March 24, 2010 BY John Kim
(Photo not of B-Grade Air Jordan XI)
UPDATE: Original photos have been removed by request.
We’ve all experienced it. The once-in-a-lifetime gem of a find; the pair of OG heat found in your local Mom & Pop for $29.99, the stray pair sitting on the clearance rack with no box-top, the you-can’t-be-serious winning bid of an eBay auction titled so poorly that you’d stumble upon it only if you were searching for a tea kettle. For a lucky few, that opportunity may strike again.
At the Nike factory, some manufactured products are unable to meet Nike’s particular quality criteria, so they’re slapped with a “B-Grade” stamp and sent to the Nike Factory Stores for quick disposal. Fortunately for us, it looks like some pairs of the Air Jordan XI Space Jam didn’t make the cut, as the Space Jams have been spotted at Nike Outlets. B-Grade Nikes usually have a minor cosmetic imperfection – sometime obvious and at other times invisible to the naked eye – and typically arrive in bunches and not in lingering units. If you’re still in the market for a pair and don’t have enough funds to meet the current resale value, be on the look-out at your local Nike Outlet. The pair pictured here has already been auctioned off, but hopefully more will pop up on eBay.
UPDATE: Original photos have been removed by request. The Air Jordan XI Space Jam photos below are not the B-Grade version.
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