Porn found on refurbished game systems

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Porn found on refurbished game systems

Right around the holiday’s, a few families came forward to say that there was porn found on refurbished game systems that they had purchased.

Brandon Giles, 5, from Colorado found nine porn images on the computer that was purchased as a refurb from GameStop. His Dad called to tell them and they said the images must have been left over from the previous owner.

Cameron Willett, purchased a refurb Nintendo system at a Tuscon GameStop and found porn images while setting up the system for his kids.

Kanisha Morning, says there was porn on a brand new Zeki Android Tablet that she purchased from Target for her daughter.

Being the skeptic that I sometimes am, I wonder if any of the people coming forward have done so, after hearing from others that may have legitimately found these images, in the hopes of suing someone since we seem to be such a sue happy society.

I can understand why parents are upset, however, there are a few issues going on here.

First and foremost, people have to understand that refurbed electronics can be awesome deals, especially in this economy.  Qualified refurbishers are supposed to check out all components before reselling the item.

That said, you do know that someone, somewhere pre-owned the product so it would be prudent to take actions like Cameron Willett, who checked out the system first so that, if there is a problem, you will detect it before your young children do.

Similarly, although I am not a psychologist and am NOT a porn advocate at all, I highly doubt that a kid will be scarred for life after seeing some naked people and says “Mommy, what’s this? as you grab the item from him or her and quickly delete it.

If you would have checked it out in the first place, you would have discovered it.

In the case of the new tablet, if it did occur, then it is troublesome because since, it is a new product, it is a very reasonable expectation to expect that the product is in perfect condition.

Many years ago, I purchased a brand new V3 Pink Razor phone – it was the in thing then.  I got home and excitedly started to set it up.  The box was sealed and when I got to the pictures, there were 10 photos that were not stock photos. They were pictures of 2 girls, and although they were not pornographic, I just couldn’t understand how they got here.

I brought the phone back and, to this day, I don’t think they believed me.  I insisted that I had no clue who the people were in the photos and demanded another new phone.  I checked it out, in front of them and, satisfied that it was really new, took my purchase home.

To this day, I do not know if the photos were taken in the store, and the box then resealed, or if they were taken wherever the phone was manufactured.

Not even Amazon was spared this season, when it inadvertently sold a stolen iPhone as a refurb to a customer.

The lesson here is to thoroughly check out your new toys whether they are new or refurbished game systems, computers, tablet or phones, especially before giving them to children.

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