Here's my story of how I got screwed over; I'm recounting it so that others don't have to make the same mistakes-
About nine months ago, I started getting into the forums and was ready for my first RD. After checking GOL, the forums, and other sites, I decided on the Bel RX65. It costs about $300-$330 retail, but I'm an avid eBay user and decided that I shouldn't pay sticker price. There are many auctions on eBay that list for $100 off the retail price. The auctions say in clear language that the RDs are "Brand New in Box" and that the seller gives a 1yr/3yr/Lifetime warranty because Bel won't warranty auctioned RDs.
I even had the foresight to get a warranty from SquareTrade for $15 for 3 years. I figured that I was double covered. So, I get the RD in the mail, looks nice and new with charger, box, manual etc.
Everything is fine for about three months, until the lettering (e.g. 'City NoX') starts to blink intermittently. The next day, the RX65 goes into SelfCal and then starts flashing 'Service Required'. Daamn.
So, I get on the phone with SquareTrade to get it warranty repaired. They then ask me for the serial number. Hmmm...... it seems that the seller removed the serial number when he sold it... SO, they tell me that they can't warranty something without a serial number. So much for that.
So, I contact the seller and he tells me that he will send me a new unit. I send it to him and he then requests $20 for the shipping and handling. A bit offput, I tell him that I'll pay but I need to be guaranteed that this unit will work or that I will not have to pay shipping again. He agrees. The new unit works fine.
Fast forward to May. I'd been out of the country for a while, but I used the new RD for about a combined 3 months. It then starts to go into SelfCal again and flashes 'Service Required'. Daamn. So, I contact the seller again. He then shoots me an email saying that the last one was 'damaged so bad that he almost lost [his] license to sell them' and he won't honor the warranty. BULL. Mine wasn't damaged at all.
At least Bel will repair it for $59.95 with proof of purchase (even from eBay).
Lesson here: Don't buy RDs off of eBay, even if they seem like a great deal.