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2024/04/20 07:30:42 (permalink)
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EK is Imploding: Not Paying Employees, Partners, & Suppliers
 
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    Re: EK is Imploding: Not Paying Employees, Partners, & Suppliers 2024/04/20 10:08:43 (permalink)
    dang, not good

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    Re: EK is Imploding: Not Paying Employees, Partners, & Suppliers 2024/04/20 11:33:42 (permalink)
    Definitely not a good situation. Seems the water cooling and PC building industry is going through some changes. Not sure if it’s for the better.



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    Re: EK is Imploding: Not Paying Employees, Partners, & Suppliers 2024/04/21 08:11:47 (permalink)
    I hope there is a good reason in that video.

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    Re: EK is Imploding: Not Paying Employees, Partners, & Suppliers 2024/04/21 08:36:35 (permalink)
     
    Just watched it. That's a shocker, I always assumed EK were very reputable. Never had any issues dealing with them for years now. Then again, I was a regular customer of FrozenGPU for years, and boy did that place ever take a turn for the worse. Amazing how the wrong person in the driver's seat can completely ruin a company so quickly and destroy years of goodwill almost overnight. Hope EK sort it out, their products are great imho.


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    Re: EK is Imploding: Not Paying Employees, Partners, & Suppliers 2024/04/21 12:04:27 (permalink)
    Proper planning, logistics, customer service, and internal communication can solve the issues they are having. 

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    Re: EK is Imploding: Not Paying Employees, Partners, & Suppliers 2024/04/22 15:46:26 (permalink)
    Not related to current situation, but here's somewhat EK-related story that happened to me a while ago.

    Last year I upgraded to a Raptor Lake platform and bought an LGA 1700 waterblock from EK's website. It was shipped by DHL and they applied import duties and fees. DHL allows customers to pay in advance, pay at delivery, or clear the package yourself. I chose the latter, since it's a bit cheaper and I've done that before so I thought everything would go smoothly.

    After getting necessary paperwork from DHL, I headed to the nearest Customs office. Upon arrival I presented the paperwork to an agent who first asked me how long I have been in Canada, which is weird. The last time I imported a motheboard monoblock, the agent only asked me if the item being imported was for personal or business use, and stamped the documents and I was out in less than 5 minutes.

    This time the agent was either very suspicious or very clueless. After explaining I was building a custom water-cooled PC, he got more confused. He asked why I need water inside my computer; what is so special about my computer that it needs this part I was importing; who is EK; where is Slovenia; why didn't I buy it locally; why am building a PC, when I could've bought one from BestBuy; and so on. I answered every question accurately, I explained how water is used to carry heat away from the CPU, and how I've been building PCs since long time ago, and this wasn't my first water-cooled system, and that I've never bought a prebuilt desktop system ever in my life. In the end he was more confused, he said he never heard of EK, never heard of water being needed inside computers, and never heard of people building their own PCs.

    Ok, I don't expect everyone to be an expert in PC building or custom water-cooling loops, but at least people of my age or younger should be aware of such things. It's not like 2003 anymore, when people used aquarium pumps and car radiators. As of 2023 water-cooling has become mainstream, even stores that never sold PC components before now carry AIOs. The agent who was interrogating me was probably about my age or younger, so he should've had some knowledge of modern technologies. The way he was interrogating me (and it felt like interrogation, customs officers are equipped with guns, just like police officers), and this agent armed with gun in police-like uniform was asking so many questions as if I was importing something illegal or prohibited.

    In the end he let me pay the duties and getting documents stamped, but the way he was interrogating me he was either very suspicious or very clueless, and I left the office exhausted and stressed.




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    Re: EK is Imploding: Not Paying Employees, Partners, & Suppliers 2024/04/22 16:22:33 (permalink)
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    In the end he let me pay the duties and getting documents stamped, but the way he was interrogating me he was either very suspicious or very clueless, and I left the office exhausted and stressed.

    I'd say clueless. Very. I'm also guessing very new at the job and way too eager.
     


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    Re: EK is Imploding: Not Paying Employees, Partners, & Suppliers 2024/04/23 09:14:29 (permalink)
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    Not related to current situation, but here's somewhat EK-related story that happened to me a while ago.

    Last year I upgraded to a Raptor Lake platform and bought an LGA 1700 waterblock from EK's website. It was shipped by DHL and they applied import duties and fees. DHL allows customers to pay in advance, pay at delivery, or clear the package yourself. I chose the latter, since it's a bit cheaper and I've done that before so I thought everything would go smoothly.

    After getting necessary paperwork from DHL, I headed to the nearest Customs office. Upon arrival I presented the paperwork to an agent who first asked me how long I have been in Canada, which is weird. The last time I imported a motheboard monoblock, the agent only asked me if the item being imported was for personal or business use, and stamped the documents and I was out in less than 5 minutes.

    This time the agent was either very suspicious or very clueless. After explaining I was building a custom water-cooled PC, he got more confused. He asked why I need water inside my computer; what is so special about my computer that it needs this part I was importing; who is EK; where is Slovenia; why didn't I buy it locally; why am building a PC, when I could've bought one from BestBuy; and so on. I answered every question accurately, I explained how water is used to carry heat away from the CPU, and how I've been building PCs since long time ago, and this wasn't my first water-cooled system, and that I've never bought a prebuilt desktop system ever in my life. In the end he was more confused, he said he never heard of EK, never heard of water being needed inside computers, and never heard of people building their own PCs.

    Ok, I don't expect everyone to be an expert in PC building or custom water-cooling loops, but at least people of my age or younger should be aware of such things. It's not like 2003 anymore, when people used aquarium pumps and car radiators. As of 2023 water-cooling has become mainstream, even stores that never sold PC components before now carry AIOs. The agent who was interrogating me was probably about my age or younger, so he should've had some knowledge of modern technologies. The way he was interrogating me (and it felt like interrogation, customs officers are equipped with guns, just like police officers), and this agent armed with gun in police-like uniform was asking so many questions as if I was importing something illegal or prohibited.

    In the end he let me pay the duties and getting documents stamped, but the way he was interrogating me he was either very suspicious or very clueless, and I left the office exhausted and stressed.


     you must have hesitated as you wondered why he wanted to know "X" ..... that sets off their radar.  They look at how you respond as much or more than what you respond.
     
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    Re: EK is Imploding: Not Paying Employees, Partners, & Suppliers 2024/04/23 16:18:17 (permalink)
    The moment the agent would have asked why I need water in my computer, I would have exploded with excitement to show a million water cooled PC pics and videos.

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    Re: EK is Imploding: Not Paying Employees, Partners, & Suppliers 2024/04/23 23:34:25 (permalink)
    EK's response (tldr version): 
     
    Dear Community,
    We sincerely apologize.
    We are committed to fulfilling our financial obligations and regaining your trust.
    We are dedicated to making things right and fostering a more responsible company culture.



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