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Gaming Keyboards on Ebay

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February 5, 2013 5:15:35 PM

My old Dynex keyboard broke recently so I'm looking for a new gaming keyboard, but I'm kind of on a budget. I can either buy a brand new cheap $5 generic keyboard now and save up for a permanent gaming one later or buy a used one on ebay. I'm hoping to have it last 3-4 years.

EDIT: This is my first time shopping on ebay so I'm not sure if I should be weary of these prices. Keyboard does not have to be mechanical. Ones that are back-lit + macros/programmable keys are preferable.

If it's used my max is $35 including shipping. New is $40.

What do you think about these keyboards?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261165131229?ssPageName=STRK:ME...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Razer-BlackWidow-Mechanical-Gam...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251224637040?ssPageName=STRK:ME...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261165008367?ssPageName=STRK:ME...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/221186103308?ssPageName=STRK:ME...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330869228879?ssPageName=STRK:ME...

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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2013 3:35:39 PM

its hit or miss with used equipment. its a risk and either you can make a good deal or end up with a pos. i would be skeptical and read everything carefully and definitely see the terms and photos. preference would be to go mechanical as the keys are not likely to fail.

preference would be to buy new.

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February 6, 2013 5:06:16 PM

What are some things to look for on Ebay sales to maximize the "hit"? The descriptions sound normal to me and the pictures are pretty clear. If I were to get a new keyboard, I would not be able to get a mechanical one as it would be over my budget.

Are you suggesting that a used mechanical keyboard would be preferable over a non-mechanical used one?
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a b 4 Gaming
February 6, 2013 7:27:09 PM

generally speaking you want to know the exact condition stated clearly and definitely that the unit is in 100% working order so that the ebay buyer guarantee covers you.

i'd get a mechanical keyboard for two reasons:

-mechanical keyswitches are longer lasting and less prone to failure. they also are superior to rubber dome switches.

-on cherry mx (and most other types of mechanical keyswitches) the keys are removable so you can wash them. keep in mind you dont know what is on the keyboard (germs or otherwise) so this is a good thing to do. its rather hard to get a keyboard without removable keys cleaned well.
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February 6, 2013 8:44:18 PM

ssddx said:
generally speaking you want to know the exact condition stated clearly and definitely that the unit is in 100% working order so that the ebay buyer guarantee covers you.

i'd get a mechanical keyboard for two reasons:

-mechanical keyswitches are longer lasting and less prone to failure. they also are superior to rubber dome switches.

-on cherry mx (and most other types of mechanical keyswitches) the keys are removable so you can wash them. keep in mind you dont know what is on the keyboard (germs or otherwise) so this is a good thing to do. its rather hard to get a keyboard without removable keys cleaned well.


Those are some good reasons. Why would someone want to sell a $130 keyboard for $30 that is in 100% working condition? I've noticed a lot of people doing that on Ebay. Small things such as missing feet doesn't really justify the -$100 IMO.
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February 7, 2013 6:39:01 AM

Probably, it's a old version of Razer BlackWidow. They just released 2013 version..
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a b 4 Gaming
February 7, 2013 2:05:05 PM

it is a pretty well known fact that used perepherals such as mice and keyboards normally do not keep their value (except a few exceptions) however a $100 drop raises some questions.
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February 8, 2013 11:22:51 AM

The Microsoft Sidewinder X4 just went on sale again for $42 on Amazon/Newegg. I might get it since it's a pretty good keyboard with what I need at the right price. It's not mechanical but I don't think I can find a $40 mechanical keyboard.
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February 8, 2013 3:41:23 PM

Best answer selected by tpho2500.
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