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I'll use my own situation as an example. I got a regular-speed 8800GT from Newegg for the retail price (I was in a hurry) of $239.99. Now, I can get that much money as credit for a step-up, but I will pay the retail price for the new card, for example, an 8800GTS 512MB of $360. That means I pay $120 for the new card.

I can sell this card anywhere for $190, probably up to $210 to the right buyer (someone who hates MIRs, isn't in-the-know). Let's say $190 to be totally safe. Then I can buy a GTS 512MB for $230 after MIR, let's say the MIR doesn't work and I pay $260.

So through a step-up, my total cost is $120. Through selling my card to someone else and buying from Newegg, my total cost is $70. I can save $50 this way and it's the WORST CASE scenario.

If I sell to an average person on craigslist or something for $210 and then the rebate works out that I pay $230 for the new card, I pay $20 to upgrade! I save $100 from the step-up route!

I mean, for an OCN-or-similar user, stepping up is a total waste of money! I'm kind of wondering why it's so popular around here. Can anyone give me an example of where it would be financially beneficial?
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to people who don't want to wait around to find a buyer or something like that
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well its very scenario dependent..i rememebr a lot of people stepping up from their 7950GX2 to the 8800GTX which imo was a good move..now with this new generation the differneces between the high end cards is basically pinching pennies, so like i said it depends on the situation, but its always nice to have the option
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The whole point of the step up though is so you can actually upgrade to something which is notably better. Like going from an 8600 to an 8800. Or an 8800 to a 9800 etc...
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Going from an 8800GT to an 8800GTS is a just a terrible example because there would ne no point in doing so really. The point of the step-up in your case would be to step-up to say a 9800GX2 and pay $360 instead of the retail $600.
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I always felt the Step Up was a marketing gimmick.
    
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Originally Posted by Guruboy View Post
I'll use my own situation as an example. I got a regular-speed 8800GT from Newegg for the retail price (I was in a hurry) of $239.99. Now, I can get that much money as credit for a step-up, but I will pay the retail price for the new card, for example, an 8800GTS 512MB of $360. That means I pay $120 for the new card.

I can sell this card anywhere for $190, probably up to $210 to the right buyer (someone who hates MIRs, isn't in-the-know). Let's say $190 to be totally safe. Then I can buy a GTS 512MB for $230 after MIR, let's say the MIR doesn't work and I pay $260.

So through a step-up, my total cost is $120. Through selling my card to someone else and buying from Newegg, my total cost is $70. I can save $50 this way and it's the WORST CASE scenario.

If I sell to an average person on craigslist or something for $210 and then the rebate works out that I pay $230 for the new card, I pay $20 to upgrade! I save $100 from the step-up route!

I mean, for an OCN-or-similar user, stepping up is a total waste of money! I'm kind of wondering why it's so popular around here. Can anyone give me an example of where it would be financially beneficial?
It's all depending on the card you are stepping up to. I am in the process of stepping up to an eVGA 9800 GX2, and the thing is they are going off of the price I paid, tax and shipping included, which was $388 for my GTS 512, because I bought it right when it came out. I will be paying only $212 shipped for my GX2. There's no gimmick here because ALL GX2s are 600 bucks right now. Although I might wait until the Superclocked comes out.

Thing is, you are dealing with a depreciated value when you sell to private parties, but with the step-up, it's based on the price you paid. So long as everything that the card came with is included (I keep all my stuff in the box on my shelf above my desk, and even left the protective plastic film cover on the label. In fact, I keep all of my hardware's original everything in their boxes, because I buy then sell within 8 months to a year later). Yes, you COULD sell on Craigslist and get $190, but it isn't nearly as fast as eBay. Ever time I use eBay to sell my computer parts (about twice a year), I end up getting about 20 dollars less than what I paid for it, except for when it's some really old stuff. Heck, when I sold my 8800 GTX, I ended up getting 50 bucks MORE than what I paid for it. Well, then again, I'm a bit of a master when it comes to eBay.
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I always felt the Step Up was a marketing gimmick.
i agree with this 100%.
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Well if you have time, I would definitly try selling it to someone before, and also, if the step up isn't expired, that will also improve your chances of selling the card at an higher price. Just one thing:
-avoid Ebay, Ebay=cheapness
For example I have an Evga card and I thought that I would use the step up for the 9800GX2 2 months ago. Well, in two months I realized that for now I didn't want any new card so in the end the step up is useless for me and doesn't justify the higher price tag. Anyways, now that BFG Tech is doing step up as well, I'm going back to BFG, they are the friendliest people and they are located in Illinois or right next to it, so RMA= < 7 days if needed.
    
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So basically a step up is only worth it to me if I can't wait for prices on Newegg and such to drop under retail. Alright then, I'll just not be a stupid buyer from now on lol.
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