Originally Posted by wuwhere
Here's the other thing that I notice, "no pets, non-smoking". Please I don't want to be shot at for mentioning it here, I respect everyone's likes and dislikes. What I'm curious is do they really make a difference in the final price of the item for sale? There could be haggling in the background, "look man no wild animal has laid eyes on these headphones, no Camel sucking dude has listened to these babies".
I know with my dog, her shedding is enough that it could present a problem to various headphones (electrostats being a prime example), but I keep her out of my listening room (she doesn't actually go up/down the stairs anymore, so even if she were allowed, she wouldn't), and it has no hair in it (and I've never gotten complaints about that). Beyond the functional issues, if there's pet dander on the product and a potential buyer is allergic, that's really problematic.
With smoking it's a different story altogether - if you sit and smoke like a chimney with your headphones on, they will reek to non-smokers. But you probably won't even notice it. That said, I see a lot of "look at me, I'm selling a used car" tactics go on as well (I've seen a lot of "owned by a responsible adult and only driven to church on Sunday" type ads over the years), which I think is just the result of used car sales and people's experiences there (it isn't really bad, it's just an interesting "piece" that usually works its way into classified ads, even when it doesn't really apply (or isn't entirely true)).
But I agree with vid - things like fragrances, smoking, etc should be mentioned. For example I have an air freshener/oil diffuser thing in my listening area (I like it), and I try to remember to mention that when I've sold headphones in the past (it's very subtle, but I'm sure if you were sensitive, you'd notice it for the first day or two upon receiving your cans - again, I've never had someone come back and say "hey man, that obob guy sold me some cans, and they really stink!"). I think it's just the result of the personal nature of headphones - it's like selling a hat or something.
The one that always makes me giggle is "from a child-free home" or similar - really I don't see what children in the same general vicinity will do to damage cans or equipment (and if it's been legitimately destroyed in an accident, you have no business selling it), and I know there's at least a few head-fiers who have some majorly high end stuff (not just headphones, but big-rigs) and little ones, and I can't honestly say I've ever seen the "my kids just trashed my [expensive thing]" thread here - I've seen "rabbits have eaten my power cables," "my cat chewed my headphone cord," and "my puppy chewed my headphone cord" but never kids. I've seen it on other forums though. So I don't know what that says about children, but honestly unless you're handing your 4 year old the cans to use I don't think there's any difference (especially if you consider some Head-Fi'ers are only like 16-17 anyways, and ostensibly are taking care of their stuff).
As far as the original question goes, the whole "like new" thing - I think "gently used" would probably be a better term, but that's been so perverted by thrift shops (which are usually selling "trashed" stuff as "gently used" (I loathe double-speak)). I'm just thinking about my personal collection of cans - I'd feel fine declaring them all "like new" or "gently used" as none of them have ever been dropped, scuffed, scratched, etc - they don't have tears or runs in the pads, they don't have knicks or dings in the material (plastic/wood/etc). I keep things in cases and very gently and cautiously use them. And I think there's a lot of people who have that "listening room style" usage of headphones, and that's probably what you get with the expensive headphones most of the time. In contrast to "I take this on the train with me" - and to give you an example there, my IEMs (which have survived five years of that), have all of the lettering rubbed off, scratches in their aluminum outer shells, and the PDP has some scratches on it too. It isn't "zippo style" but it certainly is nowhere approaching BNIB.