Acronyms on Gunbroker?

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Feb 7, 2008
Western Missouri, south of liberty
While perusing on Gunbroker, I keep seeing the acronym "MIB" used in the description header. I have no idea what "MIB" describes. Here's an example: MIB 1972 S&W 10-4 4" HEAVY BARREL .38 SPECIAL.... I understand that NIB stands for New In Box. I can't believe that it's just a typo; there are too many instances of MIB being used. The only other explanation I can think of, is that it's an 'out' for the seller; NIB is intimated with MIB and yet, NIB is never stated. Crafty, or am I reading too much into it? Please advise.

^^ Yep. Previously-fired, but in "mint" condition, essentially the same as "LNIB" (like new in box.)

EDIT: Could also mean new, under an expanded NRA description..

  • NEW IN BOX (NIB), or AS NEW:
    NIB means in the same condition as when the gun left the factory, with accompanying box, literature, and accessories. This is important to note, as older boxes may have substantial value in themselves. Purists will want the box to be the original box which that particular gun was shipped in (serial number was often penciled on the bottom or marked on the end of the box by the factory).
    As to the condition of the gun itself, the gun must be unfired and unused. Comparable terms expressing the same gun condition when not accompanied by box might include "AS NEW," "MINT," "PERFECT," or 100%." Even if the gun has never been fired, if the action has been worked to the extent that wear is visible, the value may be less that "NIB" or "AS NEW" to a collector. For example, the faint drag line that appears on the cylinder of a revolver that has been dry-fired a few times will reduce the value to less than "AS NEW" for a condition purist on an out of production revolver. This sort of general shop-wear to an otherwise new, current production gun will not matter to a buyer purchasing the gun to shoot. It rapidly becomes more important to a condition collector who wants a truly pristine example of an out-of-production piece.
    Generally this condition is seldom found in older antique guns, but an older antique gun that is NIB or AS NEW will bring substantial premium over antique Excellent condition - sometimes bringing double or more what the same model would bring in EXCELLENT condition.
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Once someone starts using an acronym and it appears to be accurately descriptive with few objections, then others copy it. Plus the cool factor using it. It's LNIB with the more upscale hint of "mint" which implies a more special, better item. Which they rarely are, but it's wordplay and advertisers who are better at it get more sales and use it more frequently. So then others copy it.

I think what really astounds me are gun buyers who take them out of the box, fire X number of rounds, literally one mag of less than a two digit number of cartridges, pack it up and it sits for years until they are now tired of it - doing what I don't know, they put less than nine rounds thru it, right?

Very few do that with new cars or a new wife . . .maybe it's because we can with a gun. There's a new listing almost every hour, tho.
Mint!! Why couldn't I think of that? It was so obvious! I've been emailing back and forth with Gunbroker regarding this; most of their emails arrive by Pony Express. Thanks everyone. Now I can sleep at night. I actually purchased a gun described as such and intended to ask the seller what MIB stood for, but forgot to. I think that gun was fired maybe 3 times.

I think they fired it at the factory 2 or 3 times; no getting around that. I'm happy with Mint.
The Pony Express arrived today and GunBroker is saying that "MIB" is a typo for NIB. Funny how MIB is the only typo on the page, in multiple instances. I'll go with "Mint". Thanks guys for your help.
If it's been fired it ain't mint. Look at coin descriptions. Shouldn't have even been handled.
"..."mint" should mean never fired..." It does, but not on auction sites where you're trying to sell used stuff as new stuff.
'Mint' actually means unfired, with no usage of any kind and exactly as it came out of the factory including the undamaged/unworn box and all the original paperwork(manuals and such).
I would have guess it was a simple typo. Did you ask the seller?
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