I was pointed at a listing last week which stated:
Does not power on - item was working then one day it just stopped.Everything was probably working one day, the day before it broke for example. It doesn't change the fact that it is currently broken. It was probably working before they tried to power it from the wrong mains adapter. Probably working before they tried a composite video mod with a plumbers soldering iron. Probably working before it got put into the washing machine. Probably working before the all night Donkey Kong session with the ventilation holes covered. Probably working before it had beer spilled on it. Probably working before they opened it up to see how it worked and damaged the membrane tails etc.
Elvis was fine, then one day he just stopped working. No, Elvis is dead. Sorry to break the bad news, but you should have heard by now.
For reference, here is a translation of what many of the terms used on ebay listings actually mean:
- "Tested and working" - the light came on.
- "Untested" - the light didn't come on.
- "Probably a simple fix" - probably won't be a simple fix
- "Could be the fuse" - I tried the fuse and it wasn't that
- "Working when put away" - Now broken
- "Can't test as I don't have the power supply" - Tested and broken (the power supply will be listed next week)
- "Sold as seen" - Broken, probably with bits missing inside or damage carefully cropped out of the photos.
- "Will be well packed" - Will be wrapped in a black bin liner and thrown at the cheapest courier service.
- "Rare" - Common as muck
- "UK Seller" - Chinese Seller
You see the pattern developing there? Caveat Emptor. I hate to go all Fox Mulder, but Trust No One. I buy a lot of stuff from ebay (this is me now, not Fox), and usually approach it with the expectation that it is going to be bad.