BattleMech Manual (p. 86)
While perfectly sound, this ’Mech has acquired an unwarranted bad reputation (for example, the Blackjack
during the Succession Wars). As a result, it is worth only half the normal resale value, unless ’Mechs are particularly rare for a given era and/or location (for example, in the late Third Succession War era, ’Mechs are remarkably hard to come by, and few would turn up their nose at even the most unpopular of machines).
Designs that are second-line or merely somewhat unpopular (such as the Watchman
) should likely not receive this quirk. Additionally, a ’Mech may have a Bad Reputation at one point in its career, but lose it later (such as the Battle Hawk
The Clans do not really have the same sort of economic model when it comes to BattleMechs. Instead, if a Clan ’Mech has the Bad Reputation quirk and if the optional Clan Honor rules are in effect, the MechWarrior begins the battle with 1 dezgra point. The ’Mech will still fetch its full value if ever sold on an Inner Sphere market.
Note that when buying a ’Mech with a Bad Reputation, players generally still must pay its full price.