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Title: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Sargeguy on January 30, 2013, 09:03:15 PM
I have started this thread for those of you who are new to eBay, so you can understand some of the terms used by eBay sellers.

Aged Patina - Filthy
Antique 1970's phone - I don't know what Antique means
Art Deco - Made before 2000
As Is - Good luck getting a refund
Attic Find - Been left in a hot atmosphere for years

Bakelite Just Shines - Liberally coated with Skin-So-Soft
Bakelite Phone - Plastic phone
Barn Fresh - When opening the shipping box, wear a full decontam suit, respirator and have a can of bug spray at hand
BNIB - Brand new in box but bottom of box has been bashed so hard the paint is peeling off.
Brand New In Box - Brand new in box but bottom of box has been bashed so hard the paint is peeling off.
Brown Phone - Grey phone

Condition Is Used - Used is not a "condition" of a item: conditions are excellent, good, fair & poor, not used
Clean - Passed a rag over it to remove some of the dust

Eames Era - We put grandma in a home and now we have to sell her stuff.
Ended by Seller due to Listing Error - Sold so fast I must have under priced it so cancelled the sale to relist it at a higher price
Estate Sale - Garage/Yard Sale
Exclusive to Us - I made it
Extension Telephone - Ringer not working
Extremely Rare - Even thought there are others for sale just like it on eBay right now
Extremely Rare - This is the only one I have

(famous person's) phone - We were told that so it's true and worth a lot of money
For parts or restoration - I have used all the good parts for restoration of another phone
French Style Phone - Danish style phone

Good condition for it's age - It's beat to crap and broken but hey it's 60 years old what do you expect.
Green Phone - Blue phone


I did not clean it - I started to clean it but soon realized the dirt was hiding all the cracks in the Bakelite
I don't know if it works - It doesn't work
I haven't looked inside - I have looked inside and I'm saying nothing
I know nothing about this phone - What I do know I'm keeping to myself
In good used condition - A piece of crap
Incredible Patina - Really bad paint job that's peeling off
Industrial - An obscure piece of crap of unknown purpose that no one wants
International Seller - Good luck getting an email back

Like New - Beat to crap
Like New - But only on the outside
Lucy Phone - I charge $150 extra for my exquisite polishing job.

Make Offer - I don't know how to remove the Make Offer option
May need Internal Parts - I don't know what was in those gaps
Mid-Century Modern - My parents were going to throw it out but I took it instead
Mint Condition - I think that it looks alright
Mint In Box - Only thing that would cover the smell
Museum Piece - The guy at the museum said it was a piece of %$#@&
Museum Piece - Bought in a museum gift shop

Needs TLC - Parts phone at best
New - Used
Nice Creamy Color - Smokey White color
No Reserve - My shill bidders are on hand if necessary
NOS - Not Obviously Scratched
NOS - Not Old Stock, I think but not sure
Not sure if all the parts are there - Please see my other auctions for magneto, condenser, and ringer
Not sure if its a reproduction - Bought it from PHONECO
Not working - We didn't test it at all
Not working - We didn't test it properly

One of a Kind - I had some glue and craft rubbish so I upcycled it
One of these sold recently for £1000 – I'm expecting no less for mine
Original Black Paint That Just Shines - Liberally coated with Skin-So-Soft
Original Cables - Cables need replacing
Original Two Tone Phone - Originally two broken phones
Other Courier - Costs £10 and takes a week; Royal Mail would cost £5 and delivered it next day

Patented 1892 - Patented 1913
Phone Lamp - I had no idea what this was worth so I wasted my time destroying and devaluing it
Primitive - A complete piece of crap
Princess Phone - Trimline

Rare Brown Bakelite - Well handled black Bakelite

Shabby Chic - A piece of crap
Shed Find - Been left in a damp atmosphere for years
Shines Like New - Liberally coated with Skin-So-Soft
Slight damage - Has huge cracks with superglue slopped all over
Sold for Parts/Spares - Nothing will get this working. We've tried
Steampunk - Brassed out piece of crap

The Pictures form part of the Description - I can't be bothered to list all it's faults
These Phones Do Not Have A Ringer Inside - Subset not included, but hot it's hot wired to work and pops loudly when dialing
This item is advertised elsewhere - If the bidding doesn't go high enough I'm ending the auction

Unique - Frankenphoned
Untested - Broken and beat to crap
Untested - I already know it's broken so I didn't bother testing it
Unusual Raised Monogram - . . . somebody put a sticker on it
Upgraded Receiver/Transmitter to a better one - I used what I had in the drawer
Used - Broken

Well Used- Broken, beat to crap, missing most parts
Western Electric? - Kellogg
What you see is what you get - What you don't see is what you get
Worked the last time I tried it - It worked, then there was a pop, a flash, some smoke and now I'm selling it "as is"

Yard Sale/Boot Sale Find - I paid $2, you pay $200
Your item is marked as Shipped - It's Sunday 11 pm, eBay thinks it's sent, that's good enough until I get around to shipping it


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Both organizations below are wonderful resources for collectors of any level and if not already a member, consider joining one (or both) for full access to the organizations

Member ATCA - Seller is a member of the Antique Telephone Collectors Association, an association of antiques who collect telephones
Member TCI - Seller is a member of Telephone Collector's International, a group devoted to promoting all aspects of telephone collecting


Updated 12/3/2020
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: ESalter on January 30, 2013, 09:06:58 PM
I must say, this is the funniest thing I've read in a while.
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: twocvbloke on January 31, 2013, 02:02:15 PM
Another one for you:

Like new - but only on the outside

:D
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: LarryInMichigan on January 31, 2013, 02:30:01 PM
Art Deco - made before 2000
Mint Condition - I think that it looks alright

Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: TelePlay on January 31, 2013, 02:33:32 PM
Unique - Frankenphoned


xzzx-eBay Glossary-xzzx
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: twocvbloke on January 31, 2013, 02:49:41 PM
Slight damage - Has huge cracks with superglue slopped all over
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Owain on January 31, 2013, 03:09:57 PM
BNIB - brand new in box - brand new in box but bottom of box has been bashed so hard the paint is peeling off.
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Just4Phones on January 31, 2013, 06:15:12 PM
Good condition for it's age=It's beat to crap and broken but hey it's 60 years old what do you expect.
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Owain on January 31, 2013, 06:54:53 PM
Other Courier - costs £10 and takes a week; Royal Mail would cost £5 and deliver it next day (and wouldn't have bashed the bottom of the box so badly the paint is peeling off).

Not that I'm bitter, but can you guess what happened to this week's plaything?
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: LarryInMichigan on January 31, 2013, 07:54:26 PM
Extremely Rare - This is the only one I have
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Just4Phones on January 31, 2013, 08:13:23 PM
Quote from: LarryInMichigan on January 31, 2013, 07:54:26 PM
Extremely Rare - This is the only one I have


LOL one time I saw "extremely rare" for an item on EBAY and there were two just like it on the same page.  I just had to bring it to the sellers attention  ;D
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: twocvbloke on January 31, 2013, 08:46:07 PM
Quote from: Owain on January 31, 2013, 06:54:53 PMNot that I'm bitter, but can you guess what happened to this week's plaything?

It got a smack on the bottom by mr. postman? :D
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Sargeguy on January 31, 2013, 10:50:12 PM
Here in the US, my experience is that the USPS is incompetent and FedEx and UPS are my carriers of choice.  I would believe the USPS story that my packages were stolen if they hadn't delivered other people's packages to my house twice in the last week.
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: twocvbloke on January 31, 2013, 11:11:36 PM
I've been on the receiving end of USPS incompetence, they dropped half of the address number for our old house when a friend was sending some stuff over, so instead of 29, it was addressed for 2, and cos of the silly numbering of that street, there was no house numbered as 2, so I had to wait until the thing crossed the borders to contact ParcelFarce to correct the USPS's error.... ::)

And the PF guy delivering it complained to me about the wrong number, I just said "Blame the USPS mate!!" to him in response... :D

Anyway, another ebay term:

Clean - Passed a rag over it to remove some of the dust
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Owain on February 01, 2013, 06:50:17 AM
Quote from: twocvbloke on January 31, 2013, 08:46:07 PM
Quote from: Owain on January 31, 2013, 06:54:53 PMNot that I'm bitter, but can you guess what happened to this week's plaything?

It got a smack on the bottom by mr. postman? :D

I don't know when the smack on the bottom happened, but it was Miss Hermes who delivered it not Mr Postman.
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Doug Rose on February 01, 2013, 07:46:19 PM
Quote from: Sargeguy on January 31, 2013, 10:50:12 PM
Here in the US, my experience is that the USPS is incompetent and FedEx and UPS are my carriers of choice.  I would believe the USPS story that my packages were stolen if they hadn't delivered other people's packages to my house twice in the last week.
WOW!! I am really surprised you do not like the USPS. Janet and I find the USPS a Godsend. Medium Priority Flat box is the best thing for selling phones. We have not had a lost shipment....ever. Free...yes FREE boxes that are like tanks. We only use FedEx for larger items that do not fit the Priority Flat box. I think we keep the USPS in business. I guess everyone thinks differently. No, neither of us work for the USPS. The way things are going for the USPS, you will not have them to kick around much longer. Just my humble opinion...Doug
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Sargeguy on February 01, 2013, 09:28:15 PM
I used to have no problem with them until the last few months, starting with my vulgar Victorian plate.  They have lost four packages since November costing me approximately $200.  This does not count two other packages that never arrived but I received refunds from the shippers because they were never marked as delivered.  When I complained the USPS advised me to check with my neighbors, but that they most likely were stolen by thieves who follow the mail trucks around.  Two of the four packages were supposedly stolen off my porch on days when I was home.  The mailman usually rings the doorbell, or I can hear the mail going in the slot, etc.  and I am usually listening for him when I am expecting packages.  I have a box on my porch for packages, and the mailman usually puts them there.  On one occasion I observed the mailman not delivering any packages on the day a package was supposedly delivered.  In the last two months.  I have received packages for other addresses on three occasions.  All of my FedEx and UPS packages have arrived except the one FedEx handed over to USPS for delivery.  I still use them for mailing but for receiving packages USPS stinks.
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: MagicMo on February 01, 2013, 09:47:08 PM
Quote from: Just4Phones on January 31, 2013, 06:15:12 PM
Good condition for it's age=It's beat to crap and broken but hey it's 60 years old what do you expect.

Hey! I used that one! LOL
Mo
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: MagicMo on February 01, 2013, 09:49:50 PM
Quote from: LarryInMichigan on January 31, 2013, 07:54:26 PM
Extremely Rare - This is the only one I have


I used that one too!! LOL
Mo
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: twocvbloke on February 01, 2013, 09:51:42 PM
Maybe the USPS needs to adopt methods used by Royal Mail and their postmen, knock on the door, no answer, drop a "Sorry, you were out" card and either take the item back to the sorting office, or drop it off at a designated neighbour's house for you to pick up later...

I'm guessing the contracts for the USPS posties state "Deliver the mail, doesn't matter where, just deliver it!!".... :D

Oh, here's another term, in relation to my KX-T7130E:

Not working - We didn't test it properly

:D
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Sargeguy on February 01, 2013, 09:54:23 PM
QuoteI used that one too!! LOL
Mo

I think you're safe
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: cihensley@aol.com on February 03, 2013, 03:09:02 PM
Sargeguy:

There is a lot of truth in some of your eBay translations.

Chuck
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: WesternElectricBen on February 03, 2013, 03:25:03 PM
NOS, haha. Not obviously scratched!!!!
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Sargeguy on March 27, 2013, 05:37:44 PM
Museum Piece-Bought in museum gift shop
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: don zee on April 03, 2013, 04:21:42 AM
Mint in box- only thing that would cover the smell
new - used
like new - beat to crap
used - broken
untested - broken beat to crap
well used- broken, beat to crap, missing most parts
as is - good luck, getting a refund
international seller - good luck getting an email back.

Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: don zee on April 03, 2013, 05:33:04 AM
I almost forgot -

"It worked the last time I tried it" - It worked the last time I tried it, then there was a pop, a flash, some smoke, and I'm selling it '"as is"

Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: andre_janew on July 28, 2019, 05:34:47 PM
In good used condition-A piece of s**t.
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: FABphones on July 28, 2019, 07:16:49 PM
Additional Terms:

'Your item is marked as Dispatched'
...it's Sunday 11pm, eBay thinks it's sent, so that's good enough until I get around to shipping it.

'I know nothing about this phone'
...what I do know I'm keeping to myself.

'Antique 1970's phone'
...I don't know what Antique means.

'I haven't looked inside'
...I have looked inside and I'm saying nothing.

'What you see is what you get'
...what you don't see is what you get.

'I don't know if it works'
...it doesn't work.

'Make Offer'
...I don't know how to remove the Make Offer option.

'Attic Find'
...been left in a hot atmosphere for years.

'Shed Find'
...been left in a damp atmosphere for years.

'Yard Sale/Boot Sale Find'
...I paid $2, you pay $200.

'Ended by Seller due to Listing Error'
...it sold really fast, I must have underpriced it so I've cancelled the sale to relist it again at a higher price.

'Upgraded Receiver/Transmitter to a better one'
...I used what I had in the drawer.

'Nice Creamy Colour'
...smokey White colour.

'Aged Patina'
...filthy.

'May need Internal Parts'
...I don't know what was in those gaps.

'Green Phone'
...blue phone.

'Brown Phone'
...grey phone.

'Rare Brown Bakelite'
...well handled black Bakelite.

'Bakelite Phone'
...plastic phone.

'The Pictures form part of the Description'
...I can't be bothered to list all it's faults.

'This item is advertised elsewhere'
...if the bidding doesn't go high enough I'm ending the auction.

'One of a Kind'
...I had some glue and craft rubbish so I upcycled it.

'Phone Lamp'
...I had no idea what this was worth so I wasted my time destroying and devaluing it.

Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: FABphones on July 29, 2019, 07:55:29 AM
And more:

'The ideal Dial for your Vintage Phone'
...it fits in the hole.

'Vintage GPO type'
...made in India but if I put that in the title you won't look at it.

'Sold by ex Telecoms engineer'
...don't question what I've written.

'Ideal Decor Piece'
...it doesn't work.

'Price Reduced'
...I overpriced it in previous listings and now I'm sick of the sight of it.

'See Photos'
...don't ask any questions.

'Yellow phone'
...cream phone.

'Price is for One'
...I put several in the photo to make you think you were getting a bargain.

'Fully Restored and Ready to Plug In'
...I replaced the broken bits with whatever I had and now it works.

'Bargain Box'
...all the old tatt I can't sell.
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Pourme on July 29, 2019, 10:43:12 AM
~

Do I sense a tad of built up frustration?

Yeah, I do......

Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: FABphones on July 29, 2019, 11:06:11 AM
Quote from: Pourme on July 29, 2019, 10:43:12 AM

Do I sense a tad of built up frustration?


;)


'Exclusive to Us'
...I made it.

'Extension Telephone'
...ringer not working.

'Original Cables'
...cables need replacing.

'Original Two Tone Phone'
...originally two broken phones.

'One of these sold recently for £1000'
...I'm expecting no less for mine.

'(famous person's) phone'
...we were told that so it's true and worth a lot of money.

'Sold for Parts/Spares'
...nothing will get this working. We've tried.

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( All suggestions have been compiled into the first topic and arranged in alphabetical order )

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=8671.msg93094#msg93094


Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Key2871 on July 29, 2019, 02:59:48 PM
Well actually a lot of that is dead on true. Unfortunately I've been duped as well. But my biggest thing is when it's obviously not what they say it is, such as an AE 80, calling it a westerns electric phone, telephone.
Not! Or there listing has such bad English they are not selling from the USA, but rather China, or some other places.
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: FABphones on December 03, 2020, 04:20:58 AM
Here's a new one which I read recently:

'Unusual raised monogram'
...somebody put a sticker on it.

Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Pourme on December 03, 2020, 07:04:49 PM
~

I think we all know what "used" is, sellers and buyers can agree on that...

Excellent, Good, fair & poor are some of the different "conditions" we might expect to find the "used" items we seek.

Which brings me to...

     "Condition is used"

Used is not a "condition" of a item...Please stop saying that!

~
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: tubaman on December 04, 2020, 03:04:02 AM
Quote from: Pourme on December 03, 2020, 07:04:49 PM
~
...

Which brings me to...

     "Condition is used"

Used is not a "condition" of a item...Please stop saying that!

~

I use terms such as 'Good used condition' - is that ok?
If not I'll stop henceforth.  ;D
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: Pourme on December 04, 2020, 03:20:26 AM
~

That one works....enjoy using that one.... ;)
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: tubaman on December 04, 2020, 03:27:03 AM
Quote from: Pourme on December 04, 2020, 03:20:26 AM
~

That one works....enjoy using that one.... ;)

Excellent - I'll carry on as usual.  :)
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: phonium on May 06, 2021, 05:09:18 PM
French style phone - Danish style phone
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: oldguy on May 29, 2022, 10:08:04 PM
Realtors are the same if not worse. I looked at a house, part of the description was a "wood floors". When I looked at the house they had ripped up the carpet, so it was the subfloor & it was wood but not what I expected😀 My other favorite is Fixer upper, in other words junk.
Title: Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
Post by: RDPipes on May 30, 2022, 03:50:36 PM
The scariest part of this list is, that most of it's true. Can't remember how many times I've seen ads that use these definitions and not just on eBay.