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NCIX Files for Bankruptcy Following Store Closures

NCIX Files for Bankruptcy Following Store Closures

By Simon Hung

Canadian computer hardware retailer Netlink Computer Inc., more commonly known as NCIX, has officially filed for bankruptcy, according to court filings from the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

No official statement has been issued by the Richmond-based company as of December 4 and their online store remains open, but we’d advise against shopping online given the current situation.

The motion was filed on December 1 and the move comes after the company had announced their intentions to restructure and focus on online sales this past September -- a plan that ultimately resulted in the closures of all stores in British Columbia in November. Back in July, NCIX also closed all three of their stores in Ontario, leading some to question their financial stability and future in Canada.

Court filings show NCIX filed for bankruptcy on December 1, 2017.

Former NCIX employee and tech YouTuber Linus Sebastian shed some light on what may have gone wrong, attributing part of their downfall to questionable decision-making and overzealous store expansion while trying to compete with online behemoths like Amazon.

At their peak, NCIX had a total of 12 stores in Canada along with two head office locations. All physical stores are now permanently closed and any customers with existing orders are being advised to visit the NCIX RMA/Service Centre at 13330 Maycrest Way in Richmond, BC or place a cancellation request through their online forum.

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    • Still have chance to get refund for NCIX gift card?
      No... You're about a year and a half late on this one.
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    • Still have chance to get refund for NCIX gift card?
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    • Don't have the same credit card number and code I did when I was still shopping at NCIX so I figure I'm safe on this one. However, not so much with the BMO or Equifax leaks.
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    • hmmm, I think the only card number they may have that could possibly be my vancity cc. I dropped my wallet at work and I had my cards cancelled and reissued just in case. I got my wallet back in the end. I never actually used my cards at ncix after I lost my cards. Not too sure about my vancity cc.
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    • I recall exncix mentioned that personal data are being sold to the highest bidder. I wonder if this was it..
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    • All former customers of NCIX, replace your debit & credit cards if you ever used them with NCIX:
      https://www.privacyfly.com/articles/ncix_breach/
      I don't think I've ever paid for an NCIX purchase online though I may have paid in a card in-store. With that said, my addresses and such I left with NCIX were my old workplace.
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    • What I'd like to know is why/how is their website still up and running after months of being bankrupt and no longer existing as a business? I speculated earlier that perhaps they paid for the website to be running in advance for a year (or more) or something...but does this mean we'll be seeing NCIX.com up in 2019 with all the same stuff on the site? It's not a huge deal since you can't make any orders from the non-existent company but it's kind of funny when people that don't know they're out of business post about them on other threads thinking since the site is up they're still running.
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    • Crazy how a lot of companies didn't do their research that NCIX was going downhill and continued to let NCIX pay on account..
      +1, my co-worker was recently complaining about how NCIX still had not shipped some PC case he ordered a while back. I had to inform him of the bankruptcy.
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    • Crazy how a lot of companies didn't do their research that NCIX was going downhill and continued to let NCIX pay on account..
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    • Finally the end of their weekly fake sales.
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    • Tried logging into their website. It's broken.
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    • On a side note, the NCIX website is STILL active and running at this very moment! 😂 Going to be a headache for unsuspecting people ordering off the website. For fun, I added the $800 PC case on the front page to my cart, says that my estimated ship date is April 29, 2018. Quite optimistic.
      I don't get this either. How do they have the $$$ to keep the site going if they're bankrupt? Perhaps it was pre-paid for xx months (or years gasp!) and will keep going until then because of that?

      I don't think you can actually make orders though right (like go through payment processing)?
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    • Memory Express brought in Linus (from Linus Tech Tips) to their Vancouver grand opening. I wonder if Linus is going to be repping Memory Express from now on (he used to be with NCIX).


      On a side note, the NCIX website is STILL active and running at this very moment! 😂 Going to be a headache for unsuspecting people ordering off the website. For fun, I added the $800 PC case on the front page to my cart, says that my estimated ship date is April 29, 2018. Quite optimistic.
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    • It was said that there were some managing errors or something and his play button got lost. He signed up with a multi-network thing and his play button got sent there and then never got sent to him.
      Yeah right, "it was said". I'm sure that's what happened :lol: You think YouTube doesn't have some kind of replacement program for these things in case people lost them due to legitimate reasons? Even if there was a cost, it probably would be a lot simpler than finding some random computer-store-closing-down auction to get one and then going to the trouble of defacing it and having it re-done to pretend it was yours. The reality is he never got one, plain and simple.
      He said he was going to rebadge it so remove the ncix and all that.
      Of course that's what he's gonna do, but that doesn't mean he won the award. If I go buy some sports star's MVP award because they went bankrupt and had to auction off everything, then got the named changed on it, you think I should then do that and pretend like I'm MLB MVP of 2012 or something when I've barely ever played baseball? It's scummy behaviour at best, fraud otherwise.
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    • It keeps coming back like a bad penny...
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    • The NCIX website was down for a while so I figured it was finally over with.
      But it's back. Who is still hosting this and why?!
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    • But realistically...how would they make you pay? They'd have to take you to court no less, and the hassle and cost of them doing that is probably not worth the effort of just re-auctioning it or selling it to the next bidder in line instead. Perhaps they had a person's CC information to charge against but what if you gave them a fake CC or one that was maxed out and wouldn't approve the charge anyway? Not much they could do there.


      Exactly--and same thing everyone commenting on the video on YouTube has pointed out. Basically YouTube wasn't going to award this clown anything because he clearly doesn't deserve it (YouTube only gives these awards on actual merit not just raw numbers) so he just decided to find himself one and re-badge it or whatever so it looked like his :rolleyes: These kind of losers are the people that boast about accomplishments they never really had, as if they have them. You can tell it comes from upbringing too as the guys pops basically thinks Linus is a nobody and says, "nope, we're not selling it my son has a channel with xxx subs!" :lol: The first thing I thought when he said that was, "wait then shouldn't he have his own already then?" But then I realised what I said above--YT doesn't just issue these on raw views they actually look at it subjectively to determine if there's actual content there.

      As I said it's one thing if you bought it as a fan of NCIX Tech Tips (Linus or otherwise) or if you wanted it as memorabilia of a computer store that "once was" or whatever. But that wasn't the intent here at all. It was merely buying something you didn't achieve to say you achieved it. What a sniveling loser.


      I think it's mentioned somewhere, or Linus mentioned it in the other guy's vid (the random other guy that went looking for camera and lighting equipment--basically the only other guy with videos of the auction if you search on YT). It wasn't that much actually and was probably the steal of the auction given it also included that TV lol. I mean not like the TV is worth that much but had it saw prices like the computer parts it would have sold, on its own, for like $2000 lol.
      It was said that there were some managing errors or something and his play button got lost. He signed up with a multi-network thing and his play button got sent there and then never got sent to him. He said he was going to rebadge it so remove the ncix and all that. What he could of done is send linus the 'black paper' at least and then he could rebadge another silver button.
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    • I don't think you can just overbid and not pay. You have to sign up beforehand to enter the auction so I doubt you can just "bid and dash"
      But realistically...how would they make you pay? They'd have to take you to court no less, and the hassle and cost of them doing that is probably not worth the effort of just re-auctioning it or selling it to the next bidder in line instead. Perhaps they had a person's CC information to charge against but what if you gave them a fake CC or one that was maxed out and wouldn't approve the charge anyway? Not much they could do there.
      If you look at that guy's channel, you'll realize it's basically a bunch of clickbait videos. While the 1.2m subs is impressive at first glance, it becomes kind of suspicious when you see that his latest videos don't even crack 25k views and his last upload was 3 months ago. Basically either those are sub bots or the channel is failing at retaining viewership. He said youtube never gave him a plaque. I guess it makes sense when the channel is pulling nowhere near the numbers the sub count suggests.
      Exactly--and same thing everyone commenting on the video on YouTube has pointed out. Basically YouTube wasn't going to award this clown anything because he clearly doesn't deserve it (YouTube only gives these awards on actual merit not just raw numbers) so he just decided to find himself one and re-badge it or whatever so it looked like his :rolleyes: These kind of losers are the people that boast about accomplishments they never really had, as if they have them. You can tell it comes from upbringing too as the guys pops basically thinks Linus is a nobody and says, "nope, we're not selling it my son has a channel with xxx subs!" :lol: The first thing I thought when he said that was, "wait then shouldn't he have his own already then?" But then I realised what I said above--YT doesn't just issue these on raw views they actually look at it subjectively to determine if there's actual content there.

      As I said it's one thing if you bought it as a fan of NCIX Tech Tips (Linus or otherwise) or if you wanted it as memorabilia of a computer store that "once was" or whatever. But that wasn't the intent here at all. It was merely buying something you didn't achieve to say you achieved it. What a sniveling loser.
      We don't know how much he paid for the lot. Perhaps Linus backed out when he realized how much it would cost him. Besides, Linus had no one but himself to blame for missing the bid.
      I think it's mentioned somewhere, or Linus mentioned it in the other guy's vid (the random other guy that went looking for camera and lighting equipment--basically the only other guy with videos of the auction if you search on YT). It wasn't that much actually and was probably the steal of the auction given it also included that TV lol. I mean not like the TV is worth that much but had it saw prices like the computer parts it would have sold, on its own, for like $2000 lol.
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    • I don't think you can just overbid and not pay. You have to sign up beforehand to enter the auction so I doubt you can just "bid and dash"

      If you look at that guy's channel, you'll realize it's basically a bunch of clickbait videos. While the 1.2m subs is impressive at first glance, it becomes kind of suspicious when you see that his latest videos don't even crack 25k views and his last upload was 3 months ago. Basically either those are sub bots or the channel is failing at retaining viewership. He said youtube never gave him a plaque. I guess it makes sense when the channel is pulling nowhere near the numbers the sub count suggests.

      We don't know how much he paid for the lot. Perhaps Linus backed out when he realized how much it would cost him. Besides, Linus had no one but himself to blame for missing the bid.
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    • LOL @ 5:58 "this is too stupid for me"
      pretty much sums up the auction.
      Yeah that was the best part of the video. It's really crazy what ppl were doing there, I wonder if ppl just bid things up, made a getaway and never picked it up or paid? Because those prices were so out there it's not funny.

      I also don't get why someone would want a YouTube plaque that actually has nothing to do with them? Isn't that like having a Gold Record you weren't the artists/part of the band for? Like having someone's Oscar when you weren't the person named on it? I mean okay I get it if you're a fan, particularly if the artist has passed away or something, but what else are you going to do with these things if they weren't awarded to you/your work/something you were a part of? The stranger thing is the guy did not even know who Linus was, which was pretty mind-boggling. Like okay he bought the entire lot so he could have the YouTube thing...for NCIX Tech Tips. Okay maybe he was a big fan, so it might make sense. Yet he didn't even know a thing about it??? Just strikes me as incredibly odd. Then Linus doesn't buy it off him and even suggests to him to change the name on it or whatever--again, what's the point in that? To fake an achievement/accomplishment/award that you never got yourself? Messed. Right. Up.
      I wanna see the reaction on the person who spent $2500 on a bunch of GPU coolers.
      The odd thing is I wonder if they really care. Like the guy buying the keyboards for insane prices. Linus goes up to him and he just seems to be off in his own "zone" bidding away on things like some kind of spaced out weirdo, lol. Not even a care in the world what he's buying or what it's worth, just like "uh here's something to bid on might as well keep going until I win!" The strange explanation of "it's here now" is proof that some of these people probably have some kind of problem similar to a gambling problem but with auctions.
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    • LOL @ 5:58 "this is too stupid for me"
      pretty much sums up the auction.

      I wanna see the reaction on the person who spent $2500 on a bunch of GPU coolers.
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    • These people are either complete idiots or ........
      Bingo! We have a winner! That's why I never go to auctions any more, so many people don't do their homework on prices and get carried away by the thrill of bidding that they ridiculously overbid. They don't even take into account that there's an auction fee surcharge and GST/PST on top of the final price which still has to be paid.
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    • So happy Linus did not get his play button haha.
      The winner was going to sell to him, but he let it go
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    • So happy Linus did not get his play button haha.
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    • God bless the sheep they never look up into the farmers face until he brings the knife against thier throat for slaughter. Let the fleece be shorn from the wealthy and ignorant so say we all. May they enjoy their $2000 floor mats and CPU Coolers..
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    • Found this thread after placing an order on the NCIX app..

      Safe to say I'm not getting what I ordered? They were happy to charge me..
      Holy Crap.

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    • Holy Shill Bidding, Batman!

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    • Its NCIX nostalgia! you can touch something used by real NCIX people, grimy fingers, coffee stains and all.
      That looks so horrid I'm not sure it was "people" that used it--more like used for experiments with monkeys or dogs, the former of which looks like they may have thrown some feces on it lol.
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    • Just noticed that RFD still has NCIX listed as a Top Retailer in the flyers section.
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    • Its NCIX nostalgia! you can touch something used by real NCIX people, grimy fingers, coffee stains and all.
      Ncix esther on the desktop background as well!
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    • I'm watching live auction... it's pretty insane

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      SOLD for $350!
      Dang I missed out!
      Its NCIX nostalgia! you can touch something used by real NCIX people, grimy fingers, coffee stains and all.
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    • This is the perfect example of why I don't go to computer equipment auctions - a complete waste of time if you are looking for anything as there is generally no warranty on any anything and the prices are NUTS.
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    • I'm watching live auction... it's pretty insane

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      SOLD for $350!
      Dang I missed out!
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