Good, Fair, Excellent, or even New: How we determine used gear’s condition.
Lately, consignment submissions have been through the roof! People are happily choosing the convenient option to send us their stuff to sell for them rather than listing it themselves. And we’re happy to do it!
When we receive an item, one of the first things we need to do is assess its condition so we can establish a fair price. Here’s a quick reference so you know as a seller, whether you’re listing items yourself or having us list them for you!
This is the most cut-and-dry product condition. Only unused gear with tags and original packaging gets this distinction. You can list an item as new if you’ve tried it on, as long as it still has its tags, packaging, and looks perfectly new. Gear that’s essentially in new condition should fetch the highest price.
These items are a lot like new, showing no signs of wear or tear, but may have been used lightly. If they were, the seller took great care and kept the item squeaky-clean. Everything needs to work perfectly, but it doesn’t have its original tags or packaging.
Much of the used gear landing on the site falls into this category. The gear is completely usable, but has some obvious signs of use, like little scratches, wear marks, slight stains, etc.
This is the minimum standard for gear we’ll sell. The item may show signs of lots of use, or it may be rather old. But, it still is functional and would come in handy for someone out there. (Note, we don’t take any gear that’s broken, missing pieces, etc.)
Also, items are judged slightly differently depending on whether they’re hardgoods (skis, boards, boots, goggles, camp equipment, etc.) or soft goods (clothing). Hardgoods are bound to have a few more cosmetic scratches and whatnot, yet can still be completely usable.
We hope this helps give you guidance as you list and consign items. And, if you have any questions about what the expectations are for consignment items (as far as condition, cleanliness, and more) simply refer to our article on it!
Thanks, and happy selling. We love seeing all this gear going to great homes rather than languishing in someone’s closer or, worse, a landfill. So keep selling, buying, and taking this UnNew stuff out for great adventures.
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It is now easier than ever to sell your gear on Geartrade. With our new Consignment Selling option you can finally reclaim your gear closet. Send it in. We take care of the rest.