[Ads-l] Word: dead stock / deadstock =?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=93_?=never worn footwear or clothing; alternative definition: never sold items

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 7 22:06:39 EST 2021


Thanks for sharing the helpful information from the OED, Colin. I
think the sense of "deadstock" employed by collectors has evolved from
the original sense.

Collectors seem to use "deadstock" to refer to items that have been
purchased but kept in pristine condition with the original packaging,
e.g., unused footwear in boxes and unused toys in boxes.

Garson

On Fri, Mar 5, 2021 at 1:44 PM Colin Morris <colin at cs.toronto.edu> wrote:
>
> OED actually has quotes for the sense of "unsold/commercially inactive
> capital" going back to 1622. I was able to find an 1897 instance of it
> being applied to unsold clothing offered for resale:
> https://books.google.ca/books?id=xn07AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA295&dq=%22deadstock%22
> "felt hats of various antiquated shapes, hard and soft, the deadstock of
> the shops of Bombay, Calcutta and London" [describing goods sold in Laotian
> shops]
>
> There's also another sense of "farm tools" (in contrast to livestock). A
> search for "live and dead stock" on Google or Google Books brings up lots
> of old farm auction catalogues and similar.
>
> To its credit, Wiktionary lists both senses:
> https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/deadstock.
>
> On Thu, Mar 4, 2021 at 2:39 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Website: Marker Medium
> > Article: How Supreme-Style Merch Drops Took Over Corporate America
> > Author: Adam Bluestein
> > Date: March 3, 2021
> >
> > https://marker.medium.com/how-supreme-style-merch-drops-took-over-corporate-america-48dcea56e5c6
> >
> > [Begin excerpt]
> > Unworn Jordans, Airs, and Dunks — called “deadstock” — are the gold
> > standard of the resale economy — and, really, as liquid and versatile
> > a global currency as a U.S. dollar or a euro, “a bona fide asset
> > class” as Bloomberg Businessweek put it recently.
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> > Website: Urban Dictionary
> > https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Deadstock
> >
> > [Begin excerpt]
> > Deadstock
> > Brand New. Never worn, Never Tried and would usually include a box for
> > the shoes.
> > "Up for auction are some DS Nike Air Jordan's in a size 10, they have
> > been never been worn and/or tried on."
> > by IWMJ June 06, 2005
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> > Website: Vintage clothing authority
> >
> > https://vintageclothingauthority.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/what-is-dead-stock/
> >
> > [Begin excerpt]
> > What is dead stock?
> > The term is thrown around quite a bit but what the heck does it mean?
> > Dead stock technically means that the vintage item was never sold.
> > Most people use the term to describe something that is unused.
> > [End excerpt]
> >
> > Garson
> >
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