Hi, dxkim--Sorry to be so late responding (out of town for a funeral).
I did not order from the site that I listed. I specifically wanted a silver drive, and I kept looking until I found six (6) of them at the following site:
I was so excited that I just ordered one immediately--didn't check their rating with reseller.com. I think I paid $70.46 which includes the FedEx Ground shipping. I have since checked their rating, and it's a little over 5. The ratings do seem to range from the sublime to the ridiculous--very little middle ground. The "very dissatisfied" comments seem to indicate that these items are refurbished. The description for the 3500 that I ordered stated that it is "New with manufacturer's warranty." We shall see.
I ordered this drive on Sunday, received a confirmation email and was told that I would receive another after the drive shipped. I have not yet received the shipment email, but I was able to track the order at dumpinggoods.com and I got the FedEx tracking number from them. Tracking the shipment through FedEx revealed that the item shipped yesterday and is due to be delivered here in Austin on Thursday.
Their inventory immediately dropped to 5 after I ordered my drive, so their website is functioning properly, at the very least. I am debating about ordering another drive before they are all gone, but I am still trying to decide if I need a different brand for ripping. Any advice or recommendations will be appreciated!
I will check back in after the drive arrives to let you know whether this was a good experience.