Originally Posted by stv014
Unfortunately, I suspect many sellers would just sell them again as "new", unless there is obvious visible damage. It is not uncommon to read complaints in user reviews of various online stores that the item received appeared to be used (scratches, etc.).
That's the dilemma - I've certainly heard the same, even vice versa - as in bloke No#1 buys 'repackaged' and ends up with
a new unit (eg, some headphones are just obvious in that sense because of the packaging, once opened you can
never re-package perfectly) and bloke No#2 who paid extra for new - gets a slightly crunched boxed, creased
manuals and the odd hair/dandruff flakes in the ear cups - bonus!
Hmm - this in my mind is the real fallout from the online return policy. Paying exorbitant retail margin never appeals
but in the long run with these online juggernauts and their 30-day return policy - the future could mean that no
one can ever be guaranteed of ever receiving a brand new unit - as paid for.