Is it okay to buy a graphic card from ebay, there are some ultras and P.Es at good prices. I have never purchased anything from there but was wondering whether its safe to shop for something expensive.
I was looking to but a ipod from ebay but they were too cheap to be true came from China and now a guy has bid for every one they had for sale and put feedbacks on saying not to buy the sellers are crooks ! i usually buy a lot of stuff from ebay but never big money i ended up getting iopd from MP3 from Amazon safer,just check the feedback of the seller .
My advice (for what its worth!) go for a seller that has a shop or sells a lot of the same type of thing IE graphics cards,take a lot of time checking out feedback comments(go back a good distance if unsure)Only buy from the UK and check that the item is not going to be sent to you from Hong Kong or similar(some traders register as UK based and when they have your money place an order with a far east company/colleague) and finally (and this is my opinion only based on legal research)Don't use Pay Pal or similar options,despite what they claim they have very little legal clout in other countries (Germany for one instance) Hope this helps..
I have seen ebay feedback that mentioned a graphics card that did not work when received. I suspect the seller may have pulled the card out in a clumsy way, putting their fingers on the circuitry, perhaps. Also, an item like this should ideally be sent in the anti-static bag it came in when sold (unless it was originally part of a CD).
As a general remark ebay is a bit like using a credit card online: there is a risk, but usually everything is fine. The risk only becomes substantial if you don't use common sense, like avoiding sellers who are offering expensive items before they have built up a history of good fedback.
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Use your common sense and you will be OK. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Example. Bloke I know buys a flat screen TV from a seller in Italy who only accepts payment by Western Union Money Transfer. This idiot sends £1500 to Italy via a completely untraceable means. Guess what the TV never turned up.