It's especially annoying if this happens when you purchase an expensive item, like a tablet, a laptop or a computer. You should keep in mind that there's a reason why the tech is being sold and while most sellers are above board, it doesn't stop the con artists trying to sell you junk for big bucks.Beats Studio headphones from Dr. Dre. They were new in the box, had never been used, and were 30% cheaper than retail. This seemed like an excellent deal, considering the high price of these headphones and the fact that all of the materials seemed to be included. This implied that the seller had actually bought these. While negotiating, we almost decided to skip this to just buy new ones, but ultimately we went ahead and bought these.
Two weeks later, they stopped functioning. We changed the batteries, contacted the seller, but it was to no avail. We had been had. We pondered our options while we brought the headphones in for service at a specialized store. A week and a half later, the headphones were repaired at the low cost of $25. The headphones could have easily been junked and the bill to repair them more than their initial cost.
It's a cautionary tale, especially if you've considered buying an iPad 2 or other more expensive electronic device second hand. In our experience, we think it's probably best to stick with new tech than take a chance with something that might break down.