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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.

Estate Sale-Garage/Yard Sale
NOS-Stands for "Not Obviously Scratched"
Western Electric?-Kellogg
Patented 1892-Patented 1913
Not sure if its a reproduction-"Bought it from PHONECO"
Not sure if all the parts are there-"Please see my other auctions for magneto, condenser, and ringer"
For parts or restoration-"I have used all the good parts for restoration of another phone"
I did not clean it-"I started to clean it but soon realized the dirt was hiding all the cracks in the Bakelite"
Museum Piece  The guy at the museum said it was a "piece of %$#@&"
No Reserve-My shill bidders are on hand if necessary
Shabby Chic-A piece of crap
Primitive-A complete piece of crap
Industrial-An obscure piece of crap of unknown purpose that no one wants
Steampunk-Brassed out piece of crap
Eames Era-"We put grandma in a home and now we have to sell her stuff."
Mid-Century Modern-"My parents were going to throw it out but I took it instead"
Lucy Phone-"I charge $150 extra for my exquisite polishing job."
Princess Phone-Trimline
Untested-I already know it's broken so I didn't bother testing it.
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 the less interesting aspects of telephone collecting*


*Just kidding, both organizations are wonderful resources for collectors of any level, and if you are not already a member you should join one (or both) right away.
« Last Edit: May 28, 2015, 11:39:43 PM by Sargeguy »
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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.