"Pessimists will point out that PNY is preying on BFG's misfortunes"
I think it's better than what they had before this offer and it's something that could have decent value if you buy a high-end card. The $50 game is a nice sweetener. I just won this game myself and it's cool!
So KUDOS to PNY for trying to take up a little of BFG's slack.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
LOL not picking up their slack realneil, just trying to make some sales with the dismiss of BFG :P
Whatever the case some company can put those boards and GPU's to good use. PNY will can sell them as refurbished cards or keep them for spare parts should they need to replace one of their own faulty cards down the road. I call it recycling.
I have been using PNY cards since the first G-force cards came out. I still have most of them in my tool box. Recycling of computer parts is always good. Until this year I have been using the same computer case since 1996. I use my old parts to fix old computers for people that tighter than me.
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"The promotion runs until October 31, 2010."
When you analyze this, you will see that PNY isn't really losing a lot with this "generous" promotion. Think about it: the time period between BFG's end of service announcement, and PNY's end of promotion, isn't very large. Just how few customers will actually have a BFG card with problems during that time period? Counting those who develop problems within that time period, AND those who had their still-broken cards mailed back to them. And that’s just the start of it: how many of those will want to participate in the promotion? Maybe they don’t want Just Cause. Maybe they don’t want to buy a replacement from PNY. Maybe they just said **** it, threw out their BFG card, and won’t send it in.
If PNY really did want to throw BFG owners a lifeline instead of just attempting to capitalize on the situation, they’d buy up BFG and continue service (after all, both of them sell GeForce cards exclusively, so why not retain the PNY brand for flash memory and the like, and use BFG for video cards and PSUs?) Or, they would extend their promotion deadline.
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