The standard used by most collectors to grade the condition of vinyl records is called the Goldmine Standard. Good enough for us then.
Most LP’s are graded visually, but sometimes will be played through (especially the pricier ones).
Sleeves aren’t graded but there might be a comment in the description if the cover is in notably bad condition compared to the vinyl. All used record sleeve photos are of the actual item for sale (no Google images) and displayed in high enough resolution to give a fair idea of their condition. More detailed images can be provided on request.
Summary of gradings used on this website is as follows…
Perfect, flawless. Never been played, possibly even still sealed.
M- (Mint Minus)
A nearly perfect record.
VG+ (Very Good Plus)
Great condition. Well cared for. 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.
VG (Very Good)
Surface noise will be evident upon playing, especially in soft passages and during a song”s intro and fade, but will not overpower the music otherwise.
Lots of wear but still playable without skipping. But it will have significant surface noise and scratches and visible groove wear.
P (POOR) F (FAIR)
The record is cracked, badly warped, and won”t play through without skipping or repeating. The picture sleeve is water damaged, split on all three seams and heavily marred by wear and writing.