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.
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.
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.
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.
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.