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Does anyone here flip gaming PCs?

#1MrMonkhousePosted 8/14/2013 12:21:18 AM
I was thinking maybe you can build gaming PCs and then sell them on craigslist for like $200-$300 profit each time... does anyone do this? Because most of the people on craigslist dont know jack s*** about computer components.
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#2UnderwaterAirPosted 8/14/2013 12:41:22 AM
Most people looking at custom PCs know more than you think when they go scrounging around on craigslist or ebay.

The ones that don't know go directly to a retailer like ibuypower or alienware or bestbuy.
#3Babyfur_RigbyPosted 8/14/2013 12:42:57 AM
If I had money to invest and lived in an area where people actually have disposable income then sure, I'd at least try it, but I have a feeling the people looking for a $1000-$1200 computer would know enough about computers to know you're making that big of a profit.
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#4SlaynPosted 8/14/2013 12:54:52 AM
Have you ever sold anything on Craigslist? Most of the people you meet come up short a few bucks because they know you won't bother looking for someone else if you made the trip. People on Craigslist are cheap. Notoriously cheap.
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#5MyDogSkipPosted 8/14/2013 12:58:24 AM
Seems like ebay might be the better way. Look at the ridiculously overpriced rigs people put on there. Some of them do get marked as sold.
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#6TheFeshPincePosted 8/14/2013 1:00:20 AM
I would love to do this. I doubt you could make enough to make it worthwhile, but it would still be fun.
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#7ElDudorinoPosted 8/14/2013 6:24:38 AM
Slayn posted...
Have you ever sold anything on Craigslist? Most of the people you meet come up short a few bucks because they know you won't bother looking for someone else if you made the trip. People on Craigslist are cheap. Notoriously cheap.


I've definitely been there, where somebody agrees to meet you somewhere and then brings less money than they said they would under the assumption that you'll just accept it. I also sold off one of my old computers on Craigslist and had like 12 people send me nasty letters saying I was overpricing it and that I was a rip-off even though if you priced out all the parts individually they were actually a fair bit more expensive than what I was charging for the finished product. I actually took the time to reply to one of them before I was like, what the hell am I doing wasting my time with these idiots?
#8happyscrub1Posted 8/14/2013 6:33:08 AM
http://www.computersolutionsme.com/custom-built-computer-myths/

"True or False: “I (your computer guy) can build a computer cheaper than you can buy one from a major manufacturer!

Really? How many custom built computers does your computer guy build a year? 10? 100? 1000? Is your computer guy suggesting that they have some secret “In” with computer component manufacturers that they can secure these parts at great cost savings? Does it make sense that a computer guy building a few hundred (if that) computers a year can get a better deal on parts than a company like HP or Dell? If that’s true, why are there not more stores just specializing in custom built computers? A good business person needs to make a profit with their business. In order to do so they have to charge more than they pay for the products they sell. To make a reasonable profit they either have to sell a large volume of computers making a few bucks each, or a small number of computers making many more bucks each."

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#9Reaper_MinionPosted 8/14/2013 6:33:42 AM
A lot of people do this, but they don't use websites like ebay and Craigslist. They tend to sell their stuff through forums.
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#10Ch3wyPosted 8/14/2013 6:40:33 AM
happyscrub1 posted...
http://www.computersolutionsme.com/custom-built-computer-myths/

"True or False: “I (your computer guy) can build a computer cheaper than you can buy one from a major manufacturer!

Really? How many custom built computers does your computer guy build a year? 10? 100? 1000? Is your computer guy suggesting that they have some secret “In” with computer component manufacturers that they can secure these parts at great cost savings? Does it make sense that a computer guy building a few hundred (if that) computers a year can get a better deal on parts than a company like HP or Dell? If that’s true, why are there not more stores just specializing in custom built computers? A good business person needs to make a profit with their business. In order to do so they have to charge more than they pay for the products they sell. To make a reasonable profit they either have to sell a large volume of computers making a few bucks each, or a small number of computers making many more bucks each."


Woah, so Alienware is a better deal than custom built after all.
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