Microsoft selling second hand consoles as new?

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When your Xbox 360 RROD’s in SA you can just take it back to the shop and they will instantly replace it and give you a brand spanking new one, but have you ever stopped to think where your old console ends up?

Well previously we were told that they were sent to the Xbox repair centre in Texas and then stripped down and used for spare parts if a 360 needed repairing. Well it seems like they may have had to many just for repairs and have decided to get rid of them in a new way now.

There is a new special in Europe where you can get a Xbox 360, 2 wireless controllers and 2 games for 199 Euro’s… Now that’s quite a bargain.

However a French website, Logic Sunrise, has opened up 10 of these new machines only to find that they are in fact second hand machines that have been repaired….

Is it worth getting an old console if you are also getting an extra controller and two games for free? We are looking at a saving of around R1400 there….

In my opinion, absolutely not. It’s unethical selling second hand hardware and I fully expect someone to sue them over this.

What they should rather do is organise a deal with some online stores to sell the repaired Xbox 360’s for R1000 with a full warranty, then they will see stock moving.

MAXCONSOLE – XBOX 360 – MS selling old consoles as ‘new’ – buyers beware

Last Updated: May 16, 2008

Gavin Mannion

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  • Naudran

    “It’s unethical selling second hand hardware”

    … as first hand hardware 😉 Otherwise I know of quite a few places that’s going to be in trouble :mrgreen:

  • LazySAGamer

    I thought that was implied….. 😛

  • Naudran

    Yeah, it was… but it was early, despite the drive to work I was still more than half asleep

  • Fox1

    Did you guys see the advert at the bottom of the page for a 360 motion controller for $39.95 ❓ :mrgreen:

  • Fox1

    I wish we could have some pics on these consoles. The pre-Falcon architecture does not have HDMI neither can you simply take an old motherboard and just add an HDMI port on it. You need to re-engineer the gates and the soldering has to be done via machine in order to use the HDMI port. Then you have to put on a new cover at the back.

    Another point that was missed was that there is no mention of the heatsinks. The launch consoles had tiny heatsinks whereas the Falcon consoles come with a huge heatsink. I smell something fishy 😉

    What could be second-hand though is DVD ROM 😯

  • What Naudran said.

    I don’t think it’s unethical, but it should be made clear to the purchaser.

    “What they should rather do is organise a deal with some online stores to sell the repaired Xbox 360’s for R1000 with a full warranty, then they will see stock moving.”

    That’s exactly what it is…

  • HoodedGrub

    It’s unethical if you are purchasing a new sealed console as a bundle only to find out it’s a refurb later on no matter which way you look at it. New is new, Refurb is 2nd hand. So I don’t see how you can say you don’t think it’s unethical Doobi as I doubt the packaging of the bundle stated refurb, or the story would have included that little titbit of information…. 🙂 Always defending the XBOX to the death hey 😉

  • What was unclear?

    As it stands in unethical to try sell refurbs as new. If they mark it as refurb, then they’re not selling them as new!?

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