Let's Define "mint" And "rare"
Posted 07 August 2004 - 01:33 PM
I mean...it's really bad when there are 3 of the same solids listed for sale at the same time and each seller describes their item as "RARE."
The other word "MINT" is used to describe solids wo/original packaging and those that are empty, etc.
Perhaps it's just me (but I don't think it is) but these 2 words are meaningless when it comes to ebay descriptions.
Would love to hear what others think.
BTW...if someone discovers an EL solid on ebay that is truly "RARE" I'd love to know about it. So far...pretty much nothing in the rare category on ebay that I've seen. However, I do consider my recent slot machine purchase on ebay as well as my carrousel and dragon purchases from private parties to fit the definition of both "rare" and "MIB."
Posted 07 August 2004 - 01:50 PM
MINT to me is a solid in its original box with outer white box, full of perfume and label in other words never been touched or taken out of the box (except for photo of course!)
I agree these words are used too freely but we always know better!
Posted 07 August 2004 - 11:07 PM
There was also a seller who used "MIB" in the item titles quite a bit, but there was no mention of the box in the descriptions nor in the photos. I asked the seller if it had the box, and the response was that it did not. I pressed further as to why it said MIB in the item titles, which th reply back was MIB meant "Mint In Bag." That is stretching it a little if you ask me (and misleading)... Sorry if this person is a member on this site, but I did not agree with that.
Posted 08 August 2004 - 09:39 AM
Posted 08 August 2004 - 10:09 AM
Posted 08 August 2004 - 11:03 AM
Posted 08 August 2004 - 05:58 PM
I will have to agree with Martha's dictionary description on the word - that would be my expectation on the solid.
I wouldn't apologise on disagreeing with anyone who misused and mistreated the word. Obviously if you know it's an odd usage of the word or MIB letters, then you would take that seller and that item with a grain of salt. It's rubbish they would be selling.
So they should perhaps describe it as R.I.B. (Rubbish in Box).
Good luck!! You know the 'good sellers', so stick with them and support them and hope the others give up or go bust!!
We are trying to protect the name and items as collectables here, so really, try to leave the 'junk' to others.
Posted 11 August 2004 - 04:42 AM
Posted 11 August 2004 - 11:46 AM
I understand your point, but history has shown that if you are saving something as a collectible, it will be worth more with the original box. If you don't care about the highest value in the future, it doesn't matter.
What I am not clear on is why it is important to save the solid perfume. It gets yucky inside the compact after several years. Anyone???
Posted 11 August 2004 - 02:55 PM
The perfume still smells lovely. I found an old Moonsilver solid that the seller had tried to clean out in order to sell it as a pillbox, the necklace part was removed by the same reason. Anyhow, it still had a distinct air of perfume around it, so I couldn't resist buying it. The perfume is what I like so much about the solid perfume compacts and what made me start collect them. I also collect powder compacts beacuse of the interiors with mirrors and especially when they have different compartments for powder, rouge and lipstick. I'm not at all found of empty pill boxes, I want to find something when I open the lid.
Posted 13 August 2004 - 10:18 PM
I also do not purchase them without the box for this reason - I cannot afford more than one of any given solid, and I know that if I purchase one without the box I will eventually come across the same solid with the box and feel I wasted $$ on the first one because I will just HAVE to buy the one with a box. If I could afford to have more than one of each solid, I probaby wouldn't mind the 2nd without a box and have it strictly to display.
Regarding the perfume, I agree that, to me anyway, without it it is just a box, not a solid perfume.
On a different note, I came across some solids on ebay that had the solid pictured with the box, but then at the bottom of the auction it stated that it was the solid only, no box, no perfume. Again, very misleading!
Posted 14 August 2004 - 10:16 AM
Posted 15 August 2004 - 07:08 AM
Hi Lori, you could do what lots of collectors do and 'upgrade'. If you like a solid and it doesn't have a box buy it, if it's a good price. Then, if you later get one MIB, you can sell your old one and that helps to pay for the new one. Makes sense doesn't it?
Posted 15 August 2004 - 01:22 PM
Nancy, I agree with you!
Posted 15 August 2004 - 07:11 PM
Lori, Yes I also bought one of the boxes as I had bought the solid on E-Bay & it only had its gold box & I prefer all my solids to be Mint with both the boxes. Unfortunately for me the Australian Customs opened the parcel & in re-packing didn't put the lid of the outer box on properly (which was the one I purchased it for) & it arrived broken - No-one of course would take any responsibility so I was out of pocket & no better off! One of the many problems we Aussies have buying solids unfortunately.
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