I grade used ham items according to the following scale. Normally, radio's are placed into operation using a dummy load and wattmeter or other test equipment and the power output or parameters recorded for each band. I then use my Elecraft XG-3 to inject a known signal into the antenna connector to test a radio's receiver. All results are recorded with pictures and are available for email. Other items are tested using available means.
As Always, buyers are encouraged to come and try the radio or other item out for yourself.
Apparently untouched item in perfect condition. Original protective wrapping may be missing, but the original packaging is intact and pristine. It includes the supplied hand mic, user manual / software and power cord. There are absolutely no signs of wear on the item or its packaging. Instructions are included. Item is suitable for presenting as a gift.
A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition, includes items that came in the original packaging, including the box. The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly.
The item shows wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. It may be marked, have identifying markings on it, or show other signs of previous use. The original shipping box is not included.
The item is fairly worn but continues to work perfectly. Signs of wear can include aesthetic issues such as scratches, dents, and worn corners. The item may have identifying markings on it or show other signs of previous use.
The item has physical damage, needs repair, doesn't work properly, been modified or is in some other way undesirable.