Gear Condition Explained
Used, Ex-Demo, B-Stock... What Does It Mean
So you're looking for high quality used professional audio and visual equipment, you've bound to have seen the terms; B-Stock, Ex-Demo, Mint, Excellent and so on used before but you're not 100% sure what condition a B-Stock or Mint item truly translates into.
In order to help with this GDS have created a simple but concise system for classification of quality; we want you to have a crystal clear picture of what to expect when you buy a used product from GDS.
In addition we will always try to provide as many pictures and as much information, history and detailed descriptions as possible to help you know exactly what condition and quality the product is in.
GDS has multiple classifications to describe conditions, from B-Stock at the top all the way down to fair. We've put together some guidelines below to explain what each condition means so it's easier for you to find the quality for your equipment.
The factors that determines a products' condition rating are closely tied to the type and age of gear being referred to.
A couple of scuffs or marks on the bottom of a loudspeaker casing isn't going be a major issue for anyone, especially if you are made aware prior to purchase. However scuffs on the face of an LED screen will significantly impact it's condition and desirability.
Age is also a huge consideration in terms of what people expect and tolerate. An amplifier made 10 years ago can't expect to be held to the same condition as one made recently but may still be excellent condition for its age and comparable items.