It's quite simple, although the CP liquidators post said "like new", these were most certainly BRAND NEW controllers that were delivered to me. It was clear when I got them why there were a little cheaper. It seems that they are selling the chinese version of the hardware. FRANKLY it doesn't matter, the instructions have english and chinese instead of english and french or whatever the Canadian version of the product would have. I don't really care though since it was so much cheaper to get 3 additional controllers from this retailer.
The packaging was very appropriate given the controllers themselves are VERY well packed.
I assumed the white ball part would have a ping pong ball texture, but in fact they have a rubber ball feel, which makes them durable should you accidentally hit the ceiling with them while playing volleyball. I don't recommend testing out this theory, but it worked fine after I did so.
All in all, Amazon came through again.