I know that some places like Newegg don't actually fix the broken components themselves. If you RMA it, once they get it, they RMA it essentially to get a part they paid for so they can resell it. Now if multiple people have RMA'd the same part, they send you the newly returned part straight from the factory.
So you actually get a whole new board but it has been returned before as well. If they have no spares, then they send you a new one, and sell the item when it comes back as a refurb.
Not all companies do this, but good 'ol Newegg does!
Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
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