Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Dangers of Buying Engineering Sample Processors

Are your processors on the up and up? If you’re like the thousands of companies out there that are seeking new ways to save on your IT budget, you might be purchasing equipment from the market.  First of all, that’s great! Companies that limit themselves to their typical distribution channels are finding it more and more difficult to keep up.  The internet is a thriving market place full of vendors aggressively vying for your business and there’s no reason to avoid it if you know what to look out for.

Specifically ES or Engineering Sample Processors. If you’re shopping around, looking for the right processor at a discount make sure you follow the golden rule of online shopping: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”  Companies like Intel and AMD will mark their confidential prototypes or samples with an “ES” or “Engineering Sample” so that these cannot be sold.  They are the property of the manufacturer and should be treated like stolen property.

Make sure you’re asking the questions before you purchase! People get burned all the time by assuming that the picture in the listing is of the item for sale; it never hurts to ask.  Also, ES processors are often cheaper than the legit processors, making them even more likely to get picked up by some unsuspecting victim.

Get your money back. If you find that you are one of these unsuspecting victims, demand your money back.  If the seller claims that the deal is done, fair and square, let them know that you’ll be contacting the manufacturer and letting them know where you picked up one of their confidential processors.  Also, hit them with bad feedback!  Most sellers would rather take back a bad processor and try to unload it on someone else as opposed to getting a negative feedback rating.


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