C’t: Cheap GTX 1060 GPs on eBay are often fake and hard to return

Oct

15

2018

Cheap GTX 1060 cards offered by many Chinese traders on eBay are in many cases fake, the German C’t claims based on their own research. It also appears difficult to return the copies or to get money back.

C’t talks about a ‘large-scale test purchase campaign’ that the magazine itself has carried out. It turns out that eight GTX 1060 cards have been purchased on eBay. It was cheap copies of between 50 and 80 euros, while the new price of such a GP soon comes close to 200 euros or more. C’t bought the copies according to their own say with eight different, exclusively Chinese traders. PayPal guest payments that do not require an account, according to C’t, were eligible for eBay’s purchase protection.

Then, after the orders had arrived, it turned out that they were not actual GTX 1060 models. The cards had connections for vga and sli, for example, the GTX 1060 drivers did not work and the architecture did not work. C’t writes that efforts had been made to sharpen the indication on the chip itself, but forgot to also remove the production date. On the basis of various characteristics, it later turned out to be GTS 450 cards, which therefore logically achieved much lower benchmark scores than a GTX 1060.

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Original (left) and fake copy

Subsequently, the magazine tried to recover the money paid for the cards by indicating that they were fake copies. The traders’ response was generally that they were genuine GTX 1060 models, some of them also asked for evidence in the form of photos and other documents. Other merchants suggested that the cards were not suitable for use with Windows 10, while it was mentioned on the packaging. In most cases, the traders eventually accepted the refund request, but the money did not reach the different buyers.

At the end of the journey, no refund had been made for more than a month after receipt for seven of the eight cards, despite the purchase protection. Then C’t decided to make his identity known and both eBay and PayPal to ask for his position. EBay would not have wished to respond substantively, with C’t noting that in five of the eight cases the company did not consider that there was a situation where the purchase protection applied. In one of the cases, PayPal paid part of the purchase price, but referred for the rest to an unspecified technical problem, according to C’t.

The merchants of the sold cards would still be active on eBay, to which the magazine concludes that no sanctions have been imposed.

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Packaging and fake gpu’s, images of C’t

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