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Old December 7, 2008, 12:08 PM
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the Antec 900 sells for about $120, and I got mine locally for 80. It was advertized as complete but missing a couple screws, with a well set up LED job.

I recieved the case, got shown the inside of it without taking of the window (neither of us had screwdrivers, but it has come to my attention the door pannels should have THUMB SCREWS to remove the sides!!!), it looked pretty good. I paid, he departed, and now I am having a closer look at the case.

The mount for the side window to hold an extra fan has been cut off and removed, which coincidentally also helped stabilize the steel mesh on the side. This makes one part of the side mesh 'floppy'. Also, 2 'front bay plates' (mesh to cover opening for CD drive, etc) are missing.
The screws holding the hard drives in are missing, but that was to be expected. I will have to find some replacements, I guess...
Now, this is where it gets kind of exciting... I took off the other side of the case, and lo and be hold, a hackjob of wire splicing appears. He cut the imputs to every fan wire and resoldered it to thicker gauge wire to run farther into the case, and covered it with a strip of electrical tape. Add to this the fact that the LED system is actually from a car, and they are mini christmas-light-ish single LEDs that stick out randomly from the case.

Now, what I ask here is... Do you think it is alright for me to ask to return the case now seeing how much is wrong with it and not knowing before?

Or is this a case of 'buyer beware', and I should have asked right then and there to open the case even though neither of us had screwdrivers at the time?

Your thoughts please. I got the case on friday, and he works at a computer store. Maybe we can work something out about the missing parts, but what REALLY scares me are the hackjob soldered wires in the back, and the missing fan coupling that I was going to use. I paid money for this case because I knew it was dependable... And right now I cant trust this case. I would rather fork over the extra $40 for the reliability and warrenty of a new case...
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Old December 7, 2008, 12:34 PM
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Hey,

the Antec 900 sells for about $120, and I got mine locally for 80. It was advertized as complete but missing a couple screws, with a well set up LED job.

I recieved the case, got shown the inside of it without taking of the window (neither of us had screwdrivers, but it has come to my attention the door pannels should have THUMB SCREWS to remove the sides!!!), it looked pretty good. I paid, he departed, and now I am having a closer look at the case.

The mount for the side window to hold an extra fan has been cut off and removed, which coincidentally also helped stabilize the steel mesh on the side. This makes one part of the side mesh 'floppy'. Also, 2 'front bay plates' (mesh to cover opening for CD drive, etc) are missing.
The screws holding the hard drives in are missing, but that was to be expected. I will have to find some replacements, I guess...
Now, this is where it gets kind of exciting... I took off the other side of the case, and lo and be hold, a hackjob of wire splicing appears. He cut the imputs to every fan wire and resoldered it to thicker gauge wire to run farther into the case, and covered it with a strip of electrical tape. Add to this the fact that the LED system is actually from a car, and they are mini christmas-light-ish single LEDs that stick out randomly from the case.

Now, what I ask here is... Do you think it is alright for me to ask to return the case now seeing how much is wrong with it and not knowing before?

Or is this a case of 'buyer beware', and I should have asked right then and there to open the case even though neither of us had screwdrivers at the time?

Your thoughts please. I got the case on friday, and he works at a computer store. Maybe we can work something out about the missing parts, but what REALLY scares me are the hackjob soldered wires in the back, and the missing fan coupling that I was going to use. I paid money for this case because I knew it was dependable... And right now I cant trust this case. I would rather fork over the extra $40 for the reliability and warrenty of a new case...
Only you know if it's worth a try... but legally, he could say that you didn't "inspect" it. GL
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Old December 7, 2008, 04:49 PM
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You can talk with the guy, but without paperwork stating otherwise, I seriously doubt you have any legal recourse. Not to state the obvious, but close-visual inspection of any custom case mods should have been a no-brainer.
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Old December 7, 2008, 05:20 PM
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Yeah, like Im not out to nail this guy or anything, I was just wondering if it was... 'kosher,' for lack of a better word, to ask him if I could return it.
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Old December 9, 2008, 12:28 PM
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It's always kosher to ask if you can return it; he's probably going to say no - since if he was an honest guy he would have told you outright about all his modifications.
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Legally Speaking, I don't think there is much you can do.
I would speak with the person you bought if from however. Do not take the risk of installing your parts into it. You have no idea what has been done (pics would help of the wires) so the risk is too great (imho).

I hope you can get it worked out,

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