Maintenance and sustaining well-made and designed audio gear is good for the soul. It's certainly good for the tape deck! Whatever the scenario, right now I'm having a lot of fun with tape, cassettes and decks. More so than with more modern formats (streaming, or 'DSD arms-race' digital audio). I like getting to use quality cassettes and decks I couldn't afford 30 years ago. And I like discovering music that I missed along the way, while I was doing other things. I accept it's different for others, and that's okay, isn't it? If you're worried about the condition of a prospective deck, buy from another enthusiast or engineer on TapeHeads. They've got skin in the game and reputations to maintain. Plus you'd be helping keep the the core of the community going strong.