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Buying computer components on E--B-a-y

Discussion in 'Computing' started by DrGonz, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. DrGonz

    DrGonz Active Member

    Ok I have been browsing E-b-a-y to look at prices for some items to put together a new computer system that will be used as a home audio unit. I have seen some really good prices but am still weary about buying anything like this on that site. For starters there is really no warranty of products in many regards. I have seen great deals on processors, RAM, fans, etc. Like an AMD Phenom x6 2.8ghz chip that is really a great deal. Also, found some really good priced SSD hard drives, that are 128gb drives. Way cheaper than anything I have come across at all the other online or Fry's electronic type businesses.

    What I am wanting to know is if anyone here has had a nightmare w/ refurbished products being put online? Or has anyone here purchased a processor or hard drive online from this site that had a great experience?

    Any opinions are welcomed and I will check back later. Not in any rush to buy this computer but am just looking to combine all my resources. I am trying to make this my best computer yet w/ out breaking the bank. Thanks for any info!
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I don't recommend buying ebay parts unless you know the company/individual personally. I have bought lcd replacement screens before and if you can find new in box items that you can verify the UPC as the item you need that may work. But again, you have no warranty. You also have no recourse if the component is bad. Two of the four laptop batteries I have bought on ebay were DOA for instance. Whether it was sitting too long in the UPS truck in -10F winter of Montana I don't know but I was out that cash. Then there is the huge counterfeit market for especially CPU's. I'd say purchase your main components at a reputable dealer and save ebay for peripheral or less important items if you really want to go that route. For like new items though, the prices are not that far off of retail from Newegg and similar anyway. Kind of like a new in box SM57 is going to cost you more or less $100 whether it's on ebait or at Guitar Center.
  3. DrGonz

    DrGonz Active Member

    I was thinking this same exact thought that you have given... If it's too good to be true then it's probably not a good idea. Although some of the seller's seem very reputable and have good prices. I have been buying most of my computer gear from Fry's and have had the best of luck, so why start chancing things now. Never needed to return a bad product, but if I needed to it would be easy to do. Thanks for the feedback.
  4. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    Personally, I tend to shy away from retail dealers selling on ebay and purchase from individuals. I've not had any horror stories to report so far and have purchased motherboards, RAM, Antec enclosures etc. I look at the individual's rating and number of transactions, then look at his personal style of representing the product when choosing to see if I think he could be a dick if there was any problem with it when I received it.

    That being said, I probably purchase a lot more from reputable retailers like TigerDirect because they are generally price competitive and offer a 30 day no questions asked money back guarantee..
  5. DrGonz

    DrGonz Active Member

    Thanks Lambchop for the advice! I think your totally spot on in your selection of better Ebait sellers, and will use your feedback to pick the right people to do business with on that site. I appreciate the idea of buying brand new w/ warranty to the products that I am purchasing too.
  6. lambchop

    lambchop Active Member

    Glad I could be of some assistance. Good luck with your purchasing!
  7. traz

    traz Active Member

    second post!! I know a Canadian is not much help in AZ but after some research into an Canadian ebay seller I bought this: I7-950 asusP6T-SE kingston 1333 DDR3 6gb ATI HD5450 3 seagate hds win7 64bit coolmaster 650 watt ...and could not be happier. great price... saved about 400 bucks with this system........ no problems after six months of everyday use, so it can be done. what I did was inquire with emails on the system I wanted and waited for reply's.... the one that was the most responsive got my business. good luck traz

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