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    Default what should I do about a sub from ebay that's bad?

    Back in 2007 and was fresh out of High School so I had some money to blow, I ended up purchasing a two Alpine 12" Type E subs (SWE-1243), an Alpine 450w Mono Block (MRP-M450), an Alpine Headunit, sealed dual box, all the necessary wiring harnesses etc. I installed it so the subs are wired in parallel, and I've been running this setup since then with no problems. A few months ago one of my subs finally bit the dust, removed it from the box and checked, no ohm reading across the terminals, looks like it may have been a short, no scratchiness when moving the woofer, so voice coil seems fine, probably just age.


    I started looking on eBay because I couldn't really find a suitable replacement sub, I ended up finding the exact same sub SWE-1243 listed as New - Open Box, Unused for $60 shipped. When I got it first thing I noticed is that the box beat up a little, no biggie, sub isn't wrapped in plastic, and it's missing the actual speaker grille cover, alright no biggie for open box, whatever. I installed it and turned the gain on my amp to half of what it was fired it up and it seemed to work okay. Over the next few days I babied it and left the gain down, I ended up tossing the packaging along with the inserts etc. The other evening I turned the gain up a little and noticed the sub wasn't working, I popped the trunk and noticed sure enough it's not moving, when I push in on the woofer a little it activates and it has that tell tale scratch of a damaged voice coil.


    Now I know my little setup cannot push enough to damage a voice coil (at least to my understanding?), it seems like the sub was damaged maybe from being used as a display. I bought the sub using PayPal and using a Citi Credit Card, but I've discarded the box, inserts etc it came in. I reached out to the seller asking if he was sure this was unused and explained the situation, but no response. Should I attempt to file a PayPal claim, dispute with my CC? Or at this point should I just chalk it up to poor luck and find a replacement?

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    Default Re: what should I do about a sub from ebay that's bad?

    Or did I kill it?

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    Default Re: what should I do about a sub from ebay that's bad?

    It depends on how much you want your money back, if it was enough money to make you angry then contact PayPal and Ebay, file a claim with whichever will get you your money back.

    If you aren't that upset about it, then just leave terrible reviews and file a complaint through Ebay.

    Just my opinion, it's your money and your decision.

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    Default Re: what should I do about a sub from ebay that's bad?

    I guess what I'm trying to find out is if I killed it, which I don't think I could have... But if I didn't is it feasible to try and do all of this without the packaging etc?

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    Default Re: what should I do about a sub from ebay that's bad?

    It was open box, so the packaging could have been so beat up that it wouldn't hold itself together and served no purpose to you, and since it was advertised as unused you installed it without worrying about whether it would work, because you trusted the seller, and they obviously deceived you with wrongful advertising since the sub is unable to perform as new, which it should be since it was unused...

    See where I'm going with this?

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    Default Re: what should I do about a sub from ebay that's bad?

    A sub will still fire wired backwards. A short would probably do more damage, but idk.

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