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Buy brand new, sealed in box, 1 TiB SSD off of Craigslist for cash?

post #1 of 5
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I can already see ways this could go wrong. If I open it right then and there, how do I know if it's functional? If it's not functional, what recourse do I have? What if the case says 1 TiB but he's swapped out the PCB for a 128 GiB model?
post #2 of 5
Since it says "sealed in the box" , I believe you'll be able to see if the wrapping has been tampered with,I guess..

And even if the seller lets you open the box,unless you have something like a sata to usb cable Like this (Click to show)
to use on a laptop or something,you won't be able to see if it's functional or what the real capacity is for that matter..

If the package seems okay,I guess you could go for it,but shopping like that can get you some good deals and some scams also..

It all depends on the risk you're willing to take
   
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post #3 of 5
Ask him to run a SMART scan and share screenshots. If it's on Craiglist, doesn't matter if it's open box or sealed.
post #4 of 5
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I know there are machines that can put shrink-wrap on a box, any box. Somehow I doubt the guy will let me break the shrink-wrap seal to see what's in the box before I hand over the cash. Maybe I'll ask him to produce a valid receipt for his purchase before I buy.
post #5 of 5
Idk about SSDs, but aren't there a lot of knock off sd/micro sd cards that are brand new, but just fraudulent in their packaging and not actually having that capacity. The brand new in box is always kinda sketchy, most places have a pretty good return policy, gotta keep that in mind.
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