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I wanna know your opinion on buying newegg refurbished items, such as graphics cards. I was looking at a very nice nVidia 6800 card, for just $244.
Does the price difference compensate for the risks you take when getting refurb items?
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As long as you can still RMA it (i.e. it's not an "as-is" purchase), then yes, it is a good deal. Generally, refurbished items are simply returned items that the company has decided actually work. But they are not allowed to sell them as "new". (A refurbished item could also mean it was repaired somehow, but how could NewEgg repair a video card? It has to simply be a returned card.)

Never buy anything "as-is", of course.
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hmm... they do say this:

"Newegg.com guarantees all refurbish products for 15 days. CPUs, however, must be returned within 7 days for refund. All refurbish merchandise should be considered OEM "barebone" parts. Barebone means Newegg.com can only guarantee the item by itself, no other accessories. Despite what the product's description indicates, refurbish merchandise may not include all of the accessories mentioned on our website or the manufacturers. Newegg.com is therefore limited to the barebone part of the item itself. Please do not be upset or surprised if a refurbish product does not contain any cables, manual, software, drivers, fan, et al. Newegg.com will not send you any missing accessories, even if it is an essential part.

Newegg.com certainly does not like to discourage sales, but only experienced pc enthusiasts should consider refurbish items that know how to deal with possibly missing accessories. Please only purchase refurbish products if you are willing to resolve defects and/or know how to obtain missing accessories.

Refurbishitems are not for dealers. We therefore reserve the right to cancel any applicable orders which may violate this warning. We are simply discouraging those who want to take advantage of this program as it is aimed towards the end user.

Refurbish products do have considerable higher return rate than brand new items. If you are just looking to get a good deal, please only buy new products."
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i know wat ur looking at a JATON 6800 VAnilla or Leadtek. Dont get 1. Get a 6600GT They r nice. They come out wit AGP in 10 days. There is such a little difference between the 2 i'd say get a 6600GT AGP NEW
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What they are talking about, for example, is getting a refurbished hard drive that might not ship with an IDE cable. So you would need to provide your own. Not a big deal for someone like me who has a dozen of them lying around from old PCs, i.e. I'm the "experienced user" they are referring to. I would not recommend such a purchase to my mother.

For a video card, about the only components that could be missing are the manuals and drivers. Since you probably don't need the manual and you would be updating to the newest drivers via the web almost immediately anyway, I would consider this wirth the risk. (Actually, I bought an old Voodoo 1 video card years ago as an OEM part with no drivers. No big deal to get them, and that was back when the Internet was "new" to most people and we were all using 14.4 modems to dial up. It's a cakewalk now, of course.)
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Originally Posted by Jack
hmm... they do say this:

"Newegg.com guarantees all refurbish products for 15 days. CPUs, however, must be returned within 7 days for refund. All refurbish merchandise should be considered OEM "barebone" parts. Barebone means Newegg.com can only guarantee the item by itself, no other accessories. Despite what the product's description indicates, refurbish merchandise may not include all of the accessories mentioned on our website or the manufacturers. Newegg.com is therefore limited to the barebone part of the item itself. Please do not be upset or surprised if a refurbish product does not contain any cables, manual, software, drivers, fan, et al. Newegg.com will not send you any missing accessories, even if it is an essential part.

Newegg.com certainly does not like to discourage sales, but only experienced pc enthusiasts should consider refurbish items that know how to deal with possibly missing accessories. Please only purchase refurbish products if you are willing to resolve defects and/or know how to obtain missing accessories.

Refurbishitems are not for dealers. We therefore reserve the right to cancel any applicable orders which may violate this warning. We are simply discouraging those who want to take advantage of this program as it is aimed towards the end user.

Refurbish products do have considerable higher return rate than brand new items. If you are just looking to get a good deal, please only buy new products."
yea it makes sense that they have a higher return rate... i mean... 1 of 10 would still lead to a higher rate considering how many new products they sell versus refurb...
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Originally Posted by Jack
I wanna know your opinion on buying newegg refurbished items, such as graphics cards. I was looking at a very nice nVidia 6800 card, for just $244.
Does the price difference compensate for the risks you take when getting refurb items?
I always condier a refurb a risk, the question at hand is why was it returned. Although on many refurbs they fixed the faulty part there may still be other problem that just have not been found.

I say always check the return rates of products before you buy and do not purchase refurbished parts.
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Recently I kicked my self for not acting fast enough to buy a asus 9800pro vi / vo card with 2.5 ns 256 meg mem and rage theater chip (no tv tuner) for $220.00 at newegg refurb-Yhe card was still listed but when I was at the pay screen it said out of stock - ...A close one-

In that case I think I would have been getting a card that sold for $350.00 + and someone just figured they might as well go with 6800 or ati 800 for that price....So a killer card for $220.00 !!!

In the case of a powercoler 256 bit SE or something it would be a different case-it would probably mean that the card was a dud and had artfacts with the extra pipes unlocked.....So a dud card !

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Originally Posted by mfillpot
I always condier a refurb a risk, the question at hand is why was it returned. Although on many refurbs they fixed the faulty part there may still be other problem that just have not been found.
On something like a video card, however, there is nothing that they could really repair. If they tested it and it does in fact work, then it was probably simply a return because a) the original purchaser found a better deal somewhere else, or b) had compatibility problems that they were unable to solve, probably because of their own technical shortcomings (e.g. not knowing to uninstall all old drivers first, etc.)

Now something with many parts (like a printer or a monitor), I would be more wary of buying a refurb. Returned but otherwise "like new" products I have no problems with, but I don't want repaired products.
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the same goes for the msi9800pro I got refurbed from the egg-,heat sink falling off from somebody checking to see if it was R360,lots of artifacts upon modest overclock , same type thing as a 9800 se that wont unlock the pipes good- DAR
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What they are talking about, for example, is getting a refurbished hard drive that might not ship with an IDE cable. So you would need to provide your own. Not a big deal for someone like me who has a dozen of them lying around from old PCs, i.e. I'm the "experienced user" they are referring to. I would not recommend such a purchase to my mother.

For a video card, about the only components that could be missing are the manuals and drivers. Since you probably don't need the manual and you would be updating to the newest drivers via the web almost immediately anyway, I would consider this wirth the risk. (Actually, I bought an old Voodoo 1 video card years ago as an OEM part with no drivers. No big deal to get them, and that was back when the Internet was "new" to most people and we were all using 14.4 modems to dial up. It's a cakewalk now, of course.)
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