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EVGA doubles Step-Up programme timescale

EVGA doubles Step-Up programme timescale

Selected EVGA graphics cards and motherboards purchased between now and the 21st of December will quality for 180 days of Step-Up coverage.

EVGA has announced a new European-wide extension of its Step-Up trade-in programme, allowing those buying graphics cards or motherboards to upgrade to a better model up to 180 days after launch.

Previously, the Step-Up programme had required users to purchase an extended warranty on their item and provided a ninety-day period during which customers can relieve their buyers' remorse by upgrading to a higher-end model by paying the difference in purchase prices.

'Our Step-Up programme is one of the many benefits available to end users when they join the EVGA community,' crowed Lee Rossiter, EVGA's European sales director, of the programme's extension. 'The Step-Up programme protects the investment an end user makes in an EVGA product, and gives them the opportunity to upgrade to a higher performance EVGA graphics card or motherboard. This promotion enables our end users to have the flexibility to "trade up" through pretty much the first half of 2013.'

There are, naturally, one or two caveats: the Step-Up programme allows a product purchased to be upgraded within 180 days - up from the previous 90 days - from purchase, but requires the buyer to pay shipping both ways along with the difference in price based on the retail price through EVGA's own online store. It's also restricted to selected models from which and to you can upgrade.

The extended timescale, plus the waiving of the typical requirement for an extended warranty purchase, is valid from today through to the 21st of December. Any purchases made after that will require extended warranties to take advantage of Step-Up, and will be limited ot the traditional 90-day period.

Details on the Step-UP programme are available on EVGA's website.

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pantalaimon 16th October 2012, 16:38 Quote
So you pay the premium that EVGA hardware usually commands, the two way shipping and the difference in price for the new item on EVGA's store (which charges more than retailers).

Seems like a really poor deal to me.
ssj12 16th October 2012, 22:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by pantalaimon
So you pay the premium that EVGA hardware usually commands, the two way shipping and the difference in price for the new item on EVGA's store (which charges more than retailers).

Seems like a really poor deal to me.

not a poor deal at all. I upgraded a GTX470 to 480 back in the day. I couldnt afford the difference when i first bought the 470. But I saved the difference and got the 480 when I could afford it. Sure there are some added cost, but it allows you to get something weaker than you originally planned, and save for the more powerful without having to pay the entire cost of the higher performance part.
x5pilot 17th October 2012, 10:24 Quote
I dont get this... Im about to buy a GTX680 this week probably from the cheaper end of the range that I can find. I've considered EVGA but whats the point in holding on to a card for 3 or now 6 months when there's no replacement for the 680 in sight (anyone know about the 780?!)
I understand if you buy a 660 or a 670 but surely such an expensive purchase should be given more due care and foresight. My 580 has lasted me nearly 2 years and is going to return me a healthy value from ebay. Plus it doesnt lock me into buying evga as my next card.
Fair play to evga though - some more upgrade schemes like this would be great for other products like tvs, cars and... wives!
GregTheRotter 17th October 2012, 14:11 Quote
It's for a limited time only so meh.
GonzoRIP 18th October 2012, 01:33 Quote
hmm so this is why all my warranty returns came back looking like old used crap, one was even covered in cigarette tar.
theshadow2001 19th October 2012, 21:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by GonzoRIP
hmm so this is why all my warranty returns came back looking like old used crap, one was even covered in cigarette tar.

Well that answers the question of what happens to all the returns
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