What does MiB mean?

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  1. Nightscream

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    What does "Mint In Box" mean to you? Do you have any suggestions for more nuanced abbreviations?

    Personally, I sometimes add "true" before MiB if the figure is flawless and twist ties and anything else that came with the figure is still in the box. I call it "MiB" if it has the insert (for G1), but is missing some paperwork or the figure has wear. I just call it "boxed" if it does not have the insert.
     
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    "Mint in Box" to me means the toy is in immaculate condition inside the box, with all inserts and everything, but the box has been opened and the toy taken out for display once or twice.
    "Mint in Sealed Box" to me, means completely sealed, factory-new, contents never touched by human hands since it left the factory.
     
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    I agree with this, that MIB is that the toy was only taken out (for an example with a TF ) transformed once or twice and then put back in the box. For me for a toy to be MIB it doesn't need to have twisties still on or in the box but all the contents ie: instructions, catalog, poster, and all accessories are still in the box.
     
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    i always thoughts it meant Men in Black....

    :p 


    but really, i'd say a c-9-10 fig in an opened box, complete
     
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    Realisticly, a figure that has all parts and paperwork in its box. That's it.

    Ideally, everything would be C9+. A (former) display piece, transformed a few times and that's it.

    Twisties not included in either definition. I mean how many people would save them, let alone put them back on? I cut all mine to get the figure out anyway.
     
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    damn beating to the Men In Black joke..

    *uses neuralizer on thread*

    MIB = Men In Black

    To me MIB means that it can be opened, but is still twistied in and had all paper work with it.

    MISB means it is sealed..
     
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    Exactly.

    I love it when some auctions include this lovely little one:

    MI(S)B.

    Please, you opened it. It's MIB.
     
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    guys at sgcollect like to joke abt dodgy auctions "mint i seal back".

    XD
     
  9. Backpack

    Backpack Scattershot who?

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    For me it's just a tag line to help me find what I'm looking for. Going through ebay "MIB" means nothing close to what it should. Many auctions that use the term barely even come close. What's worse is how many times sellers use "MISB", and the item has been openned.

    Personally I feel it should have a leteral meaning... mint...untouched/perfect ... in the box. A vintage TF with stickers applyed can not be called mint anymore.

    Dispite that, I use MIB the way it's generally used. I say I have MIB vintage G1 collection. Guess MIB is now used to get across a basic idea of.... hey, it looks pretty good for being 20 years old.
     
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    I use MIB for being complete in the box, and thats what I expect when I buy items MIB. If Im looking for items in really good condition (which I dont usually care about condition) I get them MISB.
     
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    To me MINT means a flawless figure, despite how much it's been played with or displayed if it's still flawless it's mint. the I.B. means it comes in a box, box condition can be anything.
     
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    I do.

    I wouldn't consider them necessary for a MIB tag by any means, but I have been known to save one or two depending on the figure. Not ALL of them, just enough to hold the figure more or less in the position it was originally in the box.
    Generally, I cut all the annoying little ones that hold like, fingers or some shit, in place and untwist/save 1-2 that wrap all the way around the figure/through the plastic tray.
     
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    Wow. I just figured they'd be too much of a pain to put back in. Though I never tried, I was just going by how much a pain they are to take out. *shrug*
     
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    C9 or better, opened. MIB is overly used, often times incorrectly. So many times an auction says MIB but the item is C7 or less. But, I guess alot of people just throw the MIB (or sometimes MISB) so that you click on the auction or so it shows up on searches when people search for MIB. False advertisement? Yeah, but what can you do. I guess it's kinda like people putting Prime on auctions where they are not even selling any Primes. It's just so it shows up on searches since Prime is a popular search word.
     
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    I usually save a few, in case I want to put the fig back in the bubble securely and display it MIB
    Or some figs I don't like much , so they end up looking better back in their box . So someone else can also eventually discover that they suck.hehe

    It is alot of hassle though, especially with big TF's like Unicron, agh!
    They're so frikn loud taking out at night when everyones asleep. Have to cough a few times to camoflauge the sounds .Many times i just want to snip em all.
     
  16. Backpack

    Backpack Scattershot who?

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    I've been saving boxes relgiously since Armada. (in truth it's been since BW... but I bought so few of them I don't really think about it). I keep every thing except the little rubberbands.

    I also kept the cards( bubble still partially intact) from BW, RID, and now Cybertron.

    Hell, I even keep the new ALT boxes and I truely hate them.
     
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    I keep all my boxes and cardbacks, but all bubbles or plastic trays must die!
     
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    To me MIB means:

    Rule 1: Unapplied stickers and COMPLETE with all paperwork.
    Rule 2: Untouched and still in the bubble.

    I have bought several of these that were NEVER transformed because they've never been removed from their bubble. I don't know how or why they end up like this, but I prefer them to the MISB figures simply because they cost a lot less.
     
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    Yeah! I was almost conned too! Their version of MISB means "Mint I sealed back"! I kid you now!:D 
     
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    Damn...I'm much stricter. To me, MIB means the toy is completely mint with all contents, rubber bands, twisties and everything. Tape and sealed bubbles may be cut in order to remove the toy, but twisties and rubber bands should be intact.
     

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