Question Did you buy counterfeit without knowing

MJS WARLORD

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I decided to do this thread after seeing a guy ask how to spot a fake graphics card.
I will start the ball rolling by saying that many years ago when i was a pc noobie i went to a computer fair near me in a music venue and nearly got ripped off.
Complete computer systems at stupid prices and component's in plain cardboard boxes with just say gtx 900 wrote on them '
Even as a noobie it was obvious that their was a lot of dodgy stuff on sale.

Funny thing is i could have been an under cover trading standards guy because just by coincidence the venue way raided the following week.

Ok so back to the thread title.....

Have you ever unknowingly bought fake computer parts or anything to do with pc's , what happened and what did you do about it.
 
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Lol. I can guess what's on it.

I've bought a lot of used stuff in my time. But mostly for other computer geeks on other forums. A couple of gpus from eBay, but that was 20 years ago before all the shady stuff. Back then the only worry was getting a DOA. I see on this forum people do buy counterfeit parts. So i know it does happen.
 

Lutfij

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Just as a friendly tap on the shoulder to this thread, that there's no mention of pirated app's or games or some such(bypassing security or fraudulent means) per our forum rules. Mentioning counterfeit parts and their adversities, on the hand, is acceptable across our forums.

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NightHawkRMX

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I cannot say I have ever knowingly bought something counterfeit, but I am constantly buying "too good to be true" deals.

Sometimes, you win, sometimes you lose, but as long as you have buyer protection you will get your money back anyhow.

If talking about graphics cards, some wins include:
GTX 1080 Blower, $175 including shipping on fb. Arrived in RTX 3070 box, worked perfectly.
RTX 2070 EVGA, $275 plus shipping from ebay. Worked perfectly.
Entire i5 6th gen+16gb+1th+RX480 pc for $200 off of facebook. Worked as expected.
Entire FX8350+16gb+2tb+GTX970 pc for $200 plus shipping off of ebay

Times I didn't win include:
$55 RX470 4gb Sapphire Nitro. Clearly ex mining. Worked fine for 30 min before black screening never to display anything again. Bought from ebay, got refund.
$50 R9 290. Only time I actually got scammed and didn't get refunded since it was cash in person deal.

I have considered buying a cheap scam GPU, one of the GTS450s flashed to 1060 or whatever, and trying to make it work. I might do that when I have more spare time.
 

Joseph_138

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If you know what to look for, you'll never get sucked into those too good to be true Chinese video cards. Like, if someone is trying to sell you a GTX 970, with a VGA port, that should be a red flag. Becoming familiar with the different board layouts used for the card you are looking at helps, too. It's going to be hard for you to claim item not as described, if you can't tell customer service exactly why it is not as described.
 

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