My Favorite Ebay Seller Expression


Pristine for its age.


Mint condition for its age.


Great condition for its age.


From what I’ve seen, usually used by someone who never saw another copy of the item to compare it with. They’ve never been to a museum and seen a pristine item from 2000 B.C. Or, as usual, in love with their listing.





It’s a way for the seller to justify an inferior quality patch. Pristine means pristine… that’s it. Age does not make a ratty patch “pristine”.

Now old patches that are pristine are increasingly rare. Collectors should expect to pay more for a truly pristine older patch. Part of that is due to natural deterioration of textiles over time. Part is due to poor storage practices and habits of former owners.

By johnpannell on November 8th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

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