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If you buy a rare item in mint condition, do you like to keep it that way?

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Post by MikeHaggar » Tue Oct 02, 2007 5:37 am

ShadowMan wrote: Which leads me to wonder what condition my games collection is in since they are not mint, but great condition and complete just not factory sealed?
Near-mint or CIB.

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Post by The Master » Tue Oct 02, 2007 5:48 am

What about things that never came sealed brand new?

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Post by MikeHaggar » Tue Oct 02, 2007 5:51 am

The Master wrote:What about things that never came sealed brand new?
you heat seal it yourself and sell it as 'the only sealed copy you'll ever find' ;)

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Post by AlleyKat » Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:27 am

MikeHaggar wrote:
The Master wrote:What about things that never came sealed brand new?
you heat seal it yourself and sell it as 'the only sealed copy you'll ever find' ;)
Yeah, on E-Bay as FACTORY SEALED (but with the added quirk of no cart because you've sold it on seperately). :)

Ultimately- mint or not, it adds to the pleasure of of owning a classic old game you love if its in gleamingly good nick too.

This issue will always run in parallel with retro gaming because of the collecting aspect. I'm sure people doing it from a purely speculative investment angle could make more money from antiques and the stock market though.

(suddenly falls through a wormhole into the future space year 2097, where a sealed copy of Rise of the Robots on SNES sells at auction for 10k. Collapses to knees cursing, in a Chuck Heston Planet of the Apes style).
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Post by Celebaglar » Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:00 am

I suppose this could be argued until the cows come home. From a buyer's perspective I'd never trust to a description of "mint" and would ask the seller to spell it out, simply because there are too many interpretations of the term.

For me - and I am NOT a collector - "mint" would mean something complete, in the original packaging, with all documentation and gubbins originally supplied and with everything in perfect condition, sealed or not. Note that I would not accept something that wasn't working or partially damaged just because it's sealed, but I would accept something that had been used if in absolutely perfect condition.

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Post by SirClive » Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:01 am

Celebaglar wrote:Note that I would not accept something that wasn't working or partially damaged just because it's sealed
How would you know?
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Post by Celebaglar » Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:23 am

SirClive wrote:
Celebaglar wrote:Note that I would not accept something that wasn't working or partially damaged just because it's sealed
How would you know?
The bit that says I'm not a collector is a clue... :wink:

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Post by nwosteve » Tue Oct 02, 2007 9:12 am

I guess the question is what is mint condition? Does it mean unused and still sealed?
If i buy something that is mint i will use it but take care of it so it stays as near to mint as possible.
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Post by Dudley » Tue Oct 02, 2007 1:03 pm

If it's unsealed it's not mint.

There's only one definition of mint and a lot of con artists.
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Post by sonic91 » Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:00 pm

The term "mint" has different interpretations by everyone, just like the "what is retro?" sticky in this forum. Not everything is sealed when it is made, but can still be classed as "mint".
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Post by Dudley » Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:43 pm

No it doesn't.

It has a dictionary definition and a lot of people who are wrong. I don't debate your last sentence at all but it still doesn't make your console mint.

Argue with the dictionary people, not us.
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Oct 02, 2007 3:36 pm

sonic91 wrote:The term "mint" has different misinterpretations by everyone.
Corrected ;)
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Post by MikeHaggar » Tue Oct 02, 2007 4:48 pm

Merriam-Webster
unmarred as if fresh from a mint <in mint condition>
Random House Unabridged Dictionary
unused or appearing to be newly made and never used: a book in mint condition.
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
Undamaged as if freshly minted: The painting was in mint condition.
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as if new; "in mint condition"

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Post by The Master » Tue Oct 02, 2007 5:02 pm

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Post by Celebaglar » Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:03 pm

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