Product Conditions

New, Old or New Old?

As so many of the items we sell are either old, out-of-print or pre-owned it is important for us to use some sort of reliable scale to give an indication of the condition. A book may have sat on the shelf in a shop for 20 years – but it is still “new”. Some of the items which pass through our hands were review copies. The box may have been opened and the contents examined but remains “unused”.

Within this context we use the following terms to describe the condition of items found on this site:

  • New: A brand new, unopened item.
  • As New (Opened): A new item which has been opened but is unused. This may just be the removal of the cellophane wrapping to examine the contents. In some instances the contents may have been separated from their original supports/sprues/cards. In all other respects the condition of the components is as close to new as is possible.
  • New (Old): This description often applies to books – especially when they have been storred for some time. It can also be applied to boxed items where storrage has aged the box.
  • Used: An item that has been used to some degree.

Ultimately, the main question is has the product been used for the purpose it was intended? For example, has the boardgame been played? Has the book been read. If the answer to this is no then the item will be described as new (opened).

In all cases we provide notes on the condition of the item. Please read them carefully. If the description is short then there simply isn’t anything of note to say. However, please be assured it is never our intention to mislead or pass something off as new when clearly it is not.


Always study the accompanying photos. What You See Is What You Get!