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I forget, what does NOS stand for?(5 posts)

I forget, what does NOS stand for?Humma Hah
May 21, 2002 2:47 PM
I think someone once posted it on General, long ago. It didn't sink in.

I thought I knew what it meant, but I've been seeing it used in some contexts in my bike shopping that kinda make me wonder.
new old stock......Spirito
May 21, 2002 3:03 PM
what they mean is its new but didn't roll out of the factory yesterday.

a 1999 trek frame hanging in a bike shop and yet unbuilt is NOS, just as a 1965 chainring that has never been used again is NOS.

if buying ask if it has any "shopwear" meaning slight marks, dust and the odd scratch or two which happens with things that have been stored, moved, bumped around and such.

NIB means NEW IN BOX or package. which is a good sig that it should be truly new and usually not used.

OEM is meant to signify that a part was "original equipment manufatured" for a certain range of bikes, like a brooks B72 was OEM on raleigh 3 speeds. just adds a little context to the part and period of use.

i agree if someone advertises something as NEW then it should be factory fresh.... NOS is often more accurate a description. always take things with a grain of salt unless there are lots of accurate pics of its condition. even pics can make things look better so where possible save all the correspondence and claims of its condition and inform the seller that you will contact them if their claims were not realised or fair.

i see a lot of parts and such with claims of being new which isnt altogether true. buyer beware!
Thanks!Humma Hah
May 21, 2002 3:28 PM
Makes more sense now.
the OEM concept has always been confusing...nmDjudd
May 21, 2002 4:07 PM
unless...slx
May 28, 2002 6:25 AM
you're on a cager site...then it'd be Nitrous Oxide System (sp). :)