So, really first world problem kind of thing, but I need to know if I’m overreacting and/or what I should do. I have tendencies that can cloud my judgement and give knee jerk reactions, so looking to see what others would do.
Long story short (original post) I decided to buy a Pioneer Toraiz Squid. I found a seller on Reverb that was selling them for $449 (well below $599 normal pricing). I have a documented thread where I asked them if it was a used/refurb/demo model and they ensured me that it wasn’t, but rather some sort of promotional thing and that I’d be receiving a brand new unit – literal quote, “We will be shipping a brand new unit for sure”. I decided to take a chance and proceed, but like I thought, I received a refurb unit.
It looks like it was direct from Pioneer DJ, shipped in one of their original (outer) boxes and packaged quite well (wrapped in expanding foam stuff holding it in place). It’s clear that it wasn’t an individual that returned and the seller shipped out again, but something they got from Pioneer (or someone that did). It looks to be in ‘like new’ condition… no scratches, marks, etc… all the pots feel good and initially seem to work. Had it come out of a brand new box I wouldn’t think any differently. That said, there was no original product box, no manual, no USB cable and paperwork clearly stating that it’s a refurb with only a 90 day warranty vs. 1 year.
The lack of USB cable is no big deal (have a ton of them) and I can download the PDF manual. I’m definitely irked about the warranty, but otherwise it looks brand new. I guess the nagging feeling (aside from the selling lying) is that I don’t know why it was refurbed in the first place? I always keep the original boxes and materials as these really seem to help resale value later on.
What I’m having a problem with is what are those things worth? Should I take the $150 off and know that Pioneer checked it all out and approved it w/ limited warranty? I mean, that should be a lot better than buying a random 2nd hand unit. Assuming it all seems to work should I keep it? Or should I return it and buy a new one for more? Are those things really worth $150? I dunno… and that’s why I’m asking for opinion. My initial reaction is to return it and spend more money, but I’m questioning (seller issues aside) if that’s the right call given it’s an ‘official’ refurb and not some random return item.
What would you do?