Needed Tedious Clean Up but Now Works Great
The GBA arrived promptly but on close inspection before I handed it over to my son I looked inside the cartridge chamber and noticed some gunk (adhesive?--something gummy) that was blocking one of the "prongs" (not sure what to call that). It was very hard to remove this as it was sticky and pressed down into the hole--it took an hour of carefully extracting it using a thin piece of wire dipped in a scant amount of alcohol.) I also noticed the screws holding the unit together were corroded (not a big deal, but it made me wonder the condition the machine had been kept in in its first life.) "Refurbishment", I found myself wondering, might just be the replacement of the plastic door over the battery compartment (is a different plastic) since I saw no signs of love to the unit anywhere else. HOWEVER, all that said, with a bit of elbow grease, it works fine and my son is satisfied with it. And the price was certainly right. (But I admit I would have paid a tad bit more not to have to clean a gummy blob out of the cartridge chamber.) Hopefully they check other units more carefully than they did ours and this was just a bizarre glitch (like when they tested it an adhesive label somehow got caught in the game insert space.) If I could split star reviews I would give three to "condition arrived in" and four to "works well enough for us to feel we got our money's worth."
Reviewed by: Gamer Mom from Baltimore, MD on 6/29/2018