Firstly, what some people do (and I would I if I could afford it - sadly, I can't), is buy 2 copies of limited vinyls, or simply stuff they won't see again should an accident happen. One to play, the other to keep nice.RITH wrote:When browsing the internet for second-hand vinyl, every now and then I notice something along the lines of:
"After all these years I finally decided to sell my treasured collection, because I really need the money. All of the records are in mint condition, most of them unplayed."
I will admit, I've bought CD re-issues of rare albums that I enjoy listyening to on vinyl, but...you know, when you're mellow, or pissed, you don't always give vinyl the care and attantion it deserves. There are certain albums that are more likely to be played at these times as well...to date, I have bought 7 copies of "VU & Nico".
The other thing is that, people either lie, or even genuinely don't realise that they're not in the condition stated. I can vouch for this from ten years experience working in a second hand record shop. I've had customers describe their records as 'mint', or 'in great condition' over the phone, but, when I actually got to see them, they were anything but.
I've seen records brought to me in binliners (always a giveaway!!!) that had damp, rotting covers, I've had records shown to me that look like someone's gone a bit mental with a stanley knife, that, frankly, I wouldn't want to put anywhere near a stylus, I've been offered warped records, collections without ANY sleeves where some were actually bronken....yet, the description was always along the same lines...'mint', 'in great condition', 'they've been played once or twice, but otherwise perfect'. etc.