Reselling Tips and Tricks - How to Determine if My Device is in Mint Condition, or if it is just in Excellent Condition

What does it mean to have a device in mint condition?

While buying and selling devices online, we often come across the phrase ‘device is in mint condition’. As soon as we read it, we expect it to be in a good condition. However, mint doesn’t necessarily mean good or excellent condition as good or excellent conditions can mean different things for different people. Mint, however, is a term with an on point and precise meaning. ‘Mint’ literally means ‘perfect’. It means that the device is in a condition as if it just came out of the factory. When you, as a seller, are labelling your device as ‘mint’, it means that it is scratch free, in perfect shape, and with no internal or circuit defects. When you say a device is in ‘mint’ condition you mean it is in the best possible condition it could be.

Why we use mint instead of good or excellent?

As a buyer it is difficult to differentiate between the terms: ‘the device is in a mint condition’ and ‘the device is in a good/excellent condition’. So, here is the answer: Anyone who has know-how of the jargon, will consider ‘mint’ as a device which is completely perfect.

For example, If a phone has no internal or circuit damages but has a few scratches on it, then it will be called a phone with ‘good/excellent’ condition but not mint.

Similarly, if a phone has a body that is perfectly well and in shape, but has some issue with the earphones jack, or a broken charging pin, then you might call it a phone in good condition, but not mint.


From a seller’s perspective: A proper condition grading can make difference of a few dollars in the Selling Price:


When you are selling a device, especially online you need to be very careful with the words you choose to describe your device. You want to attract themaximum number of real buyers. By real buyers, we mean the people who are looking for exactly what you are offering.

A device in ‘mint condition’ and that in ‘good/excellent condition’ has different impressions on the buyer. Hence, choose the term carefully before associating it with your product online. A device in a mint condition is obviously sold for a price higher than the one in good/excellent condition. Therefore, be very particular when you are selling a mint condition device and do not call it just ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.

From a buyer’s perspective: Reading between the lines is important before you decide to buy a device:

When you are looking for and willing to pay for a mint condition device, you need to be careful. This means you should buy a device on which you cannot find a single scratch, even with a magnifying glass. It should be as if you just bought it directly from the factory. A seller writing ‘mint condition device’ is obviously charging a few bucks more than others. Hence, when you are paying that price, make sure your device is perfectly fine from inside out.

An excellent device is one in which you can find a minor damage when you look at it closely or use it. A good condition phone can be anything. It might even have a clearly visible scratch or a damaged port. Hence, pay careful attention to what the seller is promising in the description.