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How to order?

To buy on line check the 'Add to Cart' button.  Once you have finished shoping go to 'My Shopping Cart' in order to check out.  Delete any items that you no longer want and follow the instructions in order to check out and pay. It should all be logical, but we are here to advise in case of difficulty (call us on 01296 422224).


Remember, in order to shop on line, as with all mail-order sites, you need an account.  If you don't have an account already, set one up by checking the 'Account' option from the menu and follow the instructions.  We do need your email address in order to mail you an order confirmation.  We won't share this, or any other information, with others, we don't like getting calls from PPI reclaim companies or dealers in loft insulation, boilers and double glazing and assume you don't either.


We do postage at cost.  We are sorry this does mean postage and packaging to anywhere in the UK is £3 for a single album, and an additional £0.50 per each additional album.  We hope this is competitive, but as with other UK based suppliers, we have to deal with shipping costs related to both size and weight that determines this price.


Please note that the weight shown in the header of the item description is the approximate shipping weight (i.e. 300g for a single vinyl album, 150g for a CD, 600g for a vinyl double album etc.) not the weight of the record.  
For posting to outside of the UK, for Europe we charge £4.50 for a single album and an additional £1 per each additional album, and outside of Europe it's £6.50, and again £1 for each additional album. 
Remember, postage costs are by size and weight, so a double album will cost the same as two records, a triple as three albums etc., e.g. the postage cost of a triple album to the UK will be £4.50 (£3.50 + 50p + 50P) and a double album to New Zealand will be £7.50 (£6.50 + £1).  Costs are the same for new, used and collectable vinyl, although for particularly rare and collectable items you may wish to contact us with respect to additional security and insurance.


The prices per album in the UK are inclusive of VAT, but are held at the same for outside the UK to contribute to the considerable increase in postal charges that are far from fully covered by our international charges above.
The pricing of our used and collectable items is determined by a combination of current activity within the market and the condition of the item.  We do research the market, but this is quite volatile at present and we do endeavour to keep up and to be competitive.  We are quite hard at grading items (you can see items advertised elsewhere as 'Fair' that are unplayable and 'Good' being an assault course for your precious stylus.  See below for a description of the grading system we use.


Do remember, we are a real shop, based in Aylesbury, so if you would rather pop in and collect your purchases,  you can both save your 'P & P' and browse the extensive stock we keep of new and good quality used albums we have.  We are part of Deco Audio, a hi-fi outlet specialising in vinyl as a source (although also stocking rather fine CD players, transports and DACs too), so you can shop for records as well as seeing what the current 'state of the art' is for playing your precious vinyl collection.


The items listed are those we have, but we are regularly taking in new collections and receiving new stock from our suppliers.  If there is an item you are after that you can't see advertised then do ask. We can't guarantee to find it but we can guarantee to try.  Contact us via shop@thevicioussquirrel.co.uk or phone us on 01296 422224.
Grading System for Used & Collectable Vinyl


Our Grading System for Used & Collectable vinyl is quite harsh.  There are a number of rules we stick to.  These are:


  • It's only 'Mint' if it is still factory sealed.  Once it is removed from the factory seal or supplied bag it is no longer Mint.

  • We do not use '-' (minus), if it's not Excellent it is Very Good or less.  If it is almost but not quite Excellent it's VG+.  

  • We put gradings in the product header, but when you drop in to the product details these will be described in more detail for this particular record (so you will see a few 'would be Mint if still factory sealed', or 'little sign of having been played').  If you see a '-' it's a dash or seperator between values, not a minus! 

  • We grade Cover first, then Vinyl.  Whichever way round you do this some will think it wrong or illogical (you see the cover first then the vinyl, but you don't buy a record for it's cover etc. etc.).

  • We'll only put 'first pressing' or 'early edition' if we're sure.  We obviously recognise that serious collectors place great value on this and it may also impact the quality of the recording. We do put the matrix number in the detailed description.  But some manufacturers do make this hard..........!

  • Every record in a set will be individually graded, so you may see Ex, VG-VG+,  which means Excellent cover, first disc Very Good, second disc Very Good/almost Excellent.  We do this sequentially, disc one, disc two etc. but it is difficult to legislate for those pressings which are SideA/SideD SideB/SideC - we'll do the best we can in the description!


COVER GRADINGS



Ex

Excellent

 

The cover looks new or almost new, the only signs of age may be slight wear to the corners.

 

VG+

 

Very Good, almost Excellent

The cover is still in generally excellent condition, shiny (where appropriate) with no folds or tears, but may have some minor scuffs to the spine.

 

VG

 

Very Good

 

A few imperfections, minor ring wear, but still looking smart. There may be signs of a sticker having been removed.

 

G+

 

Good, almost Very Good

 

A few minor creases and scuffs (particularly to the spine) has some minor creases, possibly minor ring wear, signs of sticker removal, but still looking pretty smart (if a bit older).

 

G

 

Good

 

Some creasing or bends, marks due to the removal of stickers, may have a seam-split with taped repair, likely some ring wear, maybe some (but not much) writing on the cover.

 

F

 

Fair

 

The cover has major creases, loose or bubbled lamination, the spine is likely to be unreadable from wear, there is likely considerable ring wear, maybe written on.  Records with Fair covers are only likely to be on the site if the records they contain are in better condition.

 

U

 

Ungraded

 

Cover is particularly grotty, cut, torn, ripped, scuffed such that it is difficult to read any information available.  A record with such a cover will not be advertised on our site.

 


VINYL GRADINGS


Ex

Excellent

 

The record looks new or almost new with few signs of having been played, will be shiny, scratch free with no scuffs or blemishes.

 

VG+

 

Very Good, almost Excellent

A few more signs of having been played, with very few marks that are only just visible and not audible.

 

VG

 

Very Good

 

There may be a few minor hairline scratches or minor scuffs that are visible but not audible. Used but well cared for. Label can have some very small marks.

 

G+

 

Good, almost Very Good

 

Some signs wear particularly from extensive usage, surface scuffs with maybe a scratch on it. These flaws can be seen on examination and some may be audible.  However, the record has been looked after and such audible flaws as there are will not prevent enjoyment.

 

G

 

Good

 

Record shows wear, possibly scuffs, some scratches from extensive usage.  These will be very visible to casual inspection and some likely to be audible on replay, but the record is listenable and potentially enjoyable.

 

F

 

Fair

 

Playable, scratched, poorly looked after, and generally irritating to listen to.  These would only ever appear on the site if the cover was noteworthy and the edition was particularly rare and of potential interest to a collector/completest.  Why do people do this to their records!

 

U

 

Ungraded

 

Unplayable.  These will not be advertised on the site.

 



We inspect all of our stock and audition as much as we can before grading, but do not necessarily listen to every minute of every record especially if blemishes are not apparent.  We have all experienced buying a record, particularly a new one, got it home, it looking in absolutely perfect condition, but with a glitch in the vinyl causing intolerable crackles and clicks.  If, at the end of the day, you have bought an item from us and disagree with how we've graded it then, whilst we will have endeavoured to get the grading right and to have sent you the correct copy, we are still only human and we do value your custom, so do give us a call to discuss so we can mutually resolve this.