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Buy Guy Steve Leach has been a buyer for HPB since 1985, and during that time, he's been asked a lot of questions about how we determine the value of books and music.

Book Condition Guide

Used items may have missing parts or materials.

Typical Usage: F/VG - Fine book in very good jacket.

Fine/Like New (F)
Book may have been read. Looks new and has no defects. May show remainder marks. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.

Near Fine (NF)
Clean, with no defects, but may show slight wear at edges of book or dust jacket. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.

Very Good (VG)
Shows signs of wear. May have minor defects: clipped or chipped dust jacket; owner’s inscription; remainder mark; minor foxing or bumping. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.

Good (G)
Average used book with all pages present. May have any of the defects above to a greater degree, including highlighting, library markings, or loose bindings. Rare and collectible books may have cocked spine, cracked hinges, water stains; torn or repaired dust jacket. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.

Fair (FR)
May be very worn, soiled, torn, or barely holding together. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.

Poor (P)
May have extensive damage from moisture or insects; detached boards; parts may be missing; marginally salable unless very unusual. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.



For Rare and Collectible items, these guidelines become more or less strict depending on the age and scarcity of the book. Books from the 19th Century and older are allowed more foxing and other defects.

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Music Condition Guide

Music formats include vinyl, magnetic tape, and disc.

Fine/Like New (F)
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.

Very Good (VG)
The packaging, cover art, liner notes, or inclusions may show limited signs of wear.

Good (G)
The item or packaging may have identifying markings from its owner.

Fair (FR)
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.

Movie Condition Guide

Fine/Like New (F)
An apparently untouched item in perfect condition. Original protective wrapping may be missing, but the original packaging is intact and pristine. There are absolutely no signs of wear on the item or its packaging. Any codes for digital copies or downloadable content must be included and unused.

Very Good (VG)
A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition. The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly.

Good (G)
The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. It may be marked, have identifying markings on it, or show other signs of previous use.

Fair (FR)
A product with extensive external signs of wear, but one that continues to play perfectly. The box or jewel case may be damaged. The cover art, liner notes, or other inclusions may be marked, or one or all of these items may be missing. The seller must note any missing inclusions in their listing comments. Combination sets may not be listed with missing discs. If a digital copy is missing, this should be noted in the condition notes. Products must be sold with a protective jewel case or box. Sellers may substitute newer packaging when a jewel case or box is damaged, but they may not substitute copied cover art or liner notes for the originals. The video, disc, or packaging may have identifying markings from its owner.

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