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    Never buy from eBay.

    Last year I bought a almost new, branded power supply, from eBay and have just found out it is the thing that has been causing intermittent computer problems with a dual core build, that was meant to be my next PC. I just had this mental block, I never thought it could be the power supply, because it was so new and such a good make. you live and learn.

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    Presumably the person before sussed it and sold it on, any chance of support from the manufacturer?

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    Quote Originally Posted by Duke_ View Post
    Presumably the person before sussed it and sold it on, any chance of support from the manufacturer?
    Not much, unless they do it as a goodwill gesture. Rarely are warranty's transferable.

    Still, saying "never" buy from eBay is a bit extreme. Be very wary, yes, but there are reputable sellers and good bargains.

    For instance, I bought a decent (though not fancy) watch, at about half what the high street would have cost me. It's entirely legit, and 5 years later, has never given a hint of a problem. Or, I bought a power supply for an MP3 player. It's apparently unused, manufacturer original, works perfectly, and cost me (IIRC) about £1, inc postage, and the lady selling threw in a USB cable that was spare, despite the fact it hadn't been advertised as included, and that my minimum opening bid was the only, and therefore winning, bid. In fact, it cost here a bit more for the postage than I paid for the item, a point she made and laughed at in the note with the item.

    Or, I bought an HP cartridge for my laser printer and under £10, when it would have cost me about £80 in a local shop. It was legit HP, in date and perfect.

    There are bargains, and there are legit sellers. It's just a shame that there are rip-off artists and scammers too. Still, it brings home the old legal principle caveat emptor, buyer beware. You do take a risk.

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    I have over 1000 feedback from buying and selling on eBay and I've had very few problems

    What PSU was it that you had a issue with?
    Someone left a note on a piece of cake in the fridge that said, "Do not eat!". I ate the cake and left a note saying, "Yuck, who the hell eats paper ?

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    Hey everyone, eBay is pretty cool, but if someone deliberately did sell me a faulty PSU it was a Seasonic 430w power supply by the way. It's amazing the negative cosmic ripples it has caused me. I was planning to put this PSU in my new sandy Bridge build. and I wouldn't have even upgraded if my dual core I was putting together had worked.

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    The more appropriate advice would be - "never buy second hand computer parts from eBay that you need to be 100% stable and last a long time". There's no way to know how much abuse they've taken.

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    Not much, unless they do it as a goodwill gesture. Rarely are warranty's transferable.
    True, I understand XFX offer a transferable warranty system on some products. Completely agree that eBay isn't a bad place, I've dealt with some extremely helpful sellers and buyers. Two buyers stand out in particular - they were decent enough to post the items which were intended for each other, I'd mixed up their addresses before labelling two parcels on the same day They were both incredibly understanding and one even refused the offer of money for the postage costs and compensation.

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    Perhaps the lesson to take home would be to only buy something you can test straight away (and file a claim with Paypal if it doesn't work)? My experience with Ebay has largely been fine, but there is always some risk when you buy from someone if you can't test for a while (on their end, they may think that you did something to it in all those months).

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    Quote Originally Posted by sadbuttrue View Post
    The more appropriate advice would be - "never buy second hand computer parts from eBay that you need to be 100% stable and last a long time". There's no way to know how much abuse they've taken.
    yes exactly like what you said. Angry at myself really.
    Last edited by Anteries; 19-01-2011 at 08:15 PM.

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    Always depends on who and what is being sold, my biggest peeve with fleabay is the people who bid stuff up to more than you can buy it for new and the actual scarcity of people who are just selling off their old stuff (way too many people trying to make a business trading on fleabay, eg back when the p55 msi motherboards came out and there was the 50% off deal, so many people who wanted one couldn't get one and a couple of days later fleabay got flooded with them at retail prices

    So now we get the double impact of prices on fleabay being pushed up and retail offers getting snapped up, making far fewer bargains available to the people who actually want to buy them to use them.
    Funny the way fleabay's tv ads make it look like lots of people just selling off their old stuff cheap when fleabay has evolved out of that years ago.

    On a side note one company I do like who's using fleabay in a great way is Novatech, they flog off old excess stock, open box stock & returns that prove non-faulty on fleabay.

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    somit like a psu its difficult to work out how its been used.. you should edit the thread title to say "never buy a psu from ebay" and probably a few people might agree...

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    I think the problems on Ebay can be both buyers and sellers. Generally I've had good experiences but, had a couple of bad buyers and sellers.

    I'm never going to bother selling computer parts or electronics on there again after the experience with a CPU I sold.

    Shame you didn't test the PSU when you got it, If you had you could have just sent it back as faulty.

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    I never bought anything from eBay. I heard enough from people who tell things they bought turn out to be junk. Forget about support and warranties when you are trading in eBay.

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    Re: Never buy from eBay.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    Funny the way fleabay's tv ads make it look like lots of people just selling off their old stuff cheap when fleabay has evolved out of that years ago.
    Even when it is that people are still not truthful either. I bid and won an ex Sky Netgear 834GT and the photo showed an 834GT. When it arrived it was the 934G as it had written on the box and the guy seemed to think he had done nothing wrong. At that time the later was going for less than half the price I paid. Just dodgy scammers alot of them.

    As you say there are far too many people trying to make a fast buck on there these days. Many people deliberately describing things wrong or just selling broken stuff as working. Couple that with the buyers that are not always 100% straight and it has ruined Ebay in my opinion. Even when sellers on Ebay were reported for selling counterfeit goods, Ebay did not remove their listings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    On a side note one company I do like who's using fleabay in a great way is Novatech, they flog off old excess stock, open box stock & returns that prove non-faulty on fleabay.
    Any chance of a link? Im struggling to find it

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    Last edited by Disturbedguy; 03-03-2011 at 12:27 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    It didn't fall off, it merely became insufficient at it's purpose and got a bit droopy...

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