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EIL.COM - home of Esprit International Limited - pronounced E I L dot com
  • Can I send you my list as an email attachment?
  • What is a catalogue and matrix number and where can I find them?
  • Will you visit me?
  • Do you have a minimum purchase price?
  • Do you buy bootlegs?
  • How do I receive payment?
  • How do I trade my items?
  • I do not want to sell but will you tell me how much it is worth?
  • Why did you not want my item when I can see it is out of stock on the website?
  • What do you mean by Mint condition and how can I tell what condition my item is?
  • Can I send you my list as an email attachment?

     

    We can receive attachments in virtually most formats and in addition to image files in jpg and gif formats. Better still download our easy to complete form and send your list to us here.

     

    What is a catalogue and matrix number and where can I find them?

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    The catalogue number is generally found on either the sleeve spine, record or CD label and this helps identify in the case of an album with multiple pressings the issue we require. Matrix numbers are located on the dead area of the vinyl around the run off grooves or in the case of CDs on the inner centre on the front or reverse of the disc.

     

    Will you visit me?

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    Yes if the size or quality of the collection makes a trip necessary but this would need to be discussed with a buyer first.

    Do you have a minimum purchase price?

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    Yes this is 20 before postage.

    Do you buy bootlegs?

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    No we do not buy unofficial bootleg or counterfeit material regardless of artist or rarity.

    How do I receive payment?

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    All UK and USA payments are issued via company cheque within 72 hours of receipt with overseas purchases paid using the most economical and safest method.

    How do I trade my items?

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    The process is as easy as selling your items for cash, BUT we will offer you significantly more above a cash value!
    Contact our buyers and they will give you a trade value credit for your vinyl records, albums, 7", 12" & CD singles, CDs and music memorabilia.
    Click here for more information.

    I do not want to sell but will you tell me how much it is worth?

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    No I am sorry we are not an information or valuation service and we will only make an offer based on the price we can pay for your item

    Why did you not want my item when I can see it is out of stock on the website?

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    There are a variety of reasons for this but it may depend on the condition of the items you have offered or that simply there are insufficient pieces that we can use, to make a purchase financially viable.

    What do you mean by Mint condition and how can I tell what condition my item is?

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    This is one of the most controversial areas of collecting second-hand vinyl records, CDs & Cassettes with differing opinion as to what constitutes Mint condition. We use the generally accepted Record Collector guide to condition reproduced below for both buying and selling. All text copyright Parker Publishing.

    Vinyl Records (7", 12" LPs etc)

    Mint The record itself is in brand new condition with no surface marks or deterioration in sound quality. The cover and any extra items such as the lyric sheet, booklet or poster are in perfect condition. Records advertised as Sealed or Unplayed should be Mint.
    Excellent The record shows some signs of having been played, but there is very little lessening in sound quality. The cover and packaging might have slight wear and/or creasing.
    Very Good The record has obviously been played many times, but displays no major deterioration in sound quality, despite noticeable surface marks and the occasional light scratch. Normal wear and tear on the cover or extra items, without any major defects, is acceptable.
    Good The record has been played so much that the sound quality has noticeably deteriorated, perhaps with some distortion and mild scratches. The cover and contents suffer from folding, scuffing of edges, spine splits, discoloration, etc.
    Fair The record is still just playable but has not been cared for properly and displays considerable surface noise; it may even jump. The cover and contents will be torn, stained and/or defaced.
    Poor The record will not play properly due to scratches, bad surface noise, etc. The cover and contents will be badly damaged or partly missing.
    Bad The record is unplayable or might even be broken, and is only of use as a collection-filler.

    CDs & Cassettes (CD singles, CD albums, Cassette Singles & Cassette Albums)

    As a general rule, CDs and cassettes either play perfectly - in which case they are in Mint condition - or they don't, in which case their value is minimal. Cassette tape is liable to deteriorate with age, even if it remains unplayed.

    Cassette and CD inlays and booklets should be graded in the same way as record covers and sleeves. In general, the plastic containers for cassettes and CDs can easily be replaced if they are broken or scratched, but card covers and digipaks are subject to the same wear as record sleeves.

    We will generally only buy items that are in at least very good condition. We would obviously prefer items that are mint! Therefore, we generally do not require any records or CDs that have any of the following defects: Scratches, sleeve tears or creases, handwriting on labels or covers, sellotape or super glue repairs or damaged spines of covers. If you are unsure about an item you have please feel free to call us first to discuss, in some cases we will accept an item with minor defects if it is genuinely rare, although the price we will offer will reflect the condition. Again, please ask first before sending. We reserve the right to return any unwanted, unsolicited, damaged or counterfeit items sent in for purchase.
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