[rescue] Wisdom of the Collective: QFE

Robert Novak rnovak at indyramp.com
Mon Feb 10 11:01:36 CST 2014

Yeah. On the other hand, I bought three dual-10GBE cards over the weekend
for about $50 each. PCI-e, on current VMware ESXi support list, from a
fairly reputable seller. I'd do well to find even an SFP+ module at retail
for what I spent on the whole batch. My first two 10gbe cards were $26 each
I think, and they still work 2-3 years later.

There's a junk shop (as I've called them for years) here in Sunnyvale that
I've shopped at on and off for at least 10 years. They've always had a very
clear "NO RETURNS EVERYTHING AS-IS" policy posted throughout the store and
on their receipts. And it used to be a regular occasion that I'd go in to
look for cables or something and there'd be a customer screaming at the
tech that they weren't honoring their NO RETURNS EVERYTHING AS-IS policy by
giving her money back.

In the last year or two they've gone a bit more "kinder and gentler" and
offer 30 day exchange, and warranties on some PCs, but based on the clearly
posted policy I knew that anything I bought there was a gamble at my own
risk. Just like most swap meet/flea market booths, and on some level, any
online marketplace (whether eBay, Craigslist, Amazon Marketplace, etc).

On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 8:46 AM, Phil Stracchino <phils at caerllewys.net>wrote:

> On 02/10/14 11:33, Robert Novak wrote:
> > And think about the poor sods bidding on
> >
> http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-iPhone-5-16GB-White-Sprint-Smartphone-With-Flappy-Bird-Installed-/271397942408?pt=Cell_Phones&hash=item3f3093f488.
> ..
> > (url gives you the gist except for the six figure price it's
> > approaching) ... is it a scam? No. Is it stupid? Yes. But that's not the
> > seller's fault. :)
> The amazing thing is that people are still bidding on it.  The crazy
> bidding frenzies on eBay are one reason I avoid it.  Most of the time,
> if the item is available *at all* through some regular retail channel
> retail, it's cheaper to just go buy it retail.
> --
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