I just bought a LTR-48125W from www.nexthardwareshop.com for 65 dollars after s/h here in the U.S. Naturally the first thing I did was to try to upgrade the firmware to VS08, but it told me my drive wasn’t one that I can use the upgrade for. So I checked with Nero InfoTools and it turns out I got a LTR-48126S, course I updated to the latest 2V0D firmware.
This just goes to show that, while sometimes mishaps can happen with online purchases, sometimes they are for the better. I have heard of too many people recently giving up buying stuff online cause of a few bad experiences.
Just outta curiousity, according to one of the sticky thread, the model I got may be flashable to a 48246 or 52246. Has anyone tried that yet?