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The bold is definitely true and that's a part of the reason why many reefers just prefer to pay full price for a new product and the warranty that comes with it.What I was trying to say is you don't know what the used equipment went through and what the seller is keeping a secret. 50% of the time you're buying someone else's problem. If the new stuff breaks at least it has a warranty and can get it fixed at no extra cost but I never had to use a warranty so far. I'm speaking from experience. Ive baught used stuff in the past only to be disappointed. So I always say if you buy used your buying twice. If you buy new your buying once.
But I'm not sure how you arrive at the "50% of the time you're just buying someone else's problem" figure. That definitely hasn't been my experience. I've had pretty good success with used products by doing the following:
- Only buying stuff I can pick up in-person so I can check it out first.
- Trying to stick to the "for sale" section of the local reefing club and buying from reputable members rather than Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, etc.
- Buying used products manufactured by reliable, quality brands rather than cheap junk*
- Having backups of most essential equipment in case anything fails - a good approach even if you're only buying new stuff.
*Quality brands tend to stand by their products even after the warranty period has ended. I've had several send me free or very cheap replacement parts long after the warranty had expired. And most of the time, the issues were my fault rather than a faulty product (breaking a return hose while cleaning my AIO, accidentally submerging several electronics that weren't designed to get wet, dropping a light, etc.).