One of Newegg’s suppliers looks to have let the big ‘egg down. This past weekend, the computer parts giant reportedly shipped up to three hundred utterly fake Intel Core i7-920 processors. Not an inexpensive purchase by any means, no doubt the buyers were completely perplexed when they popped the “CPUs” out of their packages. A customer, Vincent Waller, burned by the experience put his dissatifaction to film, and posted it on YouTube for everyone to see:
Newegg originally claimed that the mix-up occurred when one of its suppliers, D&H Distributing, mistakenly sold a number of “demo boxes” instead of retail boxes to the company, which were then shipped to customers. That’s clearly not the case, though, since as the video above proclaims, there were even spelling errors on the back of the boxes. The plot thickens when a number of websites such as HardOCP, who originally discovered the story, and Icrontic, who picked it up, were summarily threatened with cease and desist notices demanding public apologies, with the threat of legal action should the bodies not comply.
Something obviously isn’t adding up. D&H could clearly have blamed the fault on one of their own suppliers, or an employee, and corrected the situation. Instead, they chose to actively fight organizations reporting the news as it unfolding, leaving a sour taste in the mouths of just about every technology journalist and enthusiast on the Internet. No one is sure exactly what’s happened here, but things are certainly not as they seem. For that matter, things aren’t as they’re being claimed, either.