I've got a DOA fridge that I'm having to have a service tech come look at a second time. The dealer I bought it from has been accused of selling refurbished items as new in the past. How would a person actually go about finding that information out?

I noticed this stamp on the back. Do you suppose I'm getting excited about nothing?

Back of refrigerator

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    If you can find a plate with a manufacturing date that isn't close to Oct 2015, then the "fix..." is suspicious. Maybe contact the manufacturer with the serial number and see what they say. – Aloysius Defenestrate Dec 11 '15 at 0:36
  • You can Google "appliance serial number lookup" and find numerous sites that allow you to look up the manufacture date of your appliance. – BillDOe Dec 11 '15 at 1:45
  • Ah yes, looks like I'm (as I suspected) just having some bad luck. Somehow I missed the manufacture date on the label, even though it's clearly labelled "Manufacture date." – mootinator Dec 11 '15 at 2:29
  • Seems like you figured this out, but for future reference, the "dox matrix" style of that "FIX" line is only produced by high-speed printing heads installed on large machines in a factory. There's not really any way to print something like that outside of an industrial setting. – JPhi1618 Dec 11 '15 at 15:07
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    @JPhi1618 - Handheld inkjet printers are readily available. It's conceivable that a repair depot might use one to tag repaired products. – Johnny Dec 14 '16 at 6:10

Completely new appliances come with packing materials. Everything from the box to the instructions sealed in a plastic bag. Stainless surfaces will have protective plastic films that are removed after delivery and installation. Shipping blocks and moveable parts taped so that they do not move while being transported.

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