Originally Posted by RobertF /forum/post/12924427
Here are some tips:
Ask if everything works perfectly.
Ask if it's ever been serviced.
See the TV working in person.
If you don't like the smell of cigarette smoke, ask if the TV has always been kept in a smoke-free enviroment.
Ask if the seller is the original owner of the TV.
And then hope they tell the truth right?
I wonder about anyone these days selling the 30-34" Sony's in particular. I see XBR's from 2005 and up selling for under $500 on ebay. The most common reason is that they bought a bigger TV. Then they proceed to tell you that the picture quality is better than the $2500 LCD they just bought.
The thing that really causes my BS sensor to go off is when they post 3 or 4 pictures of the TV without any of them showing the TV turned on. I've also seen quite a few pictures of them displaying only 4:3 images. It makes you wonder if they are trying to hide something. Maybe the tv only turns on half the time. Maybe the picture is distorted on the sides. Maybe some of the inputs are messed up.
They play the game of, once it leaves their house, if anything goes wrong, it's your problem. It's going to be a sticky situation either way. I mean, if you go in there with a DVD player testing all the inputs, flip through the menus, stuff like that, some people might get offended. Other people might blame you if you spot a problem. "That wasn't there before! Your DVD Player did that!"
Oh yeah, you will have a lot of fun