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Ebay CPU Marketing - False Clock Speeds - My Reponse!

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Hey all,

I just saw a supposed "4.0Ghz" laptop on Ebay... actually several of them. So, I decided to email the seller, who surprisingly has a 100% feedback score. Further into the auction, it says "4.0Ghz (2 x 2.0Ghz), but that's quite easy to miss. In my opinion this misleads consumers who are completely unawares of the truth.

I just sent the seller this email... whether I get a response, I have no idea.

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Hi there,

I would just like to raise an issue with the advertisement of this laptop. It is currently listed as having a 4Ghz CPU, which I find is untrue and misleading to consumers. 2 x 2.0Ghz does not equal a 4Ghz clock speed. Mathematically it makes some sense, but in practice this couldn't be farther from the truth.

Sorry to be a pain, but I have seen plenty of dual or quad core CPUs Ebay, marketed to have a higher clock speed by simply "multiplying".

As you're a respectable 100% seller, I hope you could maybe adjust these values on your listings in order to reflect the true performance.

Best Regards
Its the best I could do to help the general computing community! I don't like seeing the regular public ripped off due to their lack of computing knowledge.
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post #2 of 29
Lol. At least you tried to help.
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post #3 of 29
this happens all the time, and who knows the consumer prolly thinks its 4ghz cause its as fast as a 4ghz p4 lol
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lol rock out! keep fightin for the lil'man.
   
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post #5 of 29
You are a good samaritan! (or however it's spelt)
post #6 of 29
2.4Ghz * 4 cores = 9.6Ghz!!11!11!11!!
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I sometimes think I can be too polite when complaining...maybe I should have been more rude
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post #8 of 29
Well, in my opinion, it probably evens out. If people don't know what they are looking at, they probably don't need to. They are presumably shopping on price, so you would think they would still get something within their needs anyways.
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post #9 of 29
anyone buying a computer on ebay better know what they're doing, if they dont, they deserve their 9.6Ghz computer for 3k
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post #10 of 29
Agreed. Anyone buying a computer off eBay, especially a custom one, should have all their ducks in a row before spending the cash. It might and might not be a sham though. Maybe the seller really has no idea and just did the simple math. By the time the e-mail got to him it was too late to make a change to that part of the auction and a retraction would give bidders a reason to back out and fumble the sale? That's my "good in people" theory.

It could be however a total arse that is playing on the stupidity of others. I see it all the time at a store I got to a lot (for now...let's call it Flikerow Scentor). There are times where I want to rip that nasty price-hiked 8600GT out from between the customer and salesman and correct something wrong in this world. My level of assertion doesn't allow me this so I write it off as buyer beware = educate YOURSELF!
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