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Offline Sargeguy

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Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« 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

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 personís) phone - We were told that so itís true and worth a lot of money
For parts or restoration - I have used all the good parts for restoration of another 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
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 Ė Iím 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. Weíve 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.
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 7/29/2019
« Last Edit: August 04, 2019, 07:56:57 PM by TelePlay »
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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2013, 09:06:58 PM »
I must say, this is the funniest thing I've read in a while.

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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013, 02:02:15 PM »
Another one for you:

Like new - but only on the outside

 :D

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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2013, 02:30:01 PM »
Art Deco - made before 2000
Mint Condition - I think that it looks alright


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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2013, 02:33:32 PM »
Unique - Frankenphoned


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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2013, 02:49:41 PM »
Slight damage - Has huge cracks with superglue slopped all over

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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #6 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.

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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #7 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.

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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #8 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?

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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2013, 07:54:26 PM »
Extremely Rare - This is the only one I have

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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2013, 08:13:23 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

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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2013, 08:46:07 PM »
Not 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

Offline Sargeguy

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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #12 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.
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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #13 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

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Re: Glossary of eBay Seller Title Terms
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2013, 06:50:17 AM »
Not 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.