Ive gotten some wonderful deals off ebay-my linux computer (the second one in my signature) was built almost entirely from parts I purchased off of ebay, and Ive gotten some horrible deals. Ill list examples of each, the biostar motherboard I got in my linux box is a LGA 775 board that will support either DDR2 or DDR3 depending on CPU used. It was sold as a "non-working" motherboard that visually was intact, it was sold as "non-working" due to the fact it hadnt been tested, and it was missing a heatsink over the phase changers. I bought it for $34, found a cheap, aftermarket heatsink, and it worked great, runs a little warm but other then that runs like charm.
Now, for the bad deal, I was looking for a IDE to Sata converter, and I wanted it from the US (I didnt want to order overseas) but all the ones on ebay said they were from hong kong. Now in the end, I probably would have ordered one from them if I hadnt found this one dealer, said "reliable US". Well, I didnt necessary have a problem ordering from hong kong, but if I could find a US dealer, that would be preferable, and the product was like 4 bucks. well, I ordered it, they charged $15 in shipping. That should have been my first clue. I got the product about 4 days later, so decent shipping time, however, the return address was "hong Kong" Now this made me mad, the seller lied about the location just to get people to buy from them. But you know im like, forgive and let give right? So I test it, and what do you know, didn't work. So I emailed the seller, and he offered to refund the purchase price of the product (not the shipping) provided I shipped it back to hong kong. Of course, Im already out 20 bucks, Im not spending 15 more dollars to get 4 bucks back, and then the guy got mad at me because I left him a negative review. . .
My point with this is ebay is a wonderful tool and you get some great deals on it, you can also lose money on it. I tend to get to competitive with it, and I end up paying a little to much for products so I don't do it much more, my best advice is, find the item that you want, find the one thats most likely to give you a quality one that works, find the retail value on that item, and what that item would cost used, and make sure you dont bid more for the item then you would pay for a new one-in fact its usually best if you decide before hand how much you want to pay for said item, and make sure you dont bid more then that. If you lost it, bid on the next most likely.
Edited by the_patriot09, 26 August 2010 - 12:02 AM.
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