questionschallenge: can you find a quality, cheap cd…

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I would advise doing a search on ebay, checking your local craig's list or garage sales. -- For both items.

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Here's a question for the sake of clarity: You say it must have a headphone jack. Does it need to have speakers, too? Or is a player with ONLY a headphone jack OK?

Also, another question, just out of curiosity: Why do you NOT allow it to have any recording capability?

I'll start searching, once I get your answer about speakers.

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This one is out of your price range:
http://www.kmart.com/memorex-portable-cd-boombox-with-am-fm-radio/p-018W020713640001P

But it's what I have and has great speakers. You're asking too much at that price if you want it to have speakers. If you don't want speakers, and you want a handheld device, I don't think those are being made anymore. I'm sure you can find a great price at a garage sale or on eBay. MP3 players have so much storage and better battery life. And can hold CD-quality sound. And even if you find cheap CD's, they can be converted very quickly.

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I'm going to take a stab at the no recording ability, and this might also answer why the obvious answer of "MP3 player" is also out. Secure area where no recording devices can be brought in whatsoever.

But then again, in any of the environments where I may or may not (ahem) have been exposed to such rules, they certainly wouldn't allow a personal CD player either, considering a third grader with a spike through his head could easily swap the internal parts. A boombox would be entirely out of the question. Places that are serious about security don't accept "Oh yeah, I promise this doesn't record" at face value, and rather than inspect every device, will just ban them.

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@crowbite: It doesn't have to have speakers, but they would be nice. As for the no recording and no MP3 player, @still99 may be on the right track...

@omnichad: I thought so too, but it seemed like all of the ones I saw were either too crappy or too expensive. Maybe I'm just too picky.

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Pawn shops have tons of them......

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Still looking?

I may be able to help you out, but it's going to be a couple of days before I can get to the one I have in storage.. Let me know if you are interested and I will send you more info via PM at Woot! Prime.

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@barnabee: I finally bit the bullet and just bought one. Thanks for the offer though! On a side note, and i know this has been brought up before, but Woot really needs a better/easier to find PM system...

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As for the used cds, how picky are you about music? The cheapest places around me (probably nowhere near you) are Half Price Books and Goodwill. Goodwill is mostly great if you really like the '90's, although last weekend I could have picked up an entire Zamfir collection had I the impulse (in its defense, I once found the 2-cd X collection Beyond and Back for $1.99--still pretty '90's in spirit, but no pan flute).

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@mossygreen: I have checked out Goodwill and they do occasionally have some good stuff. I'll have to see if there is a Half Price Books around me. Thanks!