[QUOTE=saugmon;2045960]Seller has a 379 feedback: Not too shabby.Stay away from those power sellers because they tend to sell refurbished drives that are junk.[/QUOTE]
Yeah, it seems your advice is good. The only time you should deal with a high-volume seller is when an item is new or a factory refurb. For example, those folks at TXcess Surplus sell a lot of new and direct from Dell refurbed Philips 8701s (DW1640) and 8801s (DW1650). Those are good, whereas the PX-740A drives that Silicon Valley Compucycle keeps listing are most likely junk.
The best deals always come from low-volume ebayers who are simply selling their drive because of an “upgrade” to 18x, 20x, or are moving to SATA. They’re not CDFreaks, so they haven’t abused the drive that much.