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Two NIB U2410s for $450 on craigslist.. Real?

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Here is the craigslist ad

I've kind of been monitoring this for a few months. Not sure If I want an IPS or not. It seems like he sells a lot of these, because I've seen multiple listings. Is this the real deal or some kind of scam?
post #2 of 13
looks like a great deal he wants in person so be great to check out yourself
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he probably wants $450 *Each* lol
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No it says 450 for both or 250 each.
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Why havent you bought them yet? You could buy both and sell one and make most of your money back.
 
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post #6 of 13
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anything to look for when spotting fakes? like i said i've been monitoring this guy, and he has new ones up every week.

no warranty=bad?
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Not always... it just means you cant send it in
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post #8 of 13
Saw that this is chicago area, got all giddy. I don't need a new monitor though.

no warranty + low prices = maybe he gets them from shady places, or gets them secondhand from a friend with connections, or something of that nature. If it was anything too bad I don't think he'd be using craigs to sell them lol.
    
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post #9 of 13
Check the revision/manufacturing date. On the left hand side by the card reader, there's a tab that pulls out and shows the revision, manufacturing date, serial number, etc. These will give clues to it's age and authenticity.

Some early A0 and 2009 ones were known to have tinting (Pink and/or sometimes also Green, namely) issues and/or dithering issues on darker nuetral tones when in sRGB modes. This was fixed in later revisions. Some later A0/2009 don't necessarily suffer from one or either though (mine, for example, is a late A0 2009 and it has no tinting issue that I see but it does have the dithering issue in the sRGB modes).

I wouldn't say it's new if he has them out of the box and hooked up, but I'm picky like that. You never know if it was "just taken out to show photos" (why do that?) or if it was lightly used or used for a long time but looks good. However, you can do something to check the age. There's a way to get into it and see how many hours the backlight has on it by holding like the first, third, and fifth button when turning it on. I can't recall the exact procedure, but look it up and insist on doing this to check. If he has nothing to hide, he won't mind you checking.

So, I would check the revision and date, and the backlight hours to see. If both check out good (I think A2 and later are what you ideally want?), then yeah, it's a very good deal for both of them, or even one. Even if they're used and/or an earlier revision, unless they have problems, that's still an okay price.
Edited by Princess Garnet - 8/20/11 at 8:45pm
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Originally Posted by Princess Garnet View Post
Check the revision/manufacturing date. On the left hand side by the card reader, there's a tab that pulls out and shows the revision, manufacturing date, serial number, etc. These will give clues to it's age and authenticity.

Some early A0 and 2009 ones were known to have tinting (Pink and/or sometimes also Green, namely) issues and/or dithering issues on darker nuetral tones when in sRGB modes. This was fixed in later revisions. Some later A0/2009 don't necessarily suffer from one or either though (mine, for example, is a late A0 2009 and it has no tinting issue that I see but it does have the dithering issue in the sRGB modes).

I wouldn't say it's new if he has them out of the box and hooked up, but I'm picky like that. You never know if it was "just taken out to show photos" (why do that?) or if it was lightly used or used for a long time but looks good. However, you can do something to check the age. There's a way to get into it and see how many hours the backlight has on it by holding like the first, third, and fifth button when turning it on. I can't recall the exact procedure, but look it up and insist on doing this to check. If he has nothing to hide, he won't mind you checking.

So, I would check the revision and date, and the backlight hours to see. If both check out good (I think A2 and later are what you ideally want?), then yeah, it's a very good deal for both of them, or even one. Even if they're used and/or an earlier revision, unless they have problems, that's still an okay price.
thanks this is exactly what i was looking for... now if someone can confirm the procedure to check backlight hours they will earn a rep
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