China Electronic Markets w/Linus Tech Tips! HUGE PC Giveaway! August 30, 2018 – Posted in: Videos

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Honestly, it’s overwhelming
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Yeah, it took me months to really learn my way around
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and sort of get a sense of what’s where.
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I need an objective.
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That’s what I have figured out.
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You could wander around in here for weeks
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and still have no idea where the hell you are at.
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And I have
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This place is incredible.
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I know.
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It’s crazy, right?
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So I’m here with Linus of Linus Tech Tips.
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A man who almost needs no introduction.
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And this is your– from my understanding,
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this is your first time to Shenzhen.
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Yeah, I know.
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This is only my second time to China.
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Last time, I was only here for about 30 hours,
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so it doesn’t really count.
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No, that doesn’t count.
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All I saw was the inside of a conference center.
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That doesn’t count.
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Yeah.
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So when I found out, I guess some of my fans
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and your fans found out you were here, and said,
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you got to meet Scotty.
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Make the connection.
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And told me, you got to take Linus to Huaqiangbei.
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You got to show him around.
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So this is a place I deeply love,
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and I’m just really happy to share it with other people
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like you.
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Car FOBs.
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They have BMW car FOBs, many, many USB keys.
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Yep.
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A little fun.
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That thing works?
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Yeah, you can put a sim card in it.
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You know what?
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I’m going to go take out cash now
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because there’s already stuff I actually have to have here.
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I told you.
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All right, all right.
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Let’s just go to the ATM.
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I knew that.
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One of the really fun things about taking people
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to Huaqiangbei for the first time
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is just watching their eyes light up
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and go, oh my God, there’s so much stuff here I want.
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Helpful error message.
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Transaction is canceled for some reason.
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Operation timeout.
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Thank you.
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How much was that phone?
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I don’t know I’m going to guess like 75 CNY, like $10.
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$10 to $15 is what I’m gonna guess.
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So here’s stuff I mostly recognize.
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Right.
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Yeah, I figured this would be your domain far more than mine.
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I’m kind of curious what you think of this place
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actually because I just don’t keep up to date with PC stuff.
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Here there’s a bunch of mining gear like AntMiners,
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and what else do they got?
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This is all new.
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I didn’t see this last time I was up here.
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Looks like very similar SKUs.
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I mean, this is a monitor brand I’ve never heard of.
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So is it– so this starts at 6,000 what, yen?
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RNB.
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RNB.
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Yuan.
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Yeah.
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Yuan.
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Yeah.
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So that would be what?
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It’s about six to one, so divide by six.
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So about $1000.
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$1000, yeah.
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OK, I mean that’s about what an MB would start at back at home.
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So I just wanted to take a quick break from walking around
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the markets with Linus to give a little bit more context here.
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The Huaqiangbei Bay electronics market
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used to really be a wholesale market
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to supply factories with components, and tools,
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and whatnot as part of their manufacturing operations.
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It also was a place that Western buyers
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came to meet manufacturers to have something made.
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That’s changing.
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That’s still there, for sure.
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And it’s the part that I really like.
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But on top of it now, there is this sort of retail component.
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Right?
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So when you see things like HP branded laptops,
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ASUS motherboards, that stuff, that’s
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not being made by local manufacturers.
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They may be still be manufactured here,
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but the company that designed it, HP or ASUS,
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they’re international companies.
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And so often that stuff is being,
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even if it’s being made here, it’s
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being exported and then re-imported.
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And so it’s coming in at roughly the same price
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that you would pay in the US.
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So you’re not going to get a screaming deal on it.
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It may even be a little bit more expensive
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because there’s a pretty hefty sales tax here
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at VAT which is like 17%.
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So you’re not going to get like 50% off on a brand
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new legit HP laptop, or something like that.
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I mean, this is the kind of thing
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you would never find in a retail store back home.
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This is like dual socket server boards, and stuff like that.
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Yeah.
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For sure you’d have to order that online.
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I was kind of thinking maybe we could try and do
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a really cheap PC build or something like that.
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Yeah.
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Sort of some– this is just all mining shit.
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Yeah.
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Look at this.
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And this is all new.
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It did not used to be this way.
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These are mining specific cards right here,
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these ones without coolers, and they actually
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do have a display output, but just the one.
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Yeah.
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In Russian as well, do you know some Russian here?
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Interesting.
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That is relevant.
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I mean, you got to know who your target market is.
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So this is one of the bigger tool shops here.
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Kind of like prototyping, but also factory stuff.
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Is this like a giant hot glue gun?
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[INAUDIBLE] colors.
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All possible varieties.
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Yeah.
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So what I figured out at this point
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is I definitely need some kind of an objective
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because you could wander around in here for weeks,
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and still have no idea where the hell you are at.
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And I have.
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And I have.
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So yeah, if you have something specific you want to do,
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I’m happy to try and make that happen as best we can.
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But that’s a hard question.
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Let’s maybe jump buildings.
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Sure.
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Have you seen this one?
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OK, sounds good.
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So you have a mission today?
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Yeah, I don’t know how well it’s going to go,
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but we’re trying to find the cheapest possible laptop here
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so we can check it out.
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This is awesome because I haven’t really
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explored laptops and PCs in Huaqiangbei very much.
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I just did a video on my channel where
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I needed a Windows machine, and I’m not really a Windows guy.
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Right.
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And so I had a Mac machine.
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So I went over to Xiaomi store and picked up a Xiaomi laptop,
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and I got a ton of shit for it because I didn’t fully tap out
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the availability of the market.
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So this will be a little bit of redemption for us.
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We’ll see.
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I think you’ll educate me of what’s available here.
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I’ll say that I was a little disappointed with the PC
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component side of things.
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Honestly, there wasn’t really a lot–
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I would have loved to do a video of building
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a computer with only brands that I don’t recognize.
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You’ve never heard.
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Yeah.
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But the only ones that I found were maybe
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a couple of motherboard brands, and a couple of power supply
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brands, and quite frankly, those are
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two components that you don’t use stuff you don’t recognize.
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Right.
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Yeah, absolutely.
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We might also be looking in the wrong place.
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There’s more stuff in here, so we
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might see some crazier stuff like second or third floor
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here in the LED building.
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Yeah.
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Once you start coming here more, it does actually–
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you do notice differences.
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There is a different mix of stuff here, but–
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Right.
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But it’s a different mix.
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It’s not fundamentally different.
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It’s subtle.
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It is subtle.
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It has kind of like a bazaar type feel to it.
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So one problem here where the really nice guy from upstairs
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directed us is that none of this is off-brand.
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This is like Lenovo, Samsung, ASUS, Dell.
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Yup.
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I don’t think we’re going to find anything
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that weird and/or cheap here.
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What can we do?
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There’s got to be somebody doing white label.
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Literally nothing.
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You know what?
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Tell you what, what do you edit your videos on?
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Final Cut or Premiere.
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Final Cut’s my [INAUDIBLE] choice,
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but my editor uses Premiere.
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Here’s what we’re doing.
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We’re building an editing rig for Strange Parts’s editor.
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Because when in doubt, and I can’t figure out
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what to make a video about, I just build a computer.
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Yeah, sorry man.
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I thought we would find more crazy laptops than we did.
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I always come into these kinds of places
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thinking I’m going to find kind of weird, cool stuff.
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And if I’m looking for disposable shitty toys
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and stuff, then yeah, sure.
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Or stuff like dangerous lasers–
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I mean, to be fair, I am a cell phone guy
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trying to give a laptop and PC tour here.
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We’re a dying breed, laptop and PC people.
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10 or 15 years ago, I might have had some idea what’s going
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on, but now it’s–
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oh no, Linus has stars in his eyes here.
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Oh my God.
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He’s looking devious.
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I think I’ve fallen in love.
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What the hell is this?
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It’s actually– the construction of it is not bad too.
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From a distance, it looked like plastic garbage,
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but it’s actually aluminum garbage.
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It’s like, proper.
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Yeah.
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Wow.
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I’m really feeling this one right here.
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Yeah.
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I want to know how much this costs.
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The problem is there’s no boss here right now.
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There’s no boss here?
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No, there’s no person at the booth.
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Oh, really?
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Yeah.
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Are you just trying to make it so I can’t buy that thing.
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No, but that would be a good tactic.
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No, there’s nobody actually there right now.
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I call bullshit.
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Oh wow.
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Go peek your head back in there.
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Here, here we’re finding out how much that costs.
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[SPEAKING CHINESE]
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You’re good.
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[INAUDIBLE] my guess is.
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Let’s get out of here.
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I think that was just remnants of some–
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What?
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It’s just display.
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Oh, they can’t sell any of it to me?
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Hey, there we go.
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All right, let’s find out how much this thing is.
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[SPEAKING CHINESE]
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1,680.
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1,680.
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What does that translate to?
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About–
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Holy shit, is this thing like $300?
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$300, yeah.
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Wow.
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Wow, I mean, I like you dude, but–
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Something about the finish.
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Yeah, I know.
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Yeah, it’s a good finish all right.
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If you want it, we can try to discount it.
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Dang.
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Yeah, but I mean we’re starting at–
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OK, maybe I can be a little bit flexible on the case.
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Let’s look around a little more.
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We only looked at like one case about this.
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Fine.
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Fine.
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Fine.
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There are more cases over here.
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Sure.
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Now that is some–
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It’s pretty good, right?
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That is some beautiful RGB right there.
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Oh, this one’s out already.
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That makes more sense.
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Honestly, you weren’t getting a bunch of storage space in here
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anyway.
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Sorry dude.
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OK.
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Yeah, I’m sold.
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Looks good to me.
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Oh, no.
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All right.
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Yeah, good.
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I still don’t know what the brand is.
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There’s nothing on here that would indicate what it is.
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But it does have USB 3.
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It’s designed in Thailand.
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Colorful is the brand name.
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Colorful?
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Yeah.
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Oh, it’s a Colorful.
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It’s a Colorful.
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Have you heard of that brand?
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Yeah, I’ve heard of Colorful.
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They don’t really have a North American presence,
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but you know what, I’m going with it.
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Sure, $50,
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What do you think?
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I’d die.
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So Linus, what do you think of the market so far?
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It’s so stressful and overwhelming.
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I love online shopping.
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Honestly, we’ve paid more, we’ve spent more time,
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and I’ve gotten more stressed out.
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Honestly, this is the other thing that’s changing as well.
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A lot of stuff is moving online.
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It is more convenient.
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It is easier to find that one specific thing you need.
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And I do it too.
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If I want something super specific, I buy it on Taobao.
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If I want to browse, and I want to make relationships and meet
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people, and I want to see what’s out there, and I want to learn,
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then I go to the markets.
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We’ve actually thought about doing
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a scrapyard wars in another country where
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it’s not our first language.
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And I’m feeling far less inclined to try something
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like that at this point.
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I, on the other hand, would be totally down to do that.
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That’s totally my jam, I love this stuff.
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I love the possibilities.
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You don’t know what you’re going to find
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and I love there’s a deal or a strange part
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around every corner.
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I found this blue ass tubing.
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That’s so amazing.
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I guarantee you that wasn’t a product for sale.
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That was just like, we had some extra tubing,
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we stuck it in the cabinet.
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And on our way.
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Let’s get moving.
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Well, we had an adventure, which I
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think I pretty much guaranteed you
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from the start was that we would have an adventure.
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Yeah, we did have an adventure.
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What do you think of trying to build a PC in Huaqiangbei?
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I think that if you’re trying to build
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a particular thing, like if you want an H51 board,
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or whatever it is, if you want a cheap mATX board,
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and you want used memory, and kind of the things we
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saw a lot of, it’s very easy.
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But if you’re trying to build around a specific spec,
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actually it can be really difficult,
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and availability of things like water cooling components ended
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up–
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I mean, we managed to water cool this system but–
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Yeah.
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But it was challenging.
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I think you got a taste for a little bit of what it’s
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like for me to do projects here, which is that it’s not
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the same as going to Best Buy and just choosing
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some stuff off the shelf, and then you go up the counter,
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and you pay with your credit card,
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and you get a nice total receipt.
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I’m super satisfied–
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It’s more fluid, and it’s an adventure.
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I’m so satisfied with the AliExpress experience.
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I do end up paying more, and I end up waiting 6 to 10 weeks.
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6 to 10 weeks, but–
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But on the other hand, I’m a bike ride away.
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Pop down here and pick up whatever I need.
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You know what?
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It was fun.
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It was fun.
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I had a blast.
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I’m glad I could share it with you.
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So thank you so much for letting me show you around and take you
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on an adventure, or have you take me on adventure
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as it were.
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Here is that PC we built. Now it’s
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got some pretty nice specs on it.
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It’s got a Ryzen CPU, 16 gigs of RAM,
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a GTX 1060 graphics card, and 250 gigs of SSD.
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It’s going to make a pretty nice rig.
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But Linus gave it to me to do with whatever I want.
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And what I would like to do with it
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is to give it away to a lucky subscriber.
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However, we haven’t tried to turn it on yet.
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I didn’t want to take away that part of the fun from whoever
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wins it.
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So this wouldn’t be a Strange Parts adventure
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if there wasn’t a healthy dose of debugging in it, right?
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I’m going to leave that to you guys.
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Whoever wins it, you’re going to have
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an adventure on your hands.
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I also have something else to give away.
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One second, let me get repositioned here.
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So I have for the second and third place winners,
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I have a couple of these limited edition Strange Parts iPhone
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headphone jack boards framed and signed by me
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to give away to you.
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So in order to be eligible for this giveaway,
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you’ve got to be subscribed.
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Click on the link below to enter.
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There’s more info there.
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There’s pictures as well as how to earn
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extra submissions to increase your chances of winning.
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But you’ve got to be a subscriber.
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I hope you guys have enjoyed this video.
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If you’d like to see more of the process of buying the PC
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components to make this PC, go check out the video
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that Linus made for his channel, Linus Tech Tips.
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I’ll leave a link to that below in the description.
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But for now, I’m Scotty from Strange Parts.
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Stay tuned for more adventures.
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I’ll see you time.
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