Any Tips for Buying Second Hand PS4 off Facebook Market?

So I've been looking to get a PS4 temporarily to play Red Dead Redemption 2 when it comes out. Been a fan of this game for a long time. Given that I am not particularly interested in any other game and that my friends are on PS, I decided to search for a cheap PS4 so I can sell it off after.

I did fine one and it's really cheap. Although the seller claims he sold the controller already, and the console itself is in perfect working condition.

I was wondering if anyone have smart ways I can inspect the item and exchange the money and goods and not come out of this at a loss in case the seller's claim turned out to be false. I just found it odd that its listed without a controller, but so drawn to the price we agreed on, and wanted to go about this with caution.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Cheers!

P.s - it does look like they are selling with the box too.

EDIT - Dude sold the PS4 off to someone else before we were set to meet.

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    How much is cheap?

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    Message the seller & ask for the item to be plugged in and if you can switch it on to make sure it's working when you arrive.

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    Definitely test it when you arrive, make sure it works (with game disk). Not sure with the PS4 Gen, but sometimes they can be loud if left on for a while so make sure it doesn't go loud after a few minutes (maybe test out a game running for a while). Do a typical normal visual inspection, particularly check to see if it has screws in and all down.

    Not sure if they do this also but check or ask if the console is banned (not sure if they ban the PS4s?)

    Other then that I will say there is a few cheaper original gen PS4s because they're quite old and a bit behind the slims and pro, so hopefully might understand the price if its a bit cheaper then you expected but obviously you never know. Good luck.

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      Yeah cheers, some points there I didn't consider myself. Will definitely ask them to run it for a little longer. Its the PS4 Slim, so am very pumped.

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    Although the seller claims he sold the controller already, and the console itself is in perfect working condition.

    Be careful with this one, ask seller WHY the controller is sold first by itself. Like above has said, the console could be banned already (eg: stolen, hack) or worst, random BSOD. And how much is cheap that you would willing to risk it. Then you need to buy a (new) controller, test it at seller's home, etc.

    If you only playing for just for 1 game, then why not spend a bit more money and get PS4 slim. Sell it when you are finish with the game.

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      Yeah, its the slim. I figured if I bought the slim at a cheaper than market price now, I can sell it off at a small profit or just break even. Right now, I could get a slim around $300.

      Do you know how I could check if it has been banned/ hacked?

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        Do you know how I could check if it has been banned/ hacked?

        Create/login to a PSN account. You probably won't be able to do this if the home doesn't have wifi internet but maybe you can hotspot to your mobile?

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    Which city u in, if u in southeastern Melbourne and are trustworthy i would be down to let u use my ps4 for free, IF U BUY RED DEAD REDEMPTION and let me keep it, as i wont even be playing until after year 12 exams? - 14th November

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      Did you just create an account just to say this?

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      This comment should be posted as it's own standalone bargain!

      Jokes aside though that's pretty generous and fair of you.

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        So, you think a rental fee of 25%+ of the purchase price of the console ($200) is fair and generous?

        I am not sure if you would feel the same if the car rental companies charged $5000 for the use of a car (say for 2 weeks) costing $20000!?!?! Would you consider that generous?

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      Cheers for your kind offer mate, but I might keep looking. Who knows, maybe I may decide to hold on to the console I buy.

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    Rather than buy a new controller, why dont you borrow a mates controller with usb-micro usb cable and game to test.

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    I reckon he has upgraded to a PS4 Pro and wants to keep the controller so he has 2.

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