I started to post this in “trader feedback” section, but it did not fit within the rules (Mods move as appropriate), so here goes:
I decided to post this because overall I have had a positive trade experience. But, even when I have given positive feedback, I have had one particular consistent issue with several people, that has now turned into a pet peeve. People are describing throws as “mint,” when they are clearly not in mint condition. I decided to make a post, because I have the belief that all these people are not being inaccurate on purpose. They likely do not know the true definition of “mint.” Therefore, I decided to post here so that people can be informed of what that really means.
A yo-yo that has even a tiny hairline scratch, or tiny knick, is not a mint condition yo-yo. Any slight mark, however slight, renders the yo-yo in a condition other than “mint.” It may still be proper in that case to describe the yo-yo as being in “great” condition or “very good” condition or even “excellent” condition for a used yo-yo. Then, simply detail the extent of the minor damage involved and take a photo. Even if the yo-yo came to you brand new with damage on it, you should list the damage.
I pulled out my dictionary to get the definition of “mint.” “Mint” in this context, is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as:
“being in it’s original, unused condition, as if newly made.”
Therefore, if you do not have a yo-yo that looks brand new, you should describe it in a way other than the word “mint.” I do not have 20/20 vision, and within ten seconds of receiving a yo-yo, I can spot the damage on it if there is any damage. I believe others can too, and those who cannot, should look at the yo-yo under light or use a magnifying glass to inspect it thoroughly before they describe it in a post. Or, use another set of eyes to make sure and have someone else look at it too.
I think if we clear this up, there will be a lot less people disappointed with transactions. I want to be one of them. I have not made a big deal of this because when it has happened, the damage has been relatively minor. It just helps to know ahead of time what to expect, and it is more fair to properly negotiate a price for the used yo-yo.
Was I the only one having this issue?