It was my understanding that ANIB box meant "as new in box" meaning the gun was new. LNIB being "like new in box" used more more items that are like new old stock. The item may have been handled or even purchased, but has not been fired outside the factory and there are no handling marks.There are different types of grading systems. For modern production stuff, the NRA has a set of terms: New, Excellent, Fine, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor. One of the problems with the terms is that the NRA uses the same set for antiques and the terms don't have the same meanings because the context is different.
I have also seen the percentage grading system used. The problem with that is while there can be consistency with firearms professionals, the vast majority of people don't know how to grade with percentages.
Both systems can be highly subjective and often unhelpful for the uninitiated. What one person thinks is 80% might seem heavily used to another person. The Blue Book of Gun Values lists a conversion chart from one system to the other, but the usefulness is debatable when "Good" condition from the NRA system can cover anything from 60% to 80% on the percentage system.
ANIB (Almost New In Box), LNIB (Like New In Box), etc. are commonly used terms in areas outside of firearms. While there is still the problem of subjectivity, most people know what is meant. The person bought it, maybe fired it a little, but otherwise looks pretty clean and is in excellent mechanical condition.
The grading systems predate the internet. With the widespread use of digital photos, one could argue that the buyers can find out a lot of what they want to know from the pictures. If the seller writes a description pointing out additional wear that does not show up in the pictures that is more useful than a simple estimate, i.e. Very Good / 90%.
As soon as you sign on the dotted line it's a used car.The first mile on a new car makes it a used car.
The first time you remove anything else from the box makes it used.
If I'm not the first one to put fingerprints on the gun, it's a used gun no matter how shiny.
These are my rules, I make them up.
Is there a "French" rating? Never been shot and only dropped once?More useful to me is a description which includes some data such as, "handled, never fired" or "never carried, fewer than 50 rounds fired" and so on.
Similarly with knives, "never carried, safe queen, no handling marks, never sharpened" etc.
Yes, and the same holds true for most sellers. Both are very subjective!Definition of 'Perceived Value'
The worth that a product or service has in the mind of the consumer. The consumer's perceived value of a good or service affects the price that he or she is willing to pay for it.
For the most part, consumers are unaware of the true cost of production for the products they buy. Instead, they simply have an internal feeling for how much certain products are worth to them. Thus, in order to obtain a higher price for their products, producers may pursue marketing strategies to create a higher perceived value for their products.