Somtimes the potential for mental aggrivationis not worth the dollars saved. For example, if these 'reconditioned' Xbox's are not reconditioned from MS, then the seals are broken, and the Xbox would not honor the the 3 year RRoD warrentee. On the other hand, =maybe it was a bad drive, or fan or something, that got replaced, and the box would be as good as new. Maybe the joystick has crappy button. To me some things are worth the 'risk' and others are not. reconditioned Xbox's are not (the only one I would consider as a good potential value are elites for $200 or so, since the 120G HDD is in itself worth a lot, thus making the overall risk of the Xbox $100. In the worse case scenario, broken Xbox's (without HDD) fetch some decent $ on Ebay so your out of pocket 'loss' would potentially be minimal (as the joystick itself is worth $25-30, and the optical dongle also could fetch some $). Plus some people prefer Black boxes, which might end up being fazed out soon anyways if the Pro model get replaced with the elite specs.
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