An iPod is an iPod, unless it's a second hand or used iPod, in which case it's iPod with history.
Now there's nothing wrong with a bit of gadget history, but when you're purchasing a second hand iPod there's a few things you want to watch out for.
The attraction to used and second hand iPod's is understandable. You can pick one up for a cheaper price then elsewhere, and you're saving money. But that's where the differences end, and there's some pro's and con's to be considered:
I Got Me A Flat Battery.
The most crucial thing you want to enquire about when purchasing a used iPod is the state of the internal, Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) battery. These batteries now feature in the entire range of iPods - from the iPod nano to the iPod touch. Now battery technology has come along way from the days of Rechargeable Nickel Cadmium batteries (no doubt some of you would be at an age where you'd have no idea what i'm on about - that's fine).
However, Li-Ion batteries are still prone to wear and tear, and eventually, they fail. Most reports i have seen state that a good Li-Ion battery will soldier on for around 500 charges. So, if you use your device around 3 times a week, expect it to last around 2 - 3 years before the battery goes kaput.
So... when you're shopping around for a used iPod, be SURE to ask this question. A good way to put it is like this : 'Hey, could you tell me how much battery life you get out of this iPod?' . Any decent seller will tell you. Avoid anyone who refuses to answer this question or gives a hazy / vague answer. They might be trying to offload their iPod that has a near dead battery to an unsuspecting buyer. You don't want that now...
I Need Me Some New Tread, Man.
Wear and tear is a normal part of daily existence. Hell, even humans cannot avoid it and we all pass away some day. But this article is not a discussion about death and rebirth. We're talking iPod's here.
When you're looking at potential second hand iPod's, always check out if they have any wear and tear. Scratches, dints, screen cracks and other damage are all undesirable, and they also point to another hidden factor - misuse, neglect and abuse.
On the other hand, someone who has taken care of their iPod will have kept it safe from scratches and dents, and this is the kind of iPod you want to purchase.
Of course, there's nothing stopping you from buying a beat up old iPod. It'll probably still work. The question is.. how long?
So there you go folks, our basic, no frills, but all important buying guide to used and second hand iPod's.
PS : Don't forget that if your iPod in question comes with earphones, you most likely don't want to use them. Think about it - they've been in someone else's ears, for long periods of time, over many, many weeks or months. Gross!
Buy yourself some new iPod Headphones!