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First World Problems
posted 10/16/2014 3:27:01 AM

Karma is a [fill in the blank expletive]

In the process of building my new system I was fortunate enough to come across a pair of GeForce GTX 980s (four pair in fact).

Two of those made it into my rig. The other three went on eBay at a mark-up.

Typically, I have felt that those types of auctions/sales are annoying and dirty. However, I opted to sell my soul in an effort to recoup some of the cost tossing my set into the chassis.

So the first pair goes online and consists of two ASUS STRIX GTX 980s at $699 a piece. Both cards sell within two days. One to a college student in AK, and the other to someone in Sri Lanka... now stop me if you have heard this one... five days after shipping the item to Sri Lanka, PayPal notifies me of a contested charge due to an unauthorized payment. Thankfully eBay and PayPal have seller protection, right? Only if your sale and shipment meet a set of criteria; one of those being the requirement of signature confirmation for items over $250... and guess what I didn't use. Now chances are that I am out the cost of that card, the shipping, and the eBay selling fees ($70+).

Now that I am out that chunk (not officially, PayPal is still "investigating") I still have two pairs to sell. Only now, I just want them to be gone. Unfortunately, I also discovered that between eBay fees and shipping... selling these at a $100 markup is a wash (actually a loss considering the time I invested in my eBay ad and the time lost to ship).

I think Karma was just waiting outside Micro Center so that she could kick my a$$.

At any rate, I at least have the opportunity to self reflect. In doing so, I think I discovered something about myself I need to address. It occurs to me that my loathing for those that buy hard to get items and mark them up was ultimately not because I felt they were robbing them. Clearly, I was ultimately willing to try this when I felt it met my own needs... no, I believe my disdain was actually jealousy that I was not profiting from it as well.

Now I just have to find a means to forgo the greed... and to unload four high-end graphics cards...

I told you... first world problems.

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