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Open box 6950 2GB on newegg $216 sound reliable?

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April 25, 2011 11:35:58 PM

So I'm not looking to buy a video card right now because I don't need one, but when I do, I'm probably going to get a 6950 2gb. (is it that much better than a 1gb? I don't know that much about video cards.) This one has a ridiculously low price, and I was wondering what the chances are that it's either dead, defective, or not worth purchasing?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The non open box one is $289 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), so if the open box one works, it's a hell of a deal.
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April 30, 2011 3:45:09 AM

qwerty123456 said:
So I'm not looking to buy a video card right now because I don't need one, but when I do, I'm probably going to get a 6950 2gb. (is it that much better than a 1gb? I don't know that much about video cards.) This one has a ridiculously low price, and I was wondering what the chances are that it's either dead, defective, or not worth purchasing?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The non open box one is $289 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), so if the open box one works, it's a hell of a deal.


Figure Open box items should be discounted fairly heavily --- First off Newegg charges the original purchaser a 15% restocking fee on returned items so on a $290 that would gain them $44 ($290 - 44 = $246) - then their Open Box policy does not guarantee that the accessories will be included so you might get just the card (so you'd need to buy a crossfire bridge - 2 Molex to PCI-e adapters - A mini display to display adapter - and a DVI to VGA adapter in order to get all of the missing accessories) so whether the $216 price is actually a savings to you depends on if you need any of those.

Add to that the fact that it being open box means it was shipped to someone and returned for unknown reasons and the open box policy also states :
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The entire risk as to the quality and performance of these items is with the buyer. These items have been tested for functionality, but may have superficial physical defects including, but not limited to, scratches, dings or dents. Should these items exhibit a functional defect following their purchase, the buyer (not the manufacturer, distributor, or Newegg) assumes the entire cost of all necessary servicing or repairs


So they are pretty much telling you that the manufacturer warranty may be void on the product since it was already shipped to someone and the manufacturer may only warranty to the original purchaser so if they registered the card for warranty you may be out of luck !!

And though they do give you a 30-day refund only return policy taking advantage of that will most likely cost you the 15% restocking fee deducted from the invoice (so another $32 for Newegg and they resell it again !!) - So I'd avoid OPEN BOX items unless the price is heavily discounted !!
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April 30, 2011 3:58:42 AM

yeah I agree with the above poster, personally I would avoid open box at almost all costs :) 
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