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Old Aug 7, 2007, 10:41 AM   #1
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What do people mean with ' it`s in a mint condition ' ?
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Old Aug 7, 2007, 11:17 AM   #2
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The original meaning was for a coin fresh from the mint that was shiny and free of scratches but has came to mean any product that looks like it just came from the factory and looks like it never has been used.
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Bob Nichol wrote:
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The original meaning was for a coin fresh from the mint that was shiny and free of scratches but has came to mean any product that looks like it just came from the factory and looks like it never has been used.
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What do people mean with ' it`s in a mint condition ' ?
'Mint Condition' is a Numismatic Term. A coin collector refers to a coin in perfect, untouched condition as being'inmint condition', if it is coming straight from the mint that stamped it, without ever having been touched. The numismatic standards for 'mint condition' are very severe, since the oils and acids in skin will immediately start to diminish the luster of a newly minted coin, so if a single person handles a coin just once, it is no longer in 'mint condition'.

But in other areas, the conditions required for something to be in 'mint condition' are less severe. Something that is 'in mint condition' has absolutely no signs of wear. A lens or camera 'in mint condition' may have been handled, or even used once or twice, but it is still very clean and shows absolutely no signs of wear.
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It's a term I'm pretty well sick of. When someone advertises their used paperback books on Ebay is being in "mint condition" I just want to smack them.
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It's a term I'm pretty well sick of. When someone advertises their used paperback books on Ebay is being in "mint condition" I just want to smack them.
I used to work with a guy that insisted that, if a paperback binding wasn't cracked, it meant that the book was in 'mint condition', and therefore all his paperbacks were in 'mint condition'.

He didn't seem to think that all the dog-eared pages had any effect on their condition, though.
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Old Aug 7, 2007, 3:32 PM   #7
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like it left the place of Purchase?


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like it left the place of Purchase?
Well, closer to "like it left theplace of manufacture". A demo would not be 'in mint condition',but you've got the idea.
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I used to think Iknew what mint was...then I picked up a few photographic"mint" items on ebay, and it turns out many people evidentlythink if it isn't "new", it must be "mint". If you go looking for something on eBay and it says "mint", don't go assuming anything...
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Greg Chappell wrote:
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I used to think Iknew what mint was...then I picked up a few photographic"mint" items on ebay, and it turns out many people evidentlythink if it isn't "new", it must be "mint". If you go looking for something on eBay and it says "mint", don't go assuming anything...
I'M SHOCKED AND APPALLED!

Are you saying that people on eBay might misrepresent the condition of the products they sell?

I'M SHOCKED AND APPALLED!
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