Newegg is getting bad rap on this
I have to agree with you, Newegg is getting screwed on this, any way you slice it, they're ultimately going to take the fall. yeah investigation may eventually discover the real culprit, he'll be charged criminally and probably do a little jail time and pay some fines, and his story will quietly fade in to vague memories The part people will remember however is that Newegg sold counterfeit CPU's!
I do small business support and do a lot of business with Newegg, to the tune of $250k +/- a year for the last several years. most of the hardware i purchase comes from them. i've had maybe a handful of minor issues with orders, mostly involving shipping damage, which they have taken care of quickly and honorably. What they've also done is helped me out and taken care of situations when i've screwed up, like taking back non-refundable items and not even charging me a restocking fee when i've ordered the wrong item. there have been numerous occasions when i've done this. i once purchased oem server 2008 instead of SBS 2008, and they even shipped me the SBS 2008 overnight at their expense, so i could still meet my delivery date to my client. once i pulled a blonde moment and ordered 16 2gb sticks of unbuffered ECC ram for an opteron server, anyone who's worked with opterons knows that they require registered ECC ram, when i called newegg to plead my case and beg for forgiveness, they were out of stock on the correct ram, at that point most companies would have said to bad so sad, we'll give you a refund minus 15%. Newegg processed the RMA again with no restocking fee and went out of their way to find the ram, i'm assuming from their suppliers and have it shipped to me directly. it took them 2 days to get the drop ship arranged and shipped, i had the ram on the third day.
I cant say enough good things about newegg, it really sucks that they're getting dragged thru the mud on this.