As you guys may or may not have known, I purchased a 4670 AGP around Christmas time so that I would have a good video card for PCMark runs on AGP systems. The system I was benching at the time was an Asus CUSL2 socket 370. It only supports 512mb ram, and I was never able to get that card to run on it. I attribute this to the 512mb limitation of the board, and the video card had 1gb ram. Since this didn't work, Redmax loaned me his 5900 Ultra which I have been using for quite a while now. After some time of sitting on the 4670 and researching, I found out that the 3850 AGP was a better card for benchmarking, and since it has 512mb ram vs 1024 on the 4670, it should work on the CUSL2 board.
So I tried selling the 4670 AGP on a few forums without any success. (seems enthusiasts aren't interested in AGP anymore, go figure
) So I ended up putting it up on ebay and it sold for $81. I then immediately turned around and purchased a 3850 AGP for $91 shipped. It arrived and it was completely caked with smoker's tar dust. The heatsink was clogged beyond recognition and of course, it was dead as a doornail. The fan wouldn't even spin up.
The seller sold the card as untested and as-is. However, the condition of it was listed as Used but functional. I thought that I was screwed on that deal, so I decided to put it up on ebay as not working/for parts and told the story of the card. I had a couple people message me about it saying that I should file a case with Ebay Buyer Protection. So I pulled the auction and filed a claim against the seller. I didn't know how it would go, but I figured it couldn't hurt to try. I honestly thought that it wouldn't go in my favor since he stated in his description that it was sold as-is with no returns.
After a few days, the case manager for my incident ruled in my favor since it was listed as used but fully functional. So lesson learned, if you ever receive something that's listed functional, but sold as-is, no returns, you are covered by ebay. So in the end, the seller gave me a full refund including shipping costs.
So I turned around and immediately bought a 3850 AGP for $81 and it just showed up a couple days ago and works.
Time to get back to benching.