>>I guess it's buyer beware unless you are dealing with one of the well know companies<<
Not so true anymore. Twice in the last month, once locally with Radio Shack and the other by mail order through R & L Electronics (www.randl.com
) I've gotten items that were obviously opened and unpacked before my purchase. In both cases the merchants took an item that was either a demo, a display model or a returned item and re-packed it then passed it off as a new item. I got my money back from Radio Shack as I went back to the store and looked the guy in the face and showed him the obvious reasons how I could tell their dishonesty. With R & L they have my money and they have distance as an advantage. I was told I could have my money back as long as I paid for the return shipping. Isn't that retarded? They expect me to lose more money after trying to rip me off.
Sellers: You have no proof an item is new if it's been opened and repacked. Your word alone is not proof enough for me.