That’s a great price, if the drive still works well. I shied away from buying a used drive, but it might be a good way to go considering how much cheaper they are.
I bought a “new pull” 7200S from sonicstorm2011 a couple weeks ago. It was shipped on the first day, which is great, but I was disappointed to see it shipped in a USPS Priority flat rate envelope. It is accurately listed as the shipping method, but I didn’t notice until I got the shipment notification.
It’s only protection inside that envelope was 1 layer of bubble wrap, which doesn’t block impacts, it just spreads them out a little. The corners poke through, fully exposed, and about half the surface ends up with popped bubbles before it gets to you.
Proper protection needs a box. That’s expensive, so sellers are likely to try to cut that corner. But I don’t think it should be done without clearly explaining it in the ad. Sometimes I might be willing to risk it for a cheaper shipping price, but in this case I would have wanted to pay for a box.
I’ve done a lot of eBay selling myself so I tend to be picky about these things.
I haven’t used it enough to make up my mind what I think of it. It works, but whether it’s burn quality is as perfect as it should be, I have no idea. For the moment, it’s about on par with my old burner, but maybe more testing will differentiate them.
The firmware on it is 102A. Maybe that points to it’s origins.
It’s plausibly new, it looks and sounds new. I don’t know of any way to prove this beyond looking at it cosmetically.
From what I’ve read online, the term “new pull” is sometimes used in a shady fashion. The reasonable interpretation would be “pulled from a new, never used machine” but apparently some marketing clowns have decided the term can also be applied on any used hardware that still “looks” new, even if it isn’t. I’m sure it started as something they just got away with, but now they’ve morally rationalized it to themselves. To be clear, I’m talking about internet sellers in general, NOT this particular seller. I have no idea how this particular seller uses the term, or whether these drives were actually ever used or not. All I can say is mine works and it looks new.
I noticed some of my seller’s listings said “new” instead of “new pull”. Not sure if that was an intentional distinction.