I got my e140 just a few months after it came out, back in 2005. It’s the first Sansa SanDisk ever made, and the fancy ‘resume in the middle of the song’ hadn’t been added to the list of features yet. Let’s face it - it’s not that the e100 doesn’t resume properly, it’s that the thing is just too old to know how to do it in the first place.
Oh yeah and I wouldn’t go for a refurbished player if I were you…last I checked, you get no warranty with a refurb player.
I don’t think that feature is fancy at all - I think someone made a decision to start at the beginning of the current song rather than the current position in the current song, either to save space in not storing the position, or just too lazy. But the smaller model without the SD card does save the position, it seems.
I had one or two cheap, noname players before this, and they actually have menu options for resume. I’m still using one, but it’s getting old, and sometimes gets confused and won’t work until I reset it.
Anyway, I ordered a refurb. Refurbs are factory checked, and often better than new, because a new one can be broken out of the box, but the refurbs have been certified to work. And they usually have a warranty, but not always as long. I could pay an extra $5 for an extended warranty, which would then be longer than new, and still much cheaper, but at $15 (includes shipping), I can’t worry too much.