Just purchase two WS-C2950G-24-EI switches. Both are labeled to be manufactured in 2004.
Problem I have is one switches blink the SYST LED amber, while STAT is solid green. I'm unable to console into it..
Second switch I seem to be able to console into. What worries me is it will continuously crash. Info here, but seems to be configurable at this point... I've completed a #write erase, reload; since it still had the previous config loaded, but hangs after reload and unable to console in until I power off the unit.... output.