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FACTORY ORIGINAL MANUALS
section of our site.
Since our main business is top quality Reproduction Manuals,
be sure to mention ORIGINAL when purchasing or inquiring.
Factory Original Manuals - Quality Scale
We are perfectly willing to tell every minor detail regarding all
flaws of any kind in our Factory Original Manuals. However, to do that
would take a "very" long time. We provide the following as a guide and
have (or will) individually apply it to every item. This IS NOT like on
eBay where many sellers will say it's in MINT condition while a
picture clearly shows writing, coffee stains, etc. If you clearly
understand most of these items are 10-40+ years old, you should be
thrilled with our highly conservative condition ratings.
We have looked these manuals over pretty carefully and guarantee
our conservative and INDIVIDUALLY ASSIGNED quality ratings. The
condition ratings are considered in the pricing. Buy with confidence
because if we have made a mistake, we will make it right with you.
Some manuals may have a comment such as: "Can’t tell - May (or not) be
a factory reprint manual." This means we can't tell because it is
identical to our one "never sell" original AND has something about it
that is not generally the same as the majority of manuals from the
same company. This could be style of construction method, type of
paper used, print quality, etc. If it is clear to us that it is a
factory reprint, then we comment it as "Factory Reprint." and the
price code will have already been adjusted to reflect that.
We have some models commented with # of pages. It may be a specific #
like "40 pages" or like "40+ pages". If a + is there, it simply means
someone here looked at the last printed page # and it
was obvious that there were more. ie. pullouts numbered as 1 instead
of 2 pages, pages with no numbers, inserts, etc. The 40+ example may
really be 60 or more pages. We know that there are errors in these #
of pages comments and will fix them as soon as time allows.
selling these as collectibles, not as surplus commodity items.
Generally speaking, our Price Codes for Factory Original Literature
does have some relationship to Price Codes for our normal
reproductions... BUT... Original Literature Price Codes ARE NOT
based on the number of pages.
||PERFECT! - As new. No writing, tech shop name/address stamped, stains,
dirt, wrinkles, rips, torn pages, etc. These certainly would be what most folks would
call Mint. We don't because that's probably the most over-used word in
the online selling world. Heck... most eBay sellers would describe their
item as Mint if it comes close to meeting our Good rating below.
||NEARLY PERFECT. - Any of the above conditions in a VERY MINOR
Likely (but not necessarily) to have model written on front (usually)
along the spine, or a "received date" stamp, or tech shop address stamp on cover. Most likely
defect would be covers that are slightly imperfect in some way (model
#, stamp, light dirt stain or such).
||OVERALL CLEAN - (especially the interior) but does have some combination
of the following: model number written along the spine or top of
front cover, minimal technician notes or corrections (part numbers most
likely), underlining, dealer stamped, light dirt or stains or normal effects
caused by aging and/or wear and tear. DEFINITELY NOTHING EXCESSIVE.
||May have any or all of the above conditions to a greater degree, but
again, not excessively. The interior may be Very Good or possibly Excellent
but covers are less attractive (more damaged in some manner).
||Any of the above mentioned flaws to an even greater degree. The interior
pages "may" be Very Good or better but most likely, it is more "used looking"
inside. It also might be an "original" company produced reprint manual of less than
stellar quality. If the item appears to be a reprint manual, our
description will say so.
||Probably fully intact but has any or all of the above conditions to
much greater degree. Our description will note if we think anything is
missing. Or it might be an "original" factory reprint" manual
of less than stellar quality.