- I could not agree more.
Frankly I find this problem to be very frequent even with experienced sellers/philatelists. There are a few folks on eBay
where after perhaps 2-3 of the same problems, it became clear to me that mis-describing condition (eg selling hinged stamps as MNH) was essentially a standard operating practice for them.
I've called out any number of sellers on this problem, and I very often have gotten the response of "I guess my eyes are not as good as they used to be." Rubbish. If your eyes are no good, you should not be selling stamps, period. I know that's harsh, but if you can't see the gum condition, why describe it as MNH except to try to extract extra money from the buyer?
Another problem I see sometimes is sellers who correctly describe stamps as MNH but where there is significant toning, foxing, spotting, or staining on the gym. The seller has taken the time to review the back of the stamp for hinging, but while doing so didn't think it was important enough to note the gum disturbances? C'mon, this is a greed-based approach and should never be acceptable.
A stamp described as MNH must not have any gum disturbances. If it does, the stamp should be described as "Never hinged with gum disturbance(s)" or imaged for the buyer.