~*~ Grading Ponies ~*~
Condition is very
important in determining a pony's worth.
I give ponies two grades - the first is "display
condition", which is basically what it looks like on
the shelf two feet away. The second one is the
"actual condition", what the pony looks like after
you pick it up & inspect it closely.
In general, Flat foots, So-softs and Twinkle Eyes grade
worse, because they are more susceptible to damage.
Everyone knows that minty So-softs fetch incredibly high
The scale I use
for ACTUAL CONDTION:
crisp, fresh, out-of-the-package look. I rarely give
this rating, even to ponies that I removed from the package
Hair is smooth & silky
uncut, no frizzy ends, body color is bright, symbols &
eye paint are perfect. No marks or body damage of any
sort. No playwear.
Gorgeous pony that even picky
collectors will love.
Almost perfect! Some
collectors may have a hard time finding a flaw on these
ponies. May have one or two hard-to-detect flaws.
This particular example has a
faded pink mark on her muzzle and a really hard to see tiny
faded pink spot under her mane.
These ponies look nice on
display, but they have multiple small flaws or one medium
flaw. Ponies that most collectors keep will probably fit into this category.
These ponies are okay for most
collectors, but they have one large flaw or several smaller
flaws. Most played with eBay ponies seem to be in this
Notice how nice she looks...ahhh...digital
photography doesn't capture her flaws well.
She has faded blue pen marks
in her ears and four small faded pink pen marks on her
legs. You can't see the faded blue pen marks under her
hooves. Hair & symbols look nice in this example.
Really noticeable flaws, but
not bad enough to customize. Kids, non-picky
collectors can still enjoy these ponies
This pony has bright pink pen
marks in various spots, smoozing on her front hooves, but
her hair & symbols are nice. It's hard to see
these in the pic, but you can see the spot on her rear leg.
Really bad with multiple major
flaws like a severe hair cut, serious smooze, large pen
marks, chewed/missing parts, etc.
This bait pony has a severe
mane trim, very frizzy hair, faded symbols, eye rubs, pen
marks, color fading, tail rust, and playwear. Most
baits don't seem as bad off as this one, though!
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