I would say, if he knows what he likes or has preferences, ask him; ie spool(ish) or poppet. If he doesn't have any idea and is a complete noob, get whatever is cheaper. He truly will be happy. You know personally what great products they are and the customer service backing that PE has. I say dont mull over it. IMHO thats the only 2 things you need to consider.
After all you are paying. Food for thought.
I have no feedback because I support a local store, and buy my gear brand new.
"Yet it brings back repressed memories of my institutionalized fondness of the archaic, yet hyper-organized paradox that is my beautiful US Navy. The duality of the state of my mind manifests itself in a cringing smile. It is the purveyance of confusion on how being micro-managed can have no real discernible goal or direction. Yet we as the body of the US Navy somehow, someway achieve perfection out of an utter circus that exist at every command, never really realizing or pinpointing how this perfection could have ever been achieved. HOO YAH! US Navy!"