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Before I declare this one a loss I want to get a second or third opinion. At Lowe's/Home Depot GFCI outlets cost $9 and $14 for 15A and 20A (package of 3). On craigslist I see an ad: $5 and $6 for 15A and 20A. It's a small hole-in-the-wall electronics warehouse type of store. OK so I decide to visit the place to buy quantity one 20A and quantity two 15A outlets. The guy says he'll sell me a whole box of the 15A's for $4.50 each. That's 1/2 price Lowes/Home Depot! I fell for it. On the ranch after struggling for some time I realize the outlets don't work. I hook them up just like the diagram says. Take the yellow sticker off. Black wire to brass screw. White wire to silver screw. Ground to green screw. Use probe to check the black wire is live/hot and white/ground complete a circuit. Press reset after connecting the wires several times. Try as I may I can't get the receptacle to work. I figure it might be a bad apple. So I try another then another from the box. Nothing. Then I try the 20A. Works the first time. It would appear that the entire 10-pack of 15A GFCI receptacles that the hole-in-the-wall sold me are bad. Is there anything I could be doing wrong when I install these or is it just a bad batch and I got shafted?