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A sticky to help people find/buy legitimate old mice? (aka avoiding china fakes)

post #1 of 14
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This is just an idea that I think would help players and mice enthusiasts alike.

I see a lot of posts and threads from people who are trying to find old mice like intellimouse 3.0's or wheel mouse opticals. Since there are a lot of chinese fake mice that look almost identical to the originals, it can be hard to purchase a legitimate one if you're not aware of how easily they are faked. Whether it's ebay or alibaba or another weird site, or knowing which model numbers or dates to buy from, getting a fake one is very likely nowadays.

All this can be easily prevented with the right knowledge and resources, which is why it might be a good idea to have a sticky thread related to buying older mice. I know the rules are strict on buying and promoting store links, so I am not sure how that would work. In the very least, we could have the information needed to help people determine if they're buying a fake or a real one, based on model numbers or pictures from the boxes (or price)

Just wanted to shoot the idea out there, we could save people some money since they're usually coming here anyways to read reviews or summaries of mice.
post #2 of 14
One thing that's interesting is that there are mice that are basically half-fake, i.e. they have a genuine sensor assembly/optical encoder but other parts are counterfeit. I actually have one such mouse from Miorosoft, as detailed in a discussion beginning here.
post #3 of 14
People here normally suggest Takasta otherwise it's pretty much buyer beware.
post #4 of 14
i try to buy the old mlt04 mice with its original package to be absolutely sure it's new.

on a related note, wat's this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-IntelliMouse-Optical-X08-70357-PC-Mac-PS-2-USB-NEW-Rare-Employee-Item-/191778932671
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post #5 of 14
That's called a "scam".
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but free internet service for 3 months!
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post #7 of 14
I want a IME3.0 LE but all the ones I find are off-white... frown.gif
Gotta eagle-eye those craigslists and small ads I guess.
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i bought a new, in-box legends edition ime3.0 last year from a u.s. seller (digitaloutlet or something) and it was slightly off-white.
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post #9 of 14
Yeah, I think the Chinese kept and keep producing these with all-around legit hardware, but the color is too semen-y...
post #10 of 14
I have one somewhere that I purchased upon initial release that I'll one day restore. It suffers from double left clicking, badly.
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