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Windows 7: Where can I buy hardware in the UK and not get faulty parts?


02 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Where can I buy hardware in the UK and not get faulty parts?

Hello, I'm CrazyKilla

America is a giant place and full of technology and I'm guessing that no one has problems finding their hardware, but here in the tiny UK I don't know who I can trust, I have bought almost all of my hardware from Amazon.co.uk, but this site isn't made for selling hardware and I am worried i might receive a faulty product or something, are there certain sellers that ALWAYS supply a good part, or are there other websites where i can buy a wide range of hardware? Many sites are not very trustworthy and some are just expensive, and others just don't have the parts in stock or for sale. Could someone recommend a place where i could buy hardware at a good price and get parts that will not be faulty/broken in any way?


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02 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

What shows up if you type "Computer Parts" in a Google search ?
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02 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Amazon does a great job shipping products. If you get a bad part from them, it was more than likely bad from the manufacturer.
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02 Jun 2013   #4
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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

There is no place in the world where you will always get 100% good parts. There are defective ones sold and it just happens but a reputable seller will replace it or give a partial refund.
I have good luck with Amazon as long as I buy from them and not another seller using it. Their return policy in the US is foolproof and easy.
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02 Jun 2013   #5

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

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02 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thankyou AddRam and ganjiry, i googled it and found multiple websites which i will have a look at and thanks for the list of websites, always helps to have people with knowledge on the web.
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02 Jun 2013   #7

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crazykilla View Post
Hello, I'm CrazyKilla

America is a giant place and full of technology and I'm guessing that no one has problems finding their hardware, but here in the tiny UK I don't know who I can trust, I have bought almost all of my hardware from Amazon.co.uk, but this site isn't made for selling hardware and I am worried i might receive a faulty product or something, are there certain sellers that ALWAYS supply a good part, or are there other websites where i can buy a wide range of hardware? Many sites are not very trustworthy and some are just expensive, and others just don't have the parts in stock or for sale. Could someone recommend a place where i could buy hardware at a good price and get parts that will not be faulty/broken in any way?

Hi there
I'm not sure the UK is any worse (or better) than anywhere else in this regard.

A decent solution is to always pay with a CREDIT (not a DEBIT) card in the UK -- then if the goods are defective in any way the CREDIT CARD issuer is forced to refund the cost of the goods if the manufacturer won't or can't change them.

I am not a huge Credit Card fan but it's worth it when buying goods / services over the Internet. The good thing about this particular piece of legislation is that even if the goods come from OUTSIDE the UK the credit card issuer still has to GUARANTEE that the purchaser (i.e you) gets the goods in merchantable quality and are the goods you ordered.

This protection also works in the other countries in the E.U and E.E.A (Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland).

For reasons I STILL can't understand - this protection only applies to payments made by CREDIT CARD. DEBIT CARDS don't get this protection even if they have things like the VISA logo on them.
PRE-PAYMENT cards also don't count -- you have to use a full CREDIT CARD unfortunately.

Banks still are trying to avoid their responsibilities but they can't get out of this one !!!!.

In my experience Amazon UK seems just fine -- if you do need to send something back AFAIK they are easy to deal with and return faulty products back to -- I've never had faulty products from them but people I know haven't had problems.

The Credit Card protection is great also if buying things like airline tickets from "Cheap Airlines" -- you get 100% refund if the airline goes bust for example or you don't get EXACTLY the holiday you've paid for etc).

Cheers
jimbo
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02 Jun 2013   #8

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Ebay is a good place, but you need to make sure that you are paying with Paypal AND read the description well, as they have an insurance that covers these situations and are really really anal on vendors that sell crap and don't want to give a refund (they lockdown his account and money on it after a few customers complained through the Paypal procedure).

Paypal does that even for stuff you buy out of Ebay (as long as it is a physical object), and Paypal account can be linked to pre-paid cards (so the money is syphoned from the pre-paid) without issues.

On average any vendor offering Paypal on Ebay is honest. But again you need to read the description of the object, as there is a pretty big offer of Faulty or Broken objects clearly labeled as such (some people need those as spare parts or for their DIY hobbies).
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02 Jun 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

eBay now owns PayPal and they only accept that in the US unless an arrangement is made with the seller. I would not trust any hardware from eBay though, you may get a good part or you may get some counterfeit crap. There was some Asian sellers supplying USB flash drive that had no "guts" inside, only a pretty case and USB connector. As said, be sure to check the sellers' return policies, some just don't accept them, PayPal is no help with those.
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02 Jun 2013   #10

 

I get all my stuff from Scan which is one of the UK's biggest.
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