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Avoiding scams while buying mining equipment
« on: April 04, 2024, 03:21:57 PM »
There are crypto scams everywhere, particularly on 1) Telegram and 2) when buying something, but what happens when you combine the two? It becomes a complete and total madhouse.

A Kaboomracks employee shares his tips on how to avoid getting scammed during this bull run. He seems to be a very smart guy, so I'm going to leave their website here for you to check  our their inventory of (resold) mining equipment: https://kaboomracks.com/

Without further ado, here is the executive summary.

First, make sure the other party is a real person or authorized representative of the entity.
Second, You obviously should only buy miners from companies with a track record of being honest.
Third, It is almost impossible to sue entities in the eastern part of Asia, particularly China. Relevant because many miners like Bitmain are based in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc.
Fourth, Lower miner price = higher risk
Fifth, If you have a colleague or peer who might know about this seller, ask them for advice on if you should proceed with the transaction.
Last but not least is Hosting in the US is safer than hosting outside it.

My own addition to this would be: Avoid Telegram entirely and use a trusted platform like Bitcointalk for closing the deal.

The full, original post is here: https://stacker.news/items/493679
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Avoiding scams while buying mining equipment
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Re: Avoiding scams while buying mining equipment
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2024, 02:03:59 AM »
Can't all transactions be done with escrow? Yes, maybe your suggestion seems stronger, because it refers to the Bitcointalk forum where there are many important and honest people there (marked by a good reputation)... I see that there are also many escrow service providers who are very fair and always carry out their duties well... I am sure that if buyers and sellers agree to the mechanism of using this third party for their transactions, this will certainly be safer and avoid fraud.

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Re: Avoiding scams while buying mining equipment
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2024, 12:43:04 AM »
Can't all transactions be done with escrow? Yes, maybe your suggestion seems stronger, because it refers to the Bitcointalk forum where there are many important and honest people there (marked by a good reputation)... I see that there are also many escrow service providers who are very fair and always carry out their duties well... I am sure that if buyers and sellers agree to the mechanism of using this third party for their transactions, this will certainly be safer and avoid fraud.
Typically, BTC miners in Vietnam will directly purchase mining rigs from Bitmain and import them from China. For old rigs, they will search for and share information on social media and then go directly to check and purchase the rigs. Scams are rare because everyone knows each other and everyone wants to protect their reputation in this market. Cooperation will bring greater profits than deception!

BTC mining is a global market, but I don't think miners can easily buy or sell mining rigs through crypto forums, unless the seller and buyer are both active in the local forum and can connect with each other. In any case, a sales contract should be signed so that both parties have sufficient rights and responsibilities.
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Re: Avoiding scams while buying mining equipment
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2024, 02:59:05 AM »
I used to do a lot of escrow on bitcointalk. tens of thousands of dollars at times.

escrow for miners on bitcointalk has slowed a lot.

and bitcointalk market place does not sell like they used to do.
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Re: Avoiding scams while buying mining equipment
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2024, 01:49:42 PM »
BTC mining is a global market, but I don't think miners can easily buy or sell mining rigs through crypto forums, unless the seller and buyer are both active in the local forum and can connect with each other. In any case, a sales contract should be signed so that both parties have sufficient rights and responsibilities.

it happened often in the old times, just as Phil said, thousands of gears were bought this way, we had group buys to manage MOQ, guys with a lot at stake and with pretty hefty sums, and most of them went well, unless it turned out that the manufacturer was the one with problems.

But the reasons why it died down is that small miners are kicked out of the game, small hobby farms are no longer profitable, while the hashrate increase the number of players is on a continuous decline, and big guys just deal directly with the manufacturers.


 

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