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I have never bought anything from Ebay before. I saw a few really, really good deals on used GPU's though that have enticed me to place a bid. I'm worried that these used cards might end up being someone elses failed overclocking cards that are bricked, or have fan problems, or something like that. If it had bad fan whining sounds would I be able to get my money back?
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eBay's buyer protection is very good so even if you buy a GPU and it's dodgy, you can be pretty certain you won't get burned.
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yea youre pretty safe bought one from amazon and one from ebay both in great shape at the time. Had one issue with a seller never sending it out for over 3 weeks and he kept saying he didnt have time etc. ebay/paypal refunded me right away.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by twerk View Post

eBay's buyer protection is very good so even if you buy a GPU and it's dodgy, you can be pretty certain you won't get burned.

This. eBay is ridiculously buyer friendly. Sellers usually get burned all the time, but its great to be a buyer on the bay. I'd do your homework, read the text and if everything checks out you're probably good to go.
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post #5 of 17
try to get a gpu with either transferable warranty or a card that hasn't been registered yet.
Ask for their original sales receipt
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I often sell my graphics card on eBay since I still don't have enough rep to sell on OCN. Unless they described there is an issue with the card in the description you can use it to open a case and get your money back.

Sellers on the other hand get the shorter end of the stick. PayPal deducts some when the buyer pays you and then that eBay fee of ~10% after. frown.gif Auctions in a way help cushion the fees if bidding is high.

Otherwise eBay is a pretty nice place to buy cards. They're better than new eggs open box and refurbished since they seem to always be missing some or all accessories.
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Is it common for sellers to list items extremely low priced, watch the bidding, and if it doesn't get high enough cancel the listing? It just seems like something someone would do, I don't want to waste my time if people are just using me for an appraisal.
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post #8 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Krulani View Post

If it had bad fan whining sounds would I be able to get my money back?

No, unless it physically doesnt work you cant claim a refund just because the fan whines. I assume you might be referring to coil whine, in which case no you cant claim a refund since this doesnt mean the card doesn't work.
post #9 of 17
I've bought and sold a lot of hardware on Ebay...never had a bad experience. Same goes for the OCN market place (I typically look there first).

Save for one time I sold some memory on ebay and it arrived DOA. It was working when I packed them, I swear. I offered a refund, but the buyer just RMA'd them and got new ones and gave me a good feedback anyway. I think they were actually happy they didn't work.

Also keep in mind a lot of those "for parts" sales you see on Ebay have hardware that is still under warranty from vendors that just go off the serial number (meaning the warranty passes to the new owner).
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Alright, thanks for the advice. I'd show you guys the card I'm referring to, but i don't want anyone else bidding wink.gif Haha
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