[QUOTE=mr rusty;1003364]. I guess my question is really, do people think that a camera that was brand new 20 years ago and subsequently untouched can honestly be described as new?

NO is the short answer. Sellers use this word with paper as well when what they mean is that it has never been opened so it meets the definition of new as in "never been touched and looks the same as the day it was bought" which of course might have been 15 years ago! To be fair some sellers don't understand that even unopened things deteriorate

When spending the amount you quoted you need to be like a dog with a bone in terms of questions asked.