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eVGA Step-Up kind of sucks now...doesn't it?

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    You know, I was just noticing something, eVGA's step-up program has really started to suck for the consumers.

    Basically, you can only step-up cards with lifetime warranties. Well the only cards eVGA has sold recently with lifetime warranties has been the GTX200 series. Not even the GTS250 is available with a lifetime warranty!

    Then, the only cards available in the step up program are:

    GeForce GTX 295 CO-OP Edition
    GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 - 55nm
    GeForce GTS 250
    GeForce 9800 GT
    GeForce 9600GT Low Power
    GeForce 9500 GT

    But the only cards eligable are the GTX200 series...

    What does that mean? Well, it basically means that you have one option to step-up, the overly expensive GTX295! You aren't going to downgrade in a step-up(especially not since eVGA doesn't give a refund if you do...).

    Where is the GTX275 and GTX285? It seems stupid to me that only the GTX295 is available. It basically makes the step-up program completely useless.:banghead: Why even have it, if that is the only option?

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    i just noticed mine is like that now...last week i had the option of 280 285 ,maybe there just out of stock
     
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    What is the point of requesting the card, and then waiting in the queue while a card becomes available then?

    Unless they have stopped producing GTX200 cards?!?!

    Hmmmm....that makes me wonder...
     
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    they blowed up?
     
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    nvidia could be gettin sneaky here silent launch of 5870 killer?
     
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    Thats what we can hope.
    I can't wait to get another cheap 5870 for CF :toast:
     
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    Thats what I'm wondering, maybe production of the GTX200 series has been put on hold to produce something else...
     
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    They make more money outright selling cards, step up isn't likely profitable for them. I don't remember them doing this before but maybe I wasn't paying attention. The 275 & 285 should definitely be on that list.

    I have a feeling their next gen will be good enough to the point that they'll have a hard time even selling, let alone making money off of recertified 275 and 285.

    Example, someone buys a card for $60 less than full retail, evga charges full retail. New cards come out dropping the value of their stepups, now they're selling used stuff at considerably less than current pricing so they incur the cost of handling the stuff.

    Step up is a good business strategy when it's in their favor and a brand new generation of cards isn't around the corner.
     
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