Originally Posted by fatherom
I just looked on ebay, and nearly every used HD-A30 (for example) costs around $150 each. So $100 for a new one is a good deal, IMO.
I was one who just bought an A30 on ebay, but my approx $150 was for a sealed new unit, so I don't feel so bad (plus, I wanted a 1080p24 unit).
The A3 that prompted this thread in the first place was a unit I got off ebay for real cheap, but it didn't allow any writes to flash (no setting changes, no bookmarks, no firmware updates, etc.) which would always end in an error 10004050. Otherwise, the player would play fine. But, a mishap (physical shock to the player) ended up breaking the drive, snapping the plastic guide that connects the read head to the motor that pulls the head back and forth, so it is a shot A3 all around (well, I fixed it so it reads CDs). But this non-functioning unit can be used to buy myself a brand new unit from Toshiba, which is something I really can't do at a store. It's nice to know, that even though Toshiba was forced to throw in the towel, that they are not leaving their customers out in the cold on this.
Another example, a new HD-A2 just sold for a total of $126.44 on ebay.
Used A2s and A3s with box, manual, remote, etc. go for ~$70-90. Makes a new unit direct from Toshiba at $90 seem like not a bad deal.