Excellent or Mint Condition
Excellent condition is also referred to as ‘mint’ or ‘as new’ condition and is largely used to describe items that are unwrapped but in the same condition that they were in when purchased new from the manufacturer. Items in this category have no stains, scratches discolouration or damage and display the relevant fire safety labels.
TIP: If you walked into retail premises, you would expect to buy this item for full price because it is in perfect condition.
Very Good Condition
Very good condition refers to an item that is practically as new. There are no real signs of wear and tear and the item is in perfect ‘working’ condition. Items in this category have no stains or scratches and any damage or discolouration is very minor and hardly noticeable unless pointed out. All items in this category must display the relevant fire safety labels.
TIP: If you walked into retail premises, you would expect to receive a small discount after pointing out a very minor fault; you would be happy to buy the item if you received 10% off the marked price.
Good condition items are normally in working order and have ‘life’ left in them. They show occasional signs of wear, but do not have any tears or heavy stains in the leather or fabric, or heavy scratches or damage. Good condition leather items will display the creases associated with use which are quite acceptable.
Poor condition items show signs of heavy wear or damage. They are items that are either approaching or at the end of their life.
Damaged or Broken
Damaged or broken items can still provide ‘parts’ for reuse such as handles and castors but in most cases they are recycled or go to landfill.