Originally Posted by magna224
After looking around a lot I kind of want to get a G80-3494 just to try the reds. The cheapest I found was $180 shipped. Dunno if I can spend that kind of money...
Anyways, I think a G80-8200 sounds pretty good if I could get one with brown switches, but buying a used board makes me scared of getting one that is really worn then getting stuck with it.
With the G80-8200 being a POS board, odds are good that if it's extremely worn, it's the custom keys and/or numpad that took most of the abuse. I don't see store employees doing a lot of typing, but numbers and things like merchandise categories I could understand. Also keep in mind that the 8200 came with clears also, you may want to ask the seller to pop a keycap off and tell you what color the stem is to be certain.
I wouldn't worry about getting stuck with the keyboard... You can pick these up for ~$40 or less if you keep an eye out, and should be able to resell it to recover most of that money, since there's always someone wanting to try out browns for the first time without spending a ton of money. Plus, abused browns are still SO much better than a rubber dome keyboard...