Condition Rating and Listing Terms for Music CDs

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This guide is to describe the condition ratings of Music CDs and Audio Book Media.  All CD Conditions in this guide align with the eBay mandated rating.  The Buyer may refer to the eBay definition for the Condition which is displayed with Item Specifics at the top of the Description Page.


Applicable to all music CD sales by Martians from OZ. 


All CDs sold are guaranteed to play OK.  That is free of faulty tracks and excessive noise, or we will happily refund your purchase.


Buying CDs is Complex, you are interested in:

  • what is the Compact Disc itself like on the Playing Surface?
  • How is the Case?
  • Is the Booklet /Lyrics included and in what Condition? 
To meet this each CD Listing has four parts to define the CD condition:

   1. Overall Condition - including any specific damage / observations
   2. Disc Surface Condition
   3. Booklet/Insert Condition
   4. Case Condition


Brand New (Never played - could have minor cover marks from shelving)
An item that has never been opened or removed from the manufacturer’s sealing (if applicable). Item is in original shrink wrap (if applicable).  Note: Many CDs in Australia are sold new from publishers without shrink wrap - so not being shrink wrapped sealed does not mean it is Not New.

Like New (Could easily be mistaken for brand new, makes a great gift.)
An item that looks as if it has not been used. No visible wear, and all parts of the item are in pristine condition and intact.  (May have minor shelving wear)

Very Good (Will look great in your CD collection)
An item that is used but still in very good condition. No damage to the jewel case or item cover, no scuffs, scratches, cracks, or holes. The cover art and liner notes are included. The teeth of disk holder are undamaged. Minimal wear on the playing surface, but have have minor surface wear from playing - no skipping.

Good (Excellent for you to listen to - not a showpiece or gift)
An item in used but good condition. May have minor damage to jewel case including scuffs or cracks, or to the item cover including scuffs, scratches, or cracks. The cover art and liner notes are included unless stated. No skipping.

Acceptable (Item beaten up a bit but it works)
An item with obvious and significant wear but is still operational.We do not sell these except in rare circumstances where it could be hard to find copy.


  • As New: No Visible Marks - Never played.
  • Very Good: No Significant Marks (minor visible wear marks) |
  • Good: Significant Visible Wear Marks
  • Acceptable: Major Visible Wear Marks


  • As New: Booklet/Insert Included in As New Condition
  • Very Good: Booklet/Insert Included in Very Good Condition
  • Good: Booklet/Insert Included in Good Condition
  • Acceptable: Booklet/Insert Included but may be torn or have significant wear
  • Missing: Booklet/Insert Missing


  • As New: No Significant Marks, No Broken Parts
  • Very Good: No Cracks ; No Major Marks (minor shelving/handling wear and/or labels/label marks)
  • Good: Visible Scuff / Wear Marks and/or labels/label marks
  • Acceptable: May be cracked or broken can not be changed by seller due to being special case or with specific labels on case


  • Booklet: Two or more pages containing photos, lyrics, or other information about the CD in addition to basic track listing.  (See also Insert below).
  • Cardboard Cover: Some CDs are originally in a cardboard slipcase / cover, this will be shown in the listing under the Cover Condition where this si the case.
  • CD: Compact Disc (Music or PC Game).
  • CD Album: Any music CD with  more than 5 tracks including three or more songs.
  • CD Promo Album: A music CD released for radio or promotional use other than retail
  • CD Set: Two or more CDs in a set excluding 2CD Albums as below.
  • CD Single / EP: Any music CD which does not meet Album criteria - usually no. of tracks stated.
  • 2CD Album: Two CDs typically in the same jewel case as an extended Album.
  • Digipak: A common type of cardboard cover CD, may be tri/quad fold, and be for one or more CDs.
  • Enhanced CD: CD containing other content for PC use – typically videos but may include screen-savers, photos, website content.
  • Fingers: See teeth.
  • Insert: A basic 1 or 2 page insert with no information / photos other then basic Track Listing.  Common on compilation and budget CDs.
  • Jewel Case: The hard plastic case commonly used for CDs today.
  • Out of Print (OOP): CD is no longer available through typical retail options including major online stores.
  • Scuff Marks: The dull spots on CD Jewel Cases from where the cases rub against shelves or other CDs, this is normal wear for a CD Case.
  • Skipping: The music (or video on enhanced CDs) shows noticeable signs of missing information which can be seen or heard. 
  • Slimline Case: The thin half-height Jewel Case becoming more popular for CDs, saves on storage space with the same protection.
  • Teeth: The parts of the disc case that go in the hole to hold the CD in the case - if these are broken the CD may fall out easily.  Also called fingers.
  • Tri-fold: A Tri-fold Cover is the usually Cardboard Covers which fold out into 3 parts with the CD(s) in the sleeves within the cover.

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