New eBayers are confronted with numerous acronyms. One of those most used and least understood is NOS.
NOS stands for "New Old Stock".
What is that? Generally-speaking, it applies to merchandise that has NEVER been sold, used or privately owned , has its original store tags, and often original prices as well, but is not CURRENT merchandise.
Where do sellers get New Old Stock?
Sellers can get New Old Stock from a variety of souces: from stores that have closed; from distributors that have gone out of business; from stock warehouses; from wholesale auction lots. That just to name a few.
Just how "old" is New Old Stock"?
This is debateable. It can be as new as last year's model, or 10, 20, 30 and more years. Oftentimes, sellers themselves have no clue exactly how "old" the stock is and therefore simply list it as new, since they don't want to be accused of listing a vintage item in a specific vintage category for which it does not fit. So, even though an item is listed in the NEW category, it could still be New Old Stock. If a seller knows FOR SURE an item is a specific age, it will generally be listed in that specific "Vintage" category, e.g. "Mod" dresses, '70s".
What are some of the reasons to buy New Old Stock?
Often you can get a brand new, unused item for a lot less money than a similar item would be if it were current. You can find more unique, one-of-a-kind items. Older items can be MUCH HIGHER QUALITY than the current counterpart.
What are some of the reasons NOT to buy New Old Stock?
Warrantees may have expired, item may not be perfect, due to age (e.g. fading, parts sticking, etc.). A seam on a dress be stressed from it being tried on repeatedly at the store, or perhaps a button loose. For the most part, you are very safe buying New Old Stock. Just READ the description carefully, do your homework, and know exactly what you're getting. If you have questions, ASK YOUR SELLER.
ANOTHER PROBLEM, especially when it comes to apparel and shoes is SIZE. Older items are not sized the same as current items. A size 8 vintage dress, could be equivalent to a current size 4 or 6. So, if you are considering an apparel item, READ, READ, READ the measurements. I cannot stress this enough. And if something isn't clear, ASK YOUR SELLER.
Will PayPal cover problems on New Old Stock?
Yes. You are protected. If the seller says the item works, but you find it doesn't, you are covered, regardless of how old it is.
How Do Know the Item Isn't Fake?
One more thing regarding DESIGNER ITEMS: DO NOT ASSUME that just because your New, Unworn, Vintage item LOOKS different than this season's counterpart that it is a Fake or Knock-off and the seller is trying to defraud you. Designers change logo design,logo placement, materials, styles, colors, even location of manufacturing, etc. throughout the years, and just because your brand new Coach bag doesn't have the "C" all over it, doesn't mean it's not authentic. If you want to show off your good taste to your friends by purchasing items with logos written all over them, then purchasing NEW OLD STOCK is not for you. On the other hand, the older items (which are often more understated) are notoriously MUCH BETTER QUALITY. Take your pick.
DON'T BE AFRAID to buy an item that just happens to be New Old Stock. For many sellers, dealing in New Old Stock is their bread-and-butter and they will stand by their service and items as much if not more than sellers of brand new, current items, who have tons more just like it and don't have as much to lose by taking an item back and sending a replacement or sending the defective one back to the distributor for a credit. You could get an excellent buy on a quality item that's as individual as you are.
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