open box are items that have been returned for one reason or another. I really wouldnt take your chance with hard drives as they may have suffered severe damage and were returned or they just never worked to begin with.
I bought a killer mobo open box for about the same price only to find out it was severely damaged and I actually had to pay newegg back some money to have it returned... :[
I purchased an open box mobo for a friends build and it worked fine. I was just a little concerned with open box HDD, neweggs site sayd limit 5, so makes me wonder how many are open... Im also looking into an open box Monitor, god im so cheap
Newegg apparently ships all RMA'd stuff back to the manufacturer.
To end up "Open Box" on newegg, it probably has to be tested okay - but their testing may not be thorough, so it could still be defective.
Ex: Some F3's have bad firmware which doesn't work with all boards. A lot of AMD boards in particular. Some drives have performance issues - others just plain don't show up in the BIOS.
If the drive got sent back to Samsung, they tested it on an Intel system and it worked, they'd mark it okay and let newegg sell it Open Box. Now if it had that particular issue, and you buy it and try it on an AMD motherboard, it'll be "DOA".
even with open box you have 14 days to return. ive never had 1 problem with open box items so far. i would say ive had at least 50 open box items so far and all worked they way they were suposed to. maybe im just lucky.
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