Had an ahem “interesting” experience yesterday with a recent EBay purchase. First time it has happened to me.
So I bought two 'New, sealed, unopened" 8tb Seagate Expansion Desktop USB drives. Upon inspection when I opened the pkg they arrived in, everything looked to be as stated. There were the little cellophane tape seals on each box that rip if someone attempt to open them, nothing at all noticeable wrong. Opened them, the drives were nicely sealed in plastic, and the accessories were as well, it all looked like it had come straight from the factory.
So went ahead, hooked them up, but only one came up in Windows Explorer, and it looked like this >
So brought up some disk diagnostics and rather than two 8tb drives, one was SATA/300 80GB (with 2 yrs worth of power on hours) and the other was a failing SATA/300 250GB (with over 4.5 yrs of power on hours).
Close inspection of the drives showed no marks on the plastic casings. It looked like a real “professional” scam job by whomever did it, they made off with some nice drives and put these clunkers in their place.
Thankfully, eBay has it “Money back” guarantee. Be careful out there.