Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (or something equally profound) and the same can be said for condition. What someone may class as being in ‘great condition’ someone a bit more fussy may consider to be ‘below par’.
This is why, when it comes to grading your item(s) for part-exchange we use a simple ‘out-of-ten’ system which allows us to provide a fast, accurate valuation for your equipment. So, what rating should you give? In this guide we look at what a score “out-of-ten” really means and how you should rank your goods:
10/10 “Brand New”
Your item is 10/10 if it has never been used and comes in the original, undamaged, box with all original accessories.
Example: Any brand new item that is still wrapped in cellophane or sealed.
9/10 “As New”
An item in 9/10 condition has had little use and shows no signs of wear-and-tear. All original accessories are included along with the original box and all the original packaging. A unit in 9/10 condition will have no cosmetic marks or defects.
Example: A pair of monitor speakers that are 3 months old and have been installed in a studio from new. There are no marks and the speakers are in their original wrapping and boxes.
A unit in 8/10 condition has no significant marks/scratches but may show minor signs of use. The unit will be fully working with all original accessories but may be missing some of the original packaging.
Example: A DJ controller with original box and packaging that is a year old but has only used at home and has just a few tiny marks on the fascia.
7/10 “Very Good”
A 7/10 condition item unit has light marks/scratches and shows some signs of wear but has no physical damage or significant defects. Essential accessories are included (such as power supply). Box and original packaging may not be present but unit is fully working.
Example: A PA amplifier that has been used in a flight case for mobile discos. There is marks on the rack ears and a few light scratches on the top where it has been mounted but it is fully working with no other heavy marks or dents. The power cable is included but there is no original box.
A used item in 6/10 condition has a number of signs of use including some cosmetic marks/scuffs/scratches but no damage. The item is fully working but may be missing some accessories and packaging.
Example: A pair of ABS active speakers that are fully working. There are some scuffs to the cabinets and a scratch on one grill but no dents or cracks. The original boxes aren’t included.
A unit in 5/10 condition should be fully working but may display a number of signs of wear-and-tear. Small physical defeats are permitted and there may be some/all packaging and accessories missing. An “acceptable” unit can still be used for its intended purpose.
Example – A DJ mixer that has been used in a club. There is significant wear around the crossfader and 2 channel eq. knobs are missing, there is a small dent in one side and some minor scratches but everything works as it should.
4/10 “Below Average”
A below average unit has a number of cosmetic defects including scratches, scuffs and possibly light external damage. The unit will be working and suitable for its original purpose. A 4/10 unit may not have original box or accessories.
Example: A pair of carpeted speakers that are 3 years old and have been used for mobile discos. There is a tear in the carpet on one speaker and the other has a minor dent in the front grill. The speakers have seen some action and there are plenty of marks and scuffs but all the drivers work ok.
A poor condition unit will work but may not have all its’ original parts/features or functions. Cosmetically a poor unit will have a number of heavy marks or scratches and also damage that doesn’t affect usage (rust, external dents etc.)
Example: A older halogen-style lighting effect. This light has been on tour and the case is dented and has gone rusty. The bulb has blown but otherwise it works ok.
2/10 “Very Poor”
A unit in very poor condition will require attention before it can be re-used. Minor faults such as faulty buttons, faders and lamps are permitted but the unit will power on etc. Cosmetic condition is poor with significant number of heavy marks, scratches and dents. The unit may be missing a power supply and other accessories.
Example: A Technics turntable that has been removed from a nightclub. This thing has been very well used and is covered in scratches. The target light is missing, there is no cart and the tone arm is bent. The lid was lost years ago and the start/stop button needs to be hit with a hammer to work. Amazingly though the platter still rotates as it should and, with work, the Turntable can be bought back to life.
1/10 “Spares or Repair”
A unit that has faults that will need repairing before the item can be used. Replacement parts may be required to bring the unit back to full functionality or the unit may not power on. Cosmetic condition of spares/repair units varies.
Example: A power amplifier with a faulty channel. The amp is in average condition having been used on the road and has a number of marks and scratches. Will need repairing before it can be used again. There is no box or accessories.
0/10 “Spares Only”
A ‘Spares Only’ item will have an irreparable fault and is suitable only for use as parts. There may be parts missing already or significant damage to the unit that prevents its use. Cosmetic damage will be poor and the unit is to be considered ‘beyond economical repair’.
Example: A Pioneer CDJ which has suffered liquid damage and now doesn’t power on. The condition is poor and it now smells of beer. There is no life at all and the play and cue buttons have already been salvaged for use on another unit. There is little change that the unit will ever work again but may have usable parts.