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Target now sells used electronics returned to its stores

Many technology and gadget enthusiasts will be familiar with Amazon.com where you can buy both new and used electronics. Electronics fans will also be familiar with eBay where you can get both used and new items as well.

The problem with buying used electronics is that you never know how well they were maintained. Anyone who shops on eBay for long inevitably runs across a piece of used electronic equipment that wasn’t as advertised or just plain doesn’t work.

Target announced this week that it will trial a used electronics service. Target has three different categories for used electronics inside their electronics department. It lists iPods, video game consoles and TV/Video as categories. Reuters reports that Target claims the vast majority of electronics returned to its stores are in perfect working condition.

Target’s website says the electronics are checked, inspected and refurbished by an authorized manufacturer or a Target-managed third party. That should essentially mean the electronics bought used via the Target website are as good as new. In addition, with this service at Target the electronics all appear to come from Target store returns, which should make many users feel better about buying second hand goods than they might at eBay.

At the time of this writing Target lists several used iPods with pre-owned 30GB iPods going for $179.99, which is $40 off Targets list price. The only game console Target has listed is the very old Nintendo GameCube at $64.99. Target has a slew of TVs and other video electronics listed as well. You can get a 72-inch pre-owned Toshiba DLP rear projection TB for $2,799.99.

Selling used electronics is much better than simply shipping the broken electronics over seas, though if Amazon.com's used item sales have already been largely heralded as a success.



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Gamecube bias
By CZroe on 11/24/2007 5:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
I'm tired of the anti-Gamecube bias I see persisting on the Internet, so I just felt I had to say it: Would you qualify the Playstation 2 with "the very old" every time you say it? The PS2 is much older and is the lower performing machine, which is the other factor usually revealing GameCube bias (people wrongly think the PS2 out-classed it).

It worse than Carlos Mencia dissing the N64 as if it were the NES ("this thing is so old..."), forgetting that it was part of the former generation from *only* a few years earlier, while the EVEN older and FAR lower performing competitor, the Playstation, was still getting releases without him giving it any greif (this episode aired well before the current-gen consoles were released). Between those two, the Playstation (PSX, PSone) was much older than the Nintendo 64 and the Playstaion was the lower performing machine.




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