Whilst I appreciate that this practice goes on(recon/returns) this is more likely from maker than dealer & tends not to happen in the early stages of the life of a DVDRW. If a dealer does do this he's supposed to inform you. I have purchased a total of 20 units (only 4 had problems, 3 of which were down to p & p probs with a certian courier.) All units were new, as were the replacements.
16 units I picked up personally. None of these so far have shown any problems. I have 2, 6 for friends, 12 for a local dealer who not only experienced difficulties getting any, but I was able to get them cheaper.
As I travel about the UK as part of my job no shipping.
Ave cost of unit Â£27.50
PS. Harry, when I go out for a meal, typical cost Â£5 inc drink.