Book Quality Ratings

How do We rate the quality of our items?

Correctly assessing and representing the quality of our items is important to us. We understand our buys make their purchase decisions based on quality ratings.

The following guidelines are to be used by Deckle Edge Books to rate our items.

Item Quality – Books 

  • Brand NewRating_New
    • Never read or used
    • In perfect, mint, undamaged condition
    • Publisher’s remainder marks are acceptable
  • Like New  Rating_LikeNew
    • Used but still in perfect mint condition inside and out
  • Very Good Rating_VeryGood
    • Appears new from the outside with minimal marking inside
    • Books with these marks:
      • Autographs
      • Name of previous owner
      • Underlining on 10% of pages or less
      • Highlighting on 10% of pages or less
      • Institutional ID stamps and library checkout card pockets

Item Quality – Textbooks

  • Brand New Rating_New
    • Never read or used
    • In perfect, mint, undamaged condition
    • Publisher’s remainder marks are acceptable
    • All access codes for the book and the companion CD need to be valid for the buyer of the book
  •  Like New Rating_LikeNew
    • Used but still in perfect mint condition inside and out
    • Access codes for the book and the companion CD can be expired or no longer valid for the buyer of the book
      • CD doesn’t need to be sealed
      • CD can’t be scratched
  •  Very Good Rating_VeryGood
    • Companion CD must still be included if the book came with one
    • Books that still appear new from the outside with minimal marking inside
      • Name of previous owner
      • Underlining of 10% of pages or less
      • Highlighting of 10% of pages or less

Item Quality – Music, Movies, Video Games

  • Brand New Rating_New
    • Items must still be in manufacturer’s seal
    • Opened items can’t be listed in this category even if they were never used
  • Like New Rating_LikeNew
    • Opened and used items that still appear brand new
    • Must include all boxes, instructions, and artwork from manufacturer
  • Very Good Rating_VeryGood
    • Cases and boxes can show wear (scuffs, cracks, scratches)
    • DVD, CD, game disc, or game cartridge can’t be scratched or scuffed
    • Items must include all boxes, instructions, and artwork from manufacturer
    • CD jewel cases with promotion marks (saw cuts, punch-outs, drill holes, UPC strikes)