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Author Topic: [FOR SALE/DONATION] GekkoScience 2Pac USB stick FACTORY SECONDS  (Read 2995 times)
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November 28, 2017, 02:31:08 AM
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UPDATE Instead of just shuffling donations into a GoFundMe account, Laura is now employed as the official go-to for sales inquiries. Which means she's handling customer communication for general purchases of 2Pac Seconds and anything else - including a regular supply of stock 2Pacs. All Seconds profits will go directly to her (instead of through middlemen, however efficient they may be), as well as some commission off every sale she handles. The end result is, you won't necessarily have to go through a reseller anymore which saves the customer money, and my friend gets more support from doing good work.

So, if you're interested in any GekkoScience products (2Pac Seconds, regular 2Pacs, the soon-to-be-released Terminus 60W/120GH pod miner, or any power supply hardware) drop her a line - laura@gekkoscience dotcom.

Thanks again to everyone who bought sticks or added donations. You all have gone above and beyond, and now it'll be even easier to help.



So probably a lot of you are familiar by now with my 2Pac USB stick miner.

I closed general sales in June because I was finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with both communication and manufacture.  Bulk sales are still accepted and resellers are taking a whole lot of the load off my back. Between that and improved infrastructure, the weekly output of 2Pacs from my "factory" has more than doubled.

For anyone wondering, non-bulk "individual" sales accounted for roughly 15% of early-batch sales, while communication for individual sales (plus aborted order requests) accounted for roughly 95% of communication. So by offloading those sales to resellers, my overall sales volume was basically unchanged but I was able to reduce my "wading through emails" time down to a fraction of the total.

So some of you guys also noticed that in the past I've sold "factory seconds" 2Pacs. A stock stick has to pass bench testing before final assembly and then a two-step test at no higher than 1.26V before shipping; a "seconds" stick will have failed testing (due to HW errors and/or instability) at stock voltage but will have passed at no higher than 1.40V on the dial. This reduces the baseline efficiency and overclockability but, as far as I can tell, they're still fully functional.

I started selling them in part because I had a lot stacking up - earlier batches of chips weren't as good as what I'm using now so I had up to 10% failures, most of which became seconds. The numbers are better now, but they still stack up, and I like at least getting some of the parts cost back. The other and more significant reason is, all profits from the sale of 2Pac seconds goes to a particular GoFundMe account.

The beneficiary (Laura) is a friend I've known for going on 12 years who's been going through some rough times and is in treatment for an eating disorder. Which ain't cheap, even with insurance. Inpatient treatment kinda keeps you from having a job, and her folks are both teachers (don't even get me started on how undervalued educators are these days) so the whole family could use some help.

So, I'm going to use this thread as a central gathering place for all the as-of-yet scattered and varied information about 2Pac Seconds sales.

I sell them for more than, but not less than, $32 apiece plus shipping. I say "more than" because anything extra you pay will go straight to the fund. Any $32 sale automatically puts $10 in donation, but you're more than welcome to add more to it if you want.

In order to help her out even more, Laura will be taking on the job of "sales rep" and handling customer communication for small orders. We're going to start off with 2Pac Seconds as something simple to iron out the kinks. So instead of contacting me for purchasing, you'll contact her. Which is probably good because she's a lot nicer than I am.

I take PayPal and BTC. Shipping is $10 for any order within the US. Know before you buy that you are buying something DISCOUNTED and NOT AS GOOD AS STOCK and with LIMITED SUPPORT. Supply is limited.

To place an order: Email to Laura at GekkoScience.com - be polite, and don't forget to let her know the essentials:
0) that you specifically want 2Pac Seconds
1) desired quantity
2) expected payment amount (don't forget to add shipping)
3) preferred payment method (BTC or PayPal)
4) shipping address

Also, I have Rohs-compliant sticks but they're all bitshopper-branded and marked with his WEEE registration so I can't really sell them to other people. Bitshopper's okay with them being put in general circulation as seconds outside Europe but not within Europe because he could get in trouble with WEEE reporting. Which means I can't sell seconds sticks in Europe without breaking some rule or other.




2Pac Seconds sales to date have donated: $6215

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November 28, 2017, 05:52:35 AM
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interested in some, sent PM.

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interested as well, sent PM.
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PM sent, hoping not too late.
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Not sure if I was late as well but have not heard back. He's a very busy person so it's understood.
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December 01, 2017, 04:38:00 PM
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Added this to the first post, to help ease the communication payload.


For the sake of easy communication, it would be best for prospective buyers to provide upfront their desired quantity, expected payment amount, preferred payment method and shipping address.


We've been a man down at the shop last couple days so I'm pulling triple duty instead of double trying to get the week's shipments put together. As such, communication has taken a back burner. I should be caught up with everyone here soon, but in the future it'd be handy for people to provide all the above info in the initial request.

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December 01, 2017, 05:37:36 PM
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Sorry to hear that, pm sent.
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Ah, moved. I had intended this to take over for any residual interest in the Group Buys thread instead of disappearing into the netherworld of altcoin miners and junk, but oh well. Guess I'll just have to make sure it gets bumped every day or so.

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[bump] I PM'd the info you requested. Just need to know where to send funds.
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Same, waiting for payment address as well.
He's very busy person so have to be patience.
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December 02, 2017, 11:17:13 PM
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Emailed with requested info.
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Ah, moved. I had intended this to take over for any residual interest in the Group Buys thread instead of disappearing into the netherworld of altcoin miners and junk, but oh well. Guess I'll just have to make sure it gets bumped every day or so.

(bump) I am getting my 2pac in today   cant wait   i want to see them work first and see how many i can run on my usb hubs and i will put a order in for 2nds.
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Also, if you've messaged me once already and I haven't gotten back to you, I'm probably just busy so please be patient. Unless it's been a week or so, in which case the message could be lost. But if it's only been a day or three, chalk it up to being busy.

Note that it's 10PM right now and I'm just now leaving work. Christmas is coming.

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December 08, 2017, 03:45:34 AM
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pm'ed you, just want to make sure my message didn't get lost in the abyss  Smiley

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Also, if you've messaged me once already and I haven't gotten back to you, I'm probably just busy so please be patient. Unless it's been a week or so, in which case the message could be lost. But if it's only been a day or three, chalk it up to being busy.

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December 08, 2017, 10:23:59 PM
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Everyone who's paid, your sticks are shipping out today. PM me with your ZIP code if you want tracking.

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December 09, 2017, 02:20:57 AM
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Thank you Sidehack

Very much appreciate your time.
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bump for today
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December 11, 2017, 10:58:20 PM
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Just got my 12 seconds in today! I had some questions though.

1. Will the black euro ones work? I got 2 of them.
2. What is the voltage set at pre-shipment? Do I need to adjust the dial for them to work?
3. I keep getting an error message on the raspberry pi. Im running all the latest software with raspian and CGminer. This is the error message on CGminer. Any tips of how to fix this?  https://ibb.co/eg2APb
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A stock stick has to pass bench testing before final assembly and then a two-step test at no higher than 1.26V before shipping; a "seconds" stick will have failed testing (due to HW errors and/or instability) at stock voltage but will have passed at no higher than 1.40V on the dial.

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Know before you buy that you are buying something DISCOUNTED and NOT AS GOOD AS STOCK and with LIMITED SUPPORT.

2Pac support thread - read the first post. If you ask any questions there that are already answered in the first post, you'll get made fun of.

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