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ABBREVIATIONS USED BY RECORD DEALERS



this covers most abbreviations used, individual dealers may use their own shorthand. If you do not understand an item desctiption it is advisable to clarify it before buying!

As a seller: Knowing these abbeviations as a seller will help you list items quickly
As a buyer: You need to know them as some dealers hide behind abbreviations to under describe damage!
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Caution
This page only lists widely used abbreviations, many dealers use their own nomenclature, which may differ from or even contradict those below. If you are looking to buy an item and do not understand the seller's abbreviations you should find out what they mean before you send money!




AbbreviationFull Name + Notes (in Brackets)
 
 
2CDDouble CD
2LPDouble LP
2PSecond Pressing
3LP/4LPTriple/Quadrouple LP
4545 RPM Record (Usually reserved for 7 Inch Singles)
7878 RPM Record
ACAcetate
altAlternative
B/WBacked With
B & WBlack and White
bkback
blBlistering (vinyl has bubbled)
boBook, booklet
BOCBend on Cover
Boot Bootleg half abbreviation, half slang.
B/SBox Set
BSSBottom Seam split (rarely used)
BTCBent corner (rarely used)
cassCassette
cassingCassette Single
Cat NoCatalogue Number
CCCut Corner (a form of Cut-out)
CDCompact Disc
CD singCompact Disc Single (see also below)
CD33" Compact Disc Single
CD55" Compact Disc Single
CDR, CD-RCD Recordable
CD-RWCD Re-writable
CDsCD single (size not defined)
cnrCorner
CoCompany (Usually refers to sleeve)
COCut-out (type of cut out not specified)
CODHCut-out Drill hole
COHCut out Hole ("Juke Boxed" 7")
compCompilation
COPHCut-out Punch Hole
COHCut-out Hole
C/P Cup out Punch (a form of Cut-out)
custCustom
CvrCover
CWCover Wear/Worn
d/packDouble Pack
DATdigital Audio Tape
dbl, dbleDouble
DCDiscoloration (on label or sleeve
DCCDigital Compact Cassette
DelDeleted
DemoDemonstration Copy
DHLDrill hole Through Label (a form of Cut-out)
DJDisc Jockey (Usually in reference to a Promo Copy)
DVDDigital Video Disc
DVD-AAudio DVD
ednEdition
EPExtended Play
EWEdge Warp (rarely used)
EXExcellent, Refers to the condition of record
expExperimental (This Abbrevialtion has 2 uses..)
exp (2)Export (This Abbrevialtion has 2 uses..)
extExtended
FFair, Refers to the condition of record
flexi, FlxFlexidisc
FOCFold out Cover
FOSFold out Sleeve
GGood, Refers to the condition of record
g/f, g/fold, GFGatefold
HCRWHeavy Cover Ring Wear (US term, Rarely used)
ImpImport
instInstrumental
indIndie
intlInternational
LELimited Edition (rarely Used)
LtdLimited Edition
LPLong Playing Record
LPRLater Pressing (Not original)
MMint (perfect), Refers to the condition of record
magMagazine
MBMinimum bid
M/CMusic Cassette (tape)
MDMini disc
NMNear Mint, Refers to the condition of record
NCRNo Cover
No, #Number
No'dNumbered
NOCNo Original Centre (mainly Old UK 45s with Push out middles)
NWOBHMNew wave of British heavy metal
ObiOriginal Band Intact (refers to paper band on Japanese LPs)
Orig, ORGOriginal (pressing)
OSPOne Sided Pressing
PPoor, Refers to the condition of record (Rarely Used)
p/c, PCPicture Cover (pretty much the same as picture sleeve!)
p/s, PSPicture Sleeve
PD, pic discPicture Disc
POPoster
polyPolythene
POSPoster Sleeve
progProgressive
Promo, PRPromotional Copy
ptPart
ptsParts
QuadQuadrophonic
RE, RIRe-Issue
RE-RRe Release
RmxRemix
RPMRevolutions Per Minute
RSRubber Stamped (Mainly USA, rarely used)
RW, R/WRing Wear
SACDSuper Audio CD
SCSaw Cut (a form of Cut-out)
SCRScratch (the record is scratched... beware of dealers who use abbreviations like this one!)
SCUScuff (the surface of the record is scuffed)
S/face, SfaceSurface
Sing, SSingle
Slvsleeve
Sl, SltSlight
SmSmall
Snide Pirate slang, ususlly reffering to tapes.
SOBCSticker on Back Cover (rarely Used)
SOFCSticker on Front Cover (rarely Used)
SOICSticker on Inner Cover (rarely Used)
SOLSticker on Label (rarely Used)
SSSeam split (US term)
S/SStill Sealed
stStereo
stkrsticker
stkrd, stkred, STKstickered
SWSrink Wrapped
TOBCTear on Back Cover (rarely Used)
TOFCTear on Front Cover (rarely Used)
TOICTear on Inside cover (rarely Used)
TOLTear on Label (rarely Used)
t/p, TPTest Pressing
Tpl, TrplTriple
TSTape Seam (Repaired with sticky tape, rarely Used)
TSSTop Seam split (rarely Used)
UNPUnplayed, Refers to the condition of record
versVersion
VidVideo
volVolume
VGVery Good, Refers to the condition of record
WDWater Damage (Beware of this one!)
w/With
w/l WLWhite Label
Warp, WRPWarped
WOCWriting on Cover
WOFCWriting on front cover (rarely Used)
WOICWriting on Inside cover (rarely Used)
WOLWriting on Label
WOSWriting on Sleeve
WP, WPDWarp, Warped
zineFanzine


Abbreviations, Use and Origins

The Use of Abbreviations goes back almost as far the hobby of collecting records
Most early mail order was conducted through magazines like Record collector and Goldmine
These magazines had limited space for describing items and spilling over onto a second line doubled the cost of an advert, so dealers developed an elaborate system of abbreviations in order to keep their descriptions short.

Some Dealers undoubtedly hid behind abbreviations as a convenient way to disguise records in poor condition...
Take the following description and then read above to see what it really means!

Beatles, Love Me Do, Red Parlephone, RE CW TOL NOC WD WP, G, 3.00

OK, It's an extreme example, but the point is that you should always know what the abbreviations mean before you buy.

Today abbreviations are still widely used, though there is much less need online to describe in code!
If you are selling it may be worth using abbreviations for magazine adverts, and expanding them to full descriptions for the webpage.

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