Where/how to sell a drobo 5d?

chfilm

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Hi,

I've got a fully loaded drobo 5d with 5TB and a crucial msata ssd.
I was trying to sell it on eBay but no one would bid for it!

Problem is I'm in Germany.. So if anyone has any ideas at all where to sell this thing...would be welcome!
 

firedept

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Somewhere!
Can not offer you any other suggestions but Ebay as you are in Germany. Unless you have something like Craigslist in Germany where you can sell it locally. If it did not sell, then maybe your price was a bit high. Do a search on Ebay of completed auctions for the same or close to drobo's that have sold and see what they got for them. Then maybe rethink what you can ask for it.

Also consider in the shipping cost because to ship this internationally will be expensive and buyers will be considering this into their purchase price. I know it may not be what you want to hear, but you will only get what the market is willing to bare. Sometimes it is not worth selling and is better to keep.
 

chfilm

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Thx well, not what I wanted to hear but what I was afraid to ;)

I'd really like to swap the drobo for a pegasus2r4...considering it cost exactly the same 12 months ago I thought it would be worth at least 700€ with drives while a new one without drives goes on sale for 650...
 

giffut

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You ...

... surely can use eBays own Craigslist kind of service in Germany: http://kleinanzeigen.ebay.de/anzeigen/

I use it myself occasionally and its pretty much good seller/buyer spirit there. Many private seller moved over from eBays auctions, as provision fees get ridiculously expensive (reaching 10%).

Cautions apply of course, as always for private markets – be polite, stay in contact, ask questions and get a feel for it.

I might be interested, though: What kind of price do you contemplate about in €?
 

barkmonster

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You're probably listing it too high. Pull the drives and sell it as a bare unit for 2/3rd retail as the minimum price minus the cost of the drives.

I wouldn't buy a used drobbo. You never know why people are selling it. Could be prone to data corruption, the drives could be ancient and on their last legs and they're including them to inflate the price, think from the point of view of a buyer.
 

posguy99

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I wouldn't buy a Drobo at all, new or used. A company that officially recommends to their customers that they buy Disk Warrior for when their volumes corrupt, should not be patronized. Note "when", not "if".

(personal experience... owned a Drobo for less than a year, could never trust it to be there moment to moment)
 
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entropyfl

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I wouldn't buy a Drobo at all, new or used. A company that officially recommends to their customers that they buy Disk Warrior for when their volumes corrupt, should not be patronized. Note "when", not "if".

(personal experience... owned a Drobo for less than a year, could never trust it to be there moment to moment)
I agree.. my story is

Had 2nd gen Drobo which was slow and crap but I had all drives so put them in the 5C which kept corrupting and they held me to ransom with disk warrior.. I had no choice as it was my one copy of the data.. it rescued it but it leaves a bad taste.

to be fair it works great now but I am wary of it.
 

posguy99

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Had 2nd gen Drobo which was slow and crap but I had all drives so put them in the 5C which kept corrupting and they held me to ransom with disk warrior.. I had no choice as it was my one copy of the data.. it rescued it but it leaves a bad taste.
My experience is the same except with a 3rd Gen USB3 unit. Drobo has stopped selling that unit now. I wonder why?

I took the same drives (WD Reds, so not cheap drives) and put them in an Oyen Digital Moebius, which has worked flawlessly since.
 

MacDann

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My experience is the same except with a 3rd Gen USB3 unit. Drobo has stopped selling that unit now. I wonder why?

I took the same drives (WD Reds, so not cheap drives) and put them in an Oyen Digital Moebius, which has worked flawlessly since.
Me three.

After having a four bay Drobo full of less than a year old Seagate enterprise hard drives that the Drobo started tagging as being "corrupted". When I opened a ticket with Drobo, I was informed that if the number of errors on a drive exceeded a relatively small amount the OS grabbed the drive serial number, locked it out, and prevented it from being used.

I yanked my drives (all of which are still running today, almost five years later in a FreeNAS box) and immediately sold the Drobo.

Never again.

MacDann
 

posguy99

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Are we getting a bit off-track here? The OP wants to sell his Drobo not a list of stories about how ***** it is.
I think we're pointing out that in good conscience you shouldn't be selling the thing to someone else. Drobo was bad when they were a standalone company but now that they're part of someone else, it's that much worse.
 
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