Transwiki:Initial Reject (industry)
Initial Reject is a term used in manufacturing to indicate an item that is not terminally defective, but does not meet the manufacturers technical standards for sale through its normal retail channels. The defect in an initial reject (I.R.) item is usually small, and never restricts the item from being used for its intended purpose.
What qualifies the item as an I.R. varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. The I.R.s of one manufacturer can be of a higher level than the best items of another. Contrariwise, what one manufacturer considers acceptable for sale as an I.R., another manufacturer might consider materials for seconds or even not acceptable for sale.
An I.R. will be sold without the manufacturers name and tagging being removed or mutilated. Large store chains exist, such as Marshall's that have based their business primarily on selling I.R.s.
What makes something an I.R.? 
While the definition generally varies, it is generally quite small. Examples would be slightly misplaced stitching on clothing, or a slightly misapplied label. Generally speaking, an I.R. item's defect is small enough that the ordinary consumer would have difficulty determining it to be a rejected item.
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