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Motherboard under warranty and Gigabyte doesn't fulfill it (pictures inside)

Hello.

On May the 18th I've sent a mother board under warranty to my local seller. On July the 22nd, Gigabyte says the part is not under warranty because it was scratched, supposedly, by me. However, before sending the mother board, I took some pictures in order to have an easier assembling later. One of the pictures clearly shows that there wasn't any scratch there. The seller has sent the pictures and everything to Gigabyte, but Gigabyte doesn't fulfill the warranty. This means that Gigabyte has left me without computer for several months (take into account it is one of the more expensive Gigabyte mother boards), and without any answer to me.

Could someone address me to someone inside Gigabyte to ask for a solution, please? Any help would be more than welcome.

Here is the picture showing the before and after:


Thanks in advance,
C.Palencia.

« Last Edit: August 17, 2010, 09:43:18 am by Palencia »

Dark Mantis

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This is always a problem with defects that show up after the component has been RMAed. In fairness to Gigabyte they are in the position of picking up the tab if they just replace any damaged board that is sent and so have to try and decide the fairness of each individual case. I would have thought that with substantiating picturers they would have been more lenient in your case. It could always be inferred that you took the pictures before the board was scratched or indeed of another board but I would say that it would be in the interest of good customer relations to have replaced your motherboard in this instance.
I will contact runn3R the Gigabyte representative on this forum to see if he can help you.
Good luck.
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Thanks for your help, Dark Mantis. I'll contact runn3R.

I understand that Gigabyte should have "good faith" in this case, because, as you said, it could be inferred the picture was taken before the scratch. However, why should I risk my warranty by scratching the mobo? Who scratches a mounted and working mother board in such a place (just next to the outer box)? Even my seller, before sending the part, give me a receipt showing there was no visible damages in the part.

I feel a little bit defenseless in this case. I hope Gigabyte can give me some explanations about this RMA.

Thanks again.

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If you have the added bonus of the receipt from the retailer stating that it was undamaged then I don't think that you should have a problem I have alread contacted runn3R on your behalf.
Gigabyte X58A-UD7
i7 920
Dominators 1600 x6 12GB
6970 2GB
HX850
256GB SSD, Sam 1TB, WDB320GB
Blu-Ray
HAF 932

Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3
i7 3770K
Vengeance 1600 16GB
6950 2GB
HCP1200W
Revo Drive x2, 1.5TB WDB RAID0
16x DLRW
StrikeX S7
Full water cooling
3 x 27" Iiy

To be honest, the receipt doesn't specifically say it is undamaged, but the field where the visible damages must be listed is empty. I remember we checked there if there was some kind of "burnt" caused by a short circuit or similar, and there wasn't any. We would have seen the scratch if it was there then.

Thanks again, Dark Mantis. I'll check this thread to see the updates.

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I am sure runn3R wil be in touch with you directly via PM if he can do anything. He's a bit busy at the moment as he only came back off holiday yesterday ;)
Gigabyte X58A-UD7
i7 920
Dominators 1600 x6 12GB
6970 2GB
HX850
256GB SSD, Sam 1TB, WDB320GB
Blu-Ray
HAF 932

Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3
i7 3770K
Vengeance 1600 16GB
6950 2GB
HCP1200W
Revo Drive x2, 1.5TB WDB RAID0
16x DLRW
StrikeX S7
Full water cooling
3 x 27" Iiy

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Hi Palencia

I have just informed our Spain branch about your issue. Please await their reply.
Thanks
ZX-S & C64 are still my favourites ;-)

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Hi all,

I'm Iñigo from GBT Spanish team.

as runn3r said, He contacted Spanish team in order to solve this issue.

I'm talking with Spanish RMA department yet in order to collect all the info from them.

PALENCIA, also I want to look those pictures if possible (I sent to you my mail by PM)


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Hi Inigo(sorry for the spelling I don't have enya on my keyboard) and welcome to our forum. It is good to see the different parts of Gigabyte international working together. It raises confidence in the cohesion of the company.
Gigabyte X58A-UD7
i7 920
Dominators 1600 x6 12GB
6970 2GB
HX850
256GB SSD, Sam 1TB, WDB320GB
Blu-Ray
HAF 932

Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3
i7 3770K
Vengeance 1600 16GB
6950 2GB
HCP1200W
Revo Drive x2, 1.5TB WDB RAID0
16x DLRW
StrikeX S7
Full water cooling
3 x 27" Iiy

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Hi all,

I'm Iñigo from GBT Spanish team.

as runn3r said, He contacted Spanish team in order to solve this issue.

I'm talking with Spanish RMA department yet in order to collect all the info from them.

PALENCIA, also I want to look those pictures if possible (I sent to you my mail by PM)

Hi Iñigo, thanks for joining the forum and looking into this problem
ZX-S & C64 are still my favourites ;-)

Thanks to everybody for your quick answers and reactivity. Iñigo, I've written you an email with some pictures. I hope they can help you to trace this issue.

Thanks again.

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Please come back and let us know the outcome of your saga. Hopefully it will be resolved quite soon. ;)
Gigabyte X58A-UD7
i7 920
Dominators 1600 x6 12GB
6970 2GB
HX850
256GB SSD, Sam 1TB, WDB320GB
Blu-Ray
HAF 932

Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3
i7 3770K
Vengeance 1600 16GB
6950 2GB
HCP1200W
Revo Drive x2, 1.5TB WDB RAID0
16x DLRW
StrikeX S7
Full water cooling
3 x 27" Iiy

Inigo

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First of all, I want to make clear one point:

The RMA procedure includes more parts than those any of those involved can control 100%.

The client, for example, has to give his Mobo to the shop. The shop to the Reseller or Distributor, and those to Gigabyte RMA center in Spain.

In this case, even both the final client and us having photos of the product...all the way long from him to us cannot be as well controled as customer and us would like to.

We have photos of each "damaged by user" rated units that RMA dept. proceed, and they matched this unit. So we can say it's not our fault and clean our hands. But any Gigabyte employee would feel that as fair.

It is so difficult to determine of which part of the process is the fault. And, actually we cannot prove if provided photo matches this concrete mobo or not (as Palencia said)...but we cannot prove neither that it isn't and prefer to trust our clients.

So it would be swapped for another unit we'll send to customer home.

Hope this solves this issue in the best way for all the parts.

« Last Edit: August 24, 2010, 06:03:41 pm by Inigo »

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Well done Gigabyte!
Remember, when all else fails a cup of tea and a good swear will often help! It won't solve the problem but it will make you feel better.

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I think that is a very fair outcome for the OP and am glad to see that Gigabyte's customer relations are for once exceptionally good. ;) As Inigo said the process of an RMA passing through so many hands is not really ideal and I think that some form of responsibility check should be done and verified by each participant. ie signing for the board in good condition. That way at least you can prove "where the buck stops". 8)
Gigabyte X58A-UD7
i7 920
Dominators 1600 x6 12GB
6970 2GB
HX850
256GB SSD, Sam 1TB, WDB320GB
Blu-Ray
HAF 932

Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3
i7 3770K
Vengeance 1600 16GB
6950 2GB
HCP1200W
Revo Drive x2, 1.5TB WDB RAID0
16x DLRW
StrikeX S7
Full water cooling
3 x 27" Iiy

 

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