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I really don't think the laser itself keeps track of how many hours are on it, I think that there is a timer in the system somewhere. If panasonic reset that timer, then it will show zero, no matter how many actual hours are on the laser assembly. If it was used, there is no way to know. The laser assemblies are very unlikely to be reused. I don't think you have anything to worry about.
They DO have the potential for early failure though. I bought my EH69 new from World-Import, and within a month the laser pickup failed. I sent it to Elgin, and they replaced the bad part for me for the (then) $130 flat fee. It has worked perfectly since. I think it is a very rare failure mode, but it can happen.
Evil is charming and beautiful. It makes you doubt yourself. It asks for one small compromise after another until it whittles you down, and it functions best when no one believes in it.-JOA