I`ve bought demo & B stock with full warranties. The only way I`d buy used is with an audition & no shipping involved (COD). Too many shipping & deceitful seller horror stories to suit me.
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I tend to have to buy USED only because,
like stated above, by the time I CAN afford it,
It`s been discontinued at LEAST 2-3 years!
I DID buy a pair of Cerwin Vega AT-15 speakers
back in 1992 as a DEMO pair from Silo,
BUT I WONDER how many times they WERE PUSHED
to their limit BEFORE I bought them?
My TV (WHICH I still use to this day) WAS
ALSO a DEMO, at Fretter, I got it in
Summer 1992, WHO KNOWS HOW long it was on
BEFORE I got it? SINCE then,
I buy used, I`ve had an 80% success rate,
with used, ONLY got burned 3 times buying used.
HOWEVER, with TODAYS stereo gear,
You`re BETTER OFF buying used than NEW!
UNLESS you`re buying a TOP OF THE LINE piece!
some used items can be truly as new, but only if the first owner cared for them anal retentively, which is hardly the norm.
I'd say demo or cosmetic "b" stock is best way to get cheap, followed by well cared for used pieces. I'd stay away from used stuff with red flags or any form of refurbished product, though.