New and Used Books: A Look Into How Condition Is Determined
If you’re wondering how I decide what condition a book is in, here you’ll find a detailed description of the guidelines I use! As a general rule of thumb I attempt to use the same requirements as all popular booksellers such as Amazon, Biblio, Bookshop.org and many more.
For New & Used Books:
New: A brand-new copy with cover and original protective wrapping intact. Books with markings of any kind on the cover or pages, books marked as “Bargain” or “Remainder,” or with any other labels attached, may not be listed as New condition.
Like New: Item may have minor cosmetic defects (marks, wears, cuts, bends, crushes) on the cover, spine, pages or dust cover. Dust cover is intact and pages are clean and not marred by notes. Item may contain remainder marks on outside edges. Item may be missing bundle media.
Very Good: Item may have minor cosmetic defects (marks, wears, cuts, bends, crushes) on the cover, spine, pages or dust cover. Shrink wrap, dust covers, or boxed set case may be missing. Item may contain remainder marks on outside edges, which should be noted in listing comments. Item may be missing bundled media.
Good: All pages and cover are intact (including the dust cover, if applicable). Spine may show signs of wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. May include “From the library of” labels. Shrink wrap, dust covers, or boxed set case may be missing. Item may be missing bundled media.
Acceptable: All pages and the cover are intact, but shrink wrap, dust covers, or boxed set case may be missing. Pages may include limited notes, highlighting, or minor water damage but the text is readable. Item may but the dust cover may be missing. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting, but the text cannot be obscured or unreadable.
For Collectible Books:
To be considered collectible, a book should be unique in a way that could reasonably be assumed to increase the book’s value to a collector such as first editions and first printings; signed, inscribed or rare copies; as well as advance reading copies and uncorrected proofs of out-of-print books.
Like New: All pages and the cover are intact. The dust jacket is intact, if applicable, with no noticeable or very tiny nicks or flaws. Spine has no signs of creasing. Book may have very small but virtually unnoticeable flaws
Very Good: Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. Spine shows no sign of creasing. Dust jacket, if applicable, shows signs of some rubbing or chipping.
Good: All pages and the cover are intact, including the dust jacket, if applicable. Spine may show signs of wear. Generally, books in Good condition are not considered to be collectible grade.
Acceptable: A readable copy showing significant wear. Dust jacket may be missing. For all but the rarest items, books in Acceptable condition are not considered to be collectible grade.
You should also know..
Each book is stored and handled directly by me. It is gently cleaned and thoroughly examined for optimal description details. I also include as many pictures as possible so you can be certain of what you are purchasing. Please su*****@ch*********.com">email me with any further questions on how I handle your books!
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