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It seems like many people list very high end systems for around 2000 but I always wondered something, do people ever actually buy these "buy it now" items? Or do people go to dell or newegg and pay 3000 for same system but new?

It seems like the dual core 3.4 Pentium extreme and fx-60 systems are very nicely priced but cannot figure out if they actually get bought?
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Watch some of them in My Ebay, then contact the buyers when they are done.
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Well, if you are looking at brand new systems that are being sold on ebay, it is a ripoff. They will surely overprice it to makeup for paypal/ebay/building fee's. There are some people that would buy it off ebay, but if something costs $2000 on ebay, one can most likely build for $1500 with a little effort in digging for prices.

If you could provide a link to a specific ebay auction that you want to refer to we could give you a better estimate on the prices and such.
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The trick to eBay, always assume it's a scam and always assume you will get ripped off. I don't care how much feedback they have. I was taken for $180 by a guy with 97% positive, over 3000 feedback, a powerseller and an eBay store......ripped me right off. It happens.



In that vein, do your research. People selling a pre-built system? Go to Dell.com, or HP.com.....build a similar system, see what it's going for.
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The trick to eBay, always assume it's a scam and always assume you will get ripped off. I don't care how much feedback they have. I was taken for $180 by a guy with 97% positive, over 3000 feedback, a powerseller and an eBay store......ripped me right off. It happens.



In that vein, do your research. People selling a pre-built system? Go to Dell.com, or HP.com.....build a similar system, see what it's going for.
Quoted for truth I have bought around 8 things off of ebay and they have had great feedback and 2 have been scams, the issue was resolved but it is still a hastle. Caveat emptor!
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True, I almost got scammed out of $600... almost.
Then again I got some very nice speaker for 200 less and they were new.

Anyhow, different thought now, I know many people like to sell thier systems for below market value there and then spend an extra $ and get a new system. Anyone ever do this?
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1 piece of advice, Build your own computer, it isnt hard. if you want cheap parts, Newegg and Ebay are your friends. If you bought all your parts NEW or USED, i think you would save TONS of cash than if you were to buy a whole system on ebay. =]
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post #8 of 10
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It seems like many people list very high end systems for around 2000 but I always wondered something, do people ever actually buy these "buy it now" items? Or do people go to dell or newegg and pay 3000 for same system but new?

It seems like the dual core 3.4 Pentium extreme and fx-60 systems are very nicely priced but cannot figure out if they actually get bought?
Go to advanced search options and look at Completed Auctions. There's your answers.......
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post #9 of 10
I don't buy from those that have less than 99% postive feedback.

But buying a whole system on eBay for $2000 or even $800, I personally wouldn't do it. I can buy everything myself for that price or do even better in prices overall.

I have bought several items on eBay and so far no SELLER has ripped me off, becuase I make sure that they have the lowest score possible I look for in a Seller, 99%. BTW, my score is 100% since 2001. Have sold several items myself.

98.9% rating is a in my book and there have been a lot of items that I've really wanted but I'm not going to risk it that way. Also, have at least 60 and up postive feedbacks, 59 and below is a . And I don't buy from no one outside the United States.
post #10 of 10
I would rather buy from a reputable company. That way at least you know you're dealing with a business and not a schmuck.
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