New to Second-Hand Trading? What does it all MEAN?

Are you looking to buy your first  baby carrier second hand? Are you looking to sell one for the first time? What does all the language mean, what do you need to disclose? Do you need to get a magnifying glass out and scan each item looking for nubs and then enumerate and photograph them minutely? Probably not- here’s some suggestions.

If you’re looking at a listing or looking to sell for the first time, there’s some language you’ll probably come across. This is my interpretation of it:

Brand New, In Box (BNIB): this means perfect condition unless otherwise specified. It hasn’t been worn, perhaps only to try on. There are no pulls, broken threads or anything of that sort- unless stated. There may be some slubs if this is normal for that item. If this terminology isn’t familiar to you, check here.

Excellent Used Condition (EUC): this means great condition, it has been worn. But there shouldn’t be any pulls or broken threads or marks unless stated.

Good Used Condition: a perfectly workable item, but not for those seeking a perfect item. There may be a few small pulls or a small mark.

Used Condition: it’s a workable item, but there may be a mark or two, perhaps broken threads. Straps may be faded, there may be pulls.

How do I list something accurately?

My suggestion is – list generally.

Rather than go over the item with a magnifying glass – state the item’s condition generally: “a few pulls”, “quite a few pulls”, “look, it’s been used, it’s not perfect!”. Any known flaws ought to be disclosed- pulls, broken threads, marks. If you are willing to sell for a little less with a lot less stress, simply state that the item has been used and may have a few small marks and pulled threads. Always err on the side of over-reporting rather than under-reporting problems.

What do I look for when buying?

Remember you’re buying a used baby item. Babies throw up. They explode out of their nappies in spectacular fashion. People use their wraps and carriers with keys in their hands and while they’re cooking! Be reasonable in your expectations- unless an item is stated to be in perfect condition, don’t expect it to be so. But neither should you accept that an item with 27 undisclosed pulls and a red cordial stain the size of your head is something in “excellent used condition”.

What do I do if I have a problem?

  1. Find out the difference between pulls, slubs and other small flaws. Some should be considered normal, depending on the item.
  2. Try and work it out with the other party. If a fault has not been disclosed and the buyer finds it on arrival, then usually a 10-15% discount is acceptable to both parties. If that isn’t acceptable, in the case of minor faults, the buyer usually pays postage back. If you’re the buyer, don’t wash the wrap- do photograph the problem.
  3. If that fails, contact admin who will try and help you.
  4. Have reasonable expectations: one or two undisclosed, otherwise unknown, small pulls in an entry-level used carrier is reasonable. It’s a used baby item. An undisclosed pull in an $800 wrap is worth discussing.

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