Originally Posted by darinwc
1. just because it is in a box does not mean it is actually brand new. Even if it was never purchased, it still could have been taken out of the package and used as a store demo, etc.
2. leather, rubber, glue, and oil will deteriorate with age whether or not it has been used. You are much better off getting an excellent/mint body and having it CLA'd. Check out http://www.zuiko.com/
I used to sell these new in my shop Darin, and if they are new they are vacuum sealed in a plastic bag.