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    What is buying GPUs from PlayAsia like?

    Does anyone have any experience with the site? The prices seem too good to be true. Will there be customs charges from this site? Do the cards have a warranty? Are they bad with returns?

    I imagine customs is probably the big one.

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    They are reputable, they've been in business for well over a decade if not 15 years.

    Price wise, they are getting their prices from a market that is always going to be cheaper than the UK

    Customs charges are always a possibility when buying from outside the EU. It's a risk you take, if you get found out with an order that is opened in a random inspection expect a hefty bill if your buying an expensive graphics card

    Warranty is one of those things that it will be via play asia who by all accounts are quite fair but IIRC you have to pay return postage (which will not cheap). These cards are as such grey imports and therefore you'll often face difficulty going direct to the manufacturers. The exception to that would be when the card comes with a global warranty. Typically the warranties on graphics cards is now tending towards 3 years. When I last considered Play Asia, all the cards I looked at had a 1 year warranty. So worth adding in to your considerations if there are any warranty differences and the costs involved if it does go pop before you are ready to upgrade.

    So to sum up, all depends what exactly you are buying and how you feel about risk if something goes wrong, is the saving going to be worth the hassle if something does go wrong. How inconvenienced will you actually be.

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    Astec123

    They are reputable, they've been in business for well over a decade if … They are reputable, they've been in business for well over a decade if not 15 years. Price wise, they are getting their prices from a market that is always going to be cheaper than the UKCustoms charges are always a possibility when buying from outside the EU. It's a risk you take, if you get found out with an order that is opened in a random inspection expect a hefty bill if your buying an expensive graphics cardWarranty is one of those things that it will be via play asia who by all accounts are quite fair but IIRC you have to pay return postage (which will not cheap). These cards are as such grey imports and therefore you'll often face difficulty going direct to the manufacturers. The exception to that would be when the card comes with a global warranty. Typically the warranties on graphics cards is now tending towards 3 years. When I last considered Play Asia, all the cards I looked at had a 1 year warranty. So worth adding in to your considerations if there are any warranty differences and the costs involved if it does go pop before you are ready to upgrade. So to sum up, all depends what exactly you are buying and how you feel about risk if something goes wrong, is the saving going to be worth the hassle if something does go wrong. How inconvenienced will you actually be.



    Thanks! It really would be a gamble with customs and I'd rather wait to pay the middleground price than bet on whether or not I get hit. Potentially a store to keep an eye out for though!
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