Originally Posted by MrHifi
Never, Ever buy a refurb. Never........
To whom it may concern:
MrHifi's opinion on buying refrb'd equipment is just that, his OPINION ONLY and should be taken with a grain of salt, same as with any other OPINION on the net, including mine or anyone elses. 53 years "playing with CE" or not, is meaningless when making blanket statements such as his.
Buying refurb'd equipment, or 'floor model' equipment is not a bad thing and should remain a viable option. Whereas MrHifi has had poor experiences with said equipment, there are many more that have had EXCELLENT experiences with said equipment. Myself belonging to the POSITIVE EXPERIENCE group of users. Many times, I have had refurb'd equipment last longer than new equipment. I have also had said equipment fail, although the ratio of failures against successful purchases is extremely low. As a guess, I would say 1 in 10 end up being duds. At least in my OPINION since I don't obviously keep a track record.
As with anything else, it also depends on the product as to what should be bought new or what should be bought refurb'd. Just as an example, and it doesn't happen often but it does happen, a couple of years ago, Onkyo was selling the HD 805 HD DVD player as refurb'd over the July 4th holiday at a remarkably low, blow out price as well as selling brand new units for a couple of hundred dollars more. Every refurb'd player that was purchased (and yes I purchased one) and delivered WAS BRAND NEW and simply labled as refurb as to keep from having to commit to the normal warranty period, so they could quickly dump the HD DVD players and get on with making/selling blu-ray players. Anyway, this happens more often than one would think to move discontinued product.
So take what I said with a grain of salt and continue to use common sense to make your purchases and choose the option that suits you (and your wallet).
Art, just as you want respect for your right to draw conclusions, it is a two way street. You need to respect the conclusions drwn by others from their experiences as well.