I’m not preaching. I’m sharing my experiences. My experience goes against what you are saying. 😁
You're preaching to someone who has been there done that... I'm just saying that you statistically have a good/decent chance you will get a "like new" product from Argos or Tesco refurbs. You have an almost zero chance you will get a "like new" from MusicMagpie. It's not that difficult to understand that logic.
I’ve had 4 from musicMagpie and 1 from Argos. 3 of the MusicMagpie ones were in better condition than the Argos one. If you check out previous threads for the other retailers you’ll see they are just as hit and miss with their quality.
It's not the same though, as Argos and Tesco could well be unwanted returns... Musicmagpie will only have secondhand items, that have been sold to them for less than what they're worth. Which makes it a much higher chance that the condition is going to be (poo)
As with all the major retailers refurbs...Argos, Tesco and MusicMagpie, they are hit and miss. But worth a punt if you are after an older console for homebrew purposes.