[QUOTE=Albert;2784704]Do you think going for a drive from a different manufacturer (likely Pioneer) is a viable option? That way you can see if it’s the store or the manufacturer’s facilities which did this.[/QUOTE]
Yes, absolutely. I was considering it. I have doubts BD is going to last long on computers, and I was looking for something durable. I liked the looks of the LG too much
In defense of the store, the first drive that I purchased, a Samsung, was from Amazon UK - not this german website, from which I have bought a lot of hardware in the past and this is the first strange thing.
[QUOTE=Ibex;2784710]My policy is - if in any doubt return it.
In my experience new drives always feel & smell new. You may have been sent a drive returned by someone else. If so, you have no way of knowing why it was returned. Was it faulty?[/QUOTE]
I think the same way - I have dealt with the aforementioned Amazon more times than I would have expected for this same reason for different products. I have contacted the store, see their point of view.
I will probably be returning it; I guess my best bet is to wait for an upcoming release of a new model and place a preorder.