Should we care if a piece of equipment comes from a pet-free, kid-free, smoke-free home?

I agree that I do not want a preamp or speaker coated with a film of smoke, but I am confused as to what a child or pet could do that would not be otherwise visible. You would see the cat scratches on the speaker grill, the dog chew marks on the rack, the iguana turds in the amplifier cooling vents. And what's a little dog hair among friends? As a 3 year old, I supposedly put my finger through my grandfather's new DIY speaker but I'm pretty sure he replaced the drivers so even that doesn't really matter. Most things will be visible and/or easily remedied.  Maybe the price will even be a little lower because of the cosmetics. If it doesn't mess with function, not a big deal to me.

What concerns me more is does it come from a drunk-free, drug-free home.  I think befuddled owners are far more worrisome than pets or children.




Those two hacks never wrote anything even close to as good as The Art Of The Deal.

Yeah, that guy Schwartz can really write.

I had purchased an amp on EBAY that said smoke free. As soon as I broke the seal on the box it smelled like a thousand ash trays. It is very important. The pet free can be important. I would appreciate them blowing out the component with a compressor. I have bought things from people that had cats that urinated everywhere in the house but not on the item I bought. It still smells like cat urine. Especially if the unit creates heat. If you want to be sure if there is a smell issue then take it over to another house and see if they can smell it.