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Old 29th Apr 2009, 17:32   #1
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**B-Grade** what does it mean?

what does it mean when something on the OCUK site is listed as **B-Grade**

it is obviously cheaper, but why?

thanks in advance
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:02   #2
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It is an item which cannot be sold as new. Because the box is damaged, the seals are broken, there could be missing parts, or it could be refurbished, or a returned item. You tend to have 14 days warranty with Overclockers, and the rest of the warranty is down to the manufacturer, so when you have the product you will need to contact them and tell them your serial number to see if there is any left over warranty. There tends to be at least a year most of the time.

They are great deals though, I have purchased a few B-Grade items myself.

This is a very common question asked. I am surprised that it is not listed on the website of what it means.
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:15   #3
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I brought a motherboard from grade b it was brand new but didn't come in it's normal box and didn't have accessories with it.
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:17   #4
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Mine had a snapped sata socket, dented northbridge heatsink.

Utter bargin though (50% of original price). Bgrade mobos dont seem quite as much of a steal as they used to, from checking prices recently.
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:18   #5
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so its not that it has performed below par on any quality testing?

im talking about a monitor here... so hopefully it will be ok
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:34   #6
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Monitors tend to be damage boxes, I could not guarantee it - You have 7 days to return the item if you are not happy with the product anyway, so there is nothing to lose!
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:40   #7
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The actual item is 100% fine and working it is just the box that is damaged or it is missing accessories. I bought a Samsung 2443BW monitor for 170inc from B Grade, that's a pretty big saving, it was just missing the cables but the monitor and stand are fine!
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:41   #8
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I payed 42 for my motherboard and it retails for over 100 it's it's worth it if your getting a good deal.
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:43   #9
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I purchased a barebone system in B-Grade, it was way under half the price, and the only thing wrong was box damage, missing cables and drivers! I just got the drivers online, got cables anyway, and the box didn't bother me because the product was brand new!
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:47   #10
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Wow sounds like B grades can be a steal.

Fun enough i was looking at B Grade monitor but wondered why is was there. Thought it's have a scratch or something but if it's just box cosmetic damage then i'm keeping an eye out
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:50   #11
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It is a steal mate, I always look at B-Grade stuff now, if there is something I am interested in. Because I know they are sure worth it! - I am surprised that not many people go for it, people must be worried thinking they are faulty items maybe?
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:53   #12
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people must be worried thinking they are faulty items maybe?
i guess so tbh that's what put me off a monitor but to have clarification that's it's nothing major i'm definetley browsing in there. thxs
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:54   #13
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If you buy online, then you have 7 days to return if you are not happy with it. - I am sure everything will be fine though!
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people must be worried thinking they are faulty items maybe?
More likely they are worried about their entire order going into temporary oblivion for 3+ days before being cancelled due to a stock error.
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:58   #15
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With most computer stuff it either works or it doesn't, in that case B-Grade is no issue. With monitors though I would be a little wary though as working isn't so black and white. It might have been returned because the original user couldn't live with the stuck pixel of the light bleed was particularly bad.

Many things I would buy B-Grade, I think a B-Grade monitor is a bit of a risk though.

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Old 29th Apr 2009, 18:59   #16
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More likely they are worried about their entire order going into temporary oblivion for 3+ days before being cancelled due to a stock error.
Most of the time it isn't stock error. It is just because there are normally only one B-Grade product of that certain item. The amount of customers OcUK have, and if more than one orders at the same time for that one product can cause problems. Does not happen often though.
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 19:00   #17
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Not all B grades is just opened and bad boxes it should be said. The item can have a dent, scratched, scuff, a repaired fault, in a case of a monitor it could have a dead pixel. I bought a B grade fridge and it has a little dent in the door.
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 19:01   #18
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It can vary down to a lot of things. Best way to describe it is that it is something that cannot be sold as 'brand new'.
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 19:07   #19
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h'ok thanks, well i have ordered the monitor so i shall see what happens
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 19:10   #20
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Nice stuff, I will like to hear what happens, good luck and enjoy your monitor!
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 19:31   #21
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Wow I always thought the items would be damaged, I can still imagine monitors having dead pixels tho.

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Old 29th Apr 2009, 19:31   #22
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have been interested in b grade stuff and everything on the b-grade i have always thought wow.. could get a bargain, but have always wondered about monitors cause i always took it that a monitor would be sent back to OCUK because of dead pixels, or say a fault with a backlight maybe, so will be nice to hear from you Ace101 to what was actually "wrong" with the monitor and why it was b-grade. there was a 28" for only 220 the other day and i really wanted to buy it but was too scared of dead pixels haha:P

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Old 29th Apr 2009, 19:33   #23
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You have 7 days to return... So what is the worry!
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 20:02   #24
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yeah, i will report back on friday
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Old 29th Apr 2009, 20:11   #25
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I've just brought a B-Grade barebones system for over half price. It will be interesting to see what it is like when it arrives tomorrow, still it's a system I'm building for my mother so I'll doubt she'll mind if it's got a little dent or scratch.
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 08:29   #26
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you do realize you can just phone the shop and ask why the item is b grade, the samsung monitor i got was perfect
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you do realize you can just phone the shop and ask why the item is b grade, the samsung monitor i got was perfect
They cannot always give a guaranteed answer though unfortunately.
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 17:04   #28
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called them this morning and they said all B-grade stuff is fully tested and is fine,

they also said that if there is a technical problem with it then you can return it and they will refund your postage no questions asked.

screen should arrive tomorrow
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Old 30th Apr 2009, 17:35   #29
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Great stuff mate! Good to hear it
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Old 6th May 2009, 08:53   #30
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for those interested, i recieved my screen yesterday and it came like new with all the leads and cables. After plugging it in i can't seem to see any problem with it at all, all i noticed was some slight damage to the outside of the box.

saved myself a good 30, lets hope it stays working
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