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July 31, 2012 9:42:26 PM

Hello, I am building a computer, and the motherboard that I want, an asus saber tooth z77 is 245 dollars on amazon and tigerdirect. However, I can get it for under 200 dollars on eBay. I don't know much about eBay however, so is it safe to buy delicate things from them like motherboards, or is it too huge a risk? There is a no returns policy.

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a b V Motherboard
July 31, 2012 9:49:09 PM

if the seller has 99.9% positive feedback, go for it.
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July 31, 2012 9:49:22 PM

Buying a motherboard on ebay is like trusting the future of your own child to another person. They could either do a good job or a bad job, either way if they do bad your screwed. Saving a 100$ is not worth what hassles could await if you buy on ebay.
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July 31, 2012 9:52:26 PM

wiinippongamer said:
if the seller has over 99% positive feedback, go for it.



And if you get the board and its doesn't work out of the box what do you do then. RMA it and wait a month to try and build your machine again.
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a b V Motherboard
July 31, 2012 9:52:49 PM

Ebay items can be a hit and miss.

Who knows what the previous user did with their equipment?

I would rather save up money and buy from a proper store than buy something off of ebay (unless I know for sure I am getting an item that hasn't been tampered with). This way at least you get a good warranty if the part fails.

If you buy the item off of ebay - and it craps out on you 1 day later, you will be out that money you spent on the item, no warranty, no RMA, do not pass go.
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July 31, 2012 9:53:00 PM

wiinippongamer said:
if the seller has 99.9% positive feedback, go for it.



Ok, he has 99.1 percent positive feedback, and it's an outlet store, nci or something
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a b V Motherboard
July 31, 2012 9:55:57 PM

christianelliott said:
Ok, he has 99.1 percent positive feedback, and it's an outlet store, nci or something



if its nci, then its probably ncix, which has their own online store as well

http://ncix.com/
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a b V Motherboard
July 31, 2012 9:58:05 PM

Yea I think you've found a "safe" eBay seller to buy from. I agree that buying computer parts off of eBay is really hit or miss. If you find a reliable electronics seller - make sure you save them in your favorites so you can always go back to them later if the need arises.
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a b V Motherboard
July 31, 2012 9:58:34 PM

kurjack said:
And if you get the board and its doesn't work out of the box what do you do then. RMA it and wait a month to try and build your machine again.



Same thing anywhere else you buy, RMA process is usually more like 2 weeks. I've heard many horror stories about amazon/newegg/tigerdirect and whatnot.
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a b V Motherboard
July 31, 2012 9:59:28 PM

Ebay is fine, only buy from credible buyers with high feedback ratings. Also I wouldn't buy a motherboard unless they offer refund options for DOA or non-functioning boards. I buy the majority of my stuff on ebay it's the only way I can resell a build and make enough of a profit for it to be worthwhile. I offer warranties on my machines that were made from used parts from Craigslist or Ebay. I have yet to replace anything except for a powersupply or two. But those were bought new.
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July 31, 2012 10:03:07 PM

Update:

Yes, it is sold from ncix, which is a major computer parts store in Canada. They look like a reliable seller, with 99.1 percent positive feedback. I think I'll go for it.
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a b V Motherboard
July 31, 2012 10:04:39 PM

You might want to buy from ncix themselves, to avoid the paypal fees, that's just what I'd do though.
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July 31, 2012 10:07:39 PM

wiinippongamer said:
You might want to buy from ncix themselves, to avoid the paypal fees, that's just what I'd do though.



I would, but this item is an auction that I hope to win. They have the same item for much more in buy-it-now
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a b V Motherboard
July 31, 2012 10:10:18 PM

wiinippongamer said:
You might want to buy from ncix themselves, to avoid the paypal fees, that's just what I'd do though.


ncix has it for 250 on site so if the auction plays out right, he can get it for less
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