to new and used music:

  • Used - Like New: The jewel case, cassette case, or album cover has no scratches or scuffing. Cover art, liner notes, and inclusions are in perfect condition. Packaging may have a remainder cut-out, which should be noted in the listing comments.
  • Used - Very Good: The packaging, cover art, liner notes, or inclusions may show limited signs of wear.
  • Used - Good: The item or packaging may have identifying markings from its owner.
  • Used - Acceptable: The item plays perfectly but is otherwise the worse for wear. Packaging and inclusions may be damaged, marked, or missing. Note any missing items in the listing comments.

Collectible

To be considered collectible, the item should be unique in a way that increases value for a collector, such as signed, inscribed, scarce, or unique characteristics such as special pressings, unusual aesthetics (colored vinyl), or limited edition packaging.

Seller comments for collectible music should include the following:

  • Further detail on condition or completeness of item and packaging
  • Notes about the presence of signatures, inscriptions, or other personalization

Make sure you describe your CDs, MCs, and records accurately. An accurate product description increases buyer satisfaction. Should an item have an obvious cosmetic flaw, sellers are strongly encouraged to make a note in the comments field. The presence of remainder marks or cut-outs should always be noted in comments. Recopied media is not permitted. CDs with surface scratches may be listed as Good or Acceptable, subject to the above guidelines, as long as the quality of the playback is not affected.

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