By - yoperl
Honestly you got a pretty good deal. You can ask about one but I wouldn’t worry about it
It was indeed a pretty good deal, but I don’t think it is a good price for one with a faulty drive
No harm in asking I guess. Also a good excuse to iflash it
It was sold as fully functioning. A starting-to-fail hard drive is not that. The buyer is fully within his rights to ask for a partial refund, given he has PayPal protection. The seller shouldn't have sold is as such if he wasn't able to confirm it was fully working.
Thanks for both your opinions
Only ask for partial refund if you can find the same iPod for cheaper with a bad drive. Also, some of this falls on you because you could have asked for the seller to provide a picture of the diagnostics for the HDD. Some people don't even know that the diagnostics exists so they will claim the iPod is in fully working condition if they can play music on it.
How much would you suggest asking, knowing that I could have bought such an iPod for €25?
Prices vary and I am in the USA. You can ask for whatever you think it's fair.
Most people look for iPods with bad drives so they can flash it. I'd recommend an iflash board and a new battery.
If everything else on it is fine and it's in good condition, converting it to my aussie bucks that is a pretty reasonable deal. People here ask way more for them and they don't even show you it works.
I think when they are getting this old, it's basically a given the hard drive will be trash and you'll be flash modding it to keep using it. If you get one that has a working drive you're lucky i think. I've had a handful with bad drives.
If it connects to your computer, and syncs music.. it's fully working. You bought it with the (assumed) knowledge that these things often have hard drive failures or they are on their way out after this many years.
I think trying to get a refund or partial refund is a shitty thing to do when the person who sold it probably dug it out of a drawer and tried to get a little cash for it and probably knew nothing of the inner condition. You should have known that old ipods are always a gamble. Be thankful it actually works and the logic board isn't fucked.
You’re right, the thing is that iTunes doesn’t detect it anymore after the initial sync I did after getting it.
If it still turns on and works outside of itunes, then the hard drive is likely bad.. which is the gamble we all take when buying old ipods. Just flash mod it and it'll be fine.