In light of recent back to back transactions in which major flaws in items that I bought here were not mentioned in the ad, I felt like posting a reminder here. I'm not sure if this was the proper place for it, but it pertains to gear swapping.
The first item was a shirt I purchased, in which the ad stated it was in "excellent condition". I receive the shirt and find two large stains on the side, as well as a main zipper that is on its last legs. There is literally a one inch section where the teeth do not even lock together. Needless to say, this shirt was not in "excellent condition"
Second, a recent tent purchase in which, once again, the tent is listed as being in "excellent condition" as we'll as having "no rips or tears". The tent arrives, and to my surprise, the first thing I notice on the rain fly is a half dollar sized patch. Can you guess why that was there? To repair a tear! Next, I notice the huge black sharpie X on the rain fly, tent, and bag. I don't necessarily care that an item came from a REI garage sale, but it would be really nice to know that there are huge permanent marker X's on the tent. And to top it all off, I set up the tent and find a whole bunch of dried grass, sand, and other material inside the tent.
I shared this to shed light on the importance of accurately and correctly listing the condition of a piece of gear. Nobody likes nasty surprises like that. I can understand missing a minor flaw, a pinhole, whatever. Nobody is perfect, everybody makes mistakes. But on the other hand, not mentioning major flaws can get somebody fired up.
Listing an item as "like new" or "excellent condition" means just that. It should look like it just rolled off of a store shelf, or it should show very little wear and tear. There are terms such as "good" or "fair" condition as well. Last but not least, please be courteous enough to not ship somebody dirty gear. Although it took me all of 5 minutes to clean out the tent I bought, it's the principle of it.