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Cape Town Console Repair Warning

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As any of you with out of warranty faulty PS3’s are no doubt aware, the official channels for repair through Partserve aren’t exactly affordable – It costs R2200. The reason for this is they swop the console out, instead of actually repairing it.

This has lead many to seek alternative, more affordable sources for repair – most of which offer a “quick fix” reflow with a heat gun. These are rather temporary solutions and really should be avoided. If you’re a Cape-Town based PS3 owner seeking out of warranty repairs, you have more to be wary about.

PS3za forumites are reporting that a company by the name of GSM solutions, operated by a Desmond Leon Geduldt, with an eyebrow-raising alias of Desmond Dodgen has been offering PS3 repairs – many of which have gone horribly, horribly awry. The problems seem to start with him taking the consoles away for repair, happily taking his victim’s customers’ money and then simply failing to return the consoles – and quite frankly, that’s just not cricket.

Worse, some customers have had their machines returned in even worse condition, with recycled parts from other people’s consoles. Apparently, he’s even been selling consoles booked in to him for repair as 2nd-hand units to other people. Furthering his exemplary display of shady business tactics, response from Dodgen was only garnered through very real threats of litigation.

Frighteningly, it seems as if his apparent cons and scams are nationalising. Reports (via Hello Peter) reveal that he allegedly conned a Johannesburg man out of a large sum of cash in a computer deal gone bad.

I don’t want to point accusatory fingers at anyone, but the evidence really is stacked against his favour. The affected PS3za users are spearheading a campaign of sorts to bring some sort of justice to those who’ve been taken in. If you’ve been swindled by GSM solutions, join the crusade over at PS3za.

[Thanks to onelargeprawn for the tip]

Last Updated: June 23, 2010


  1. Q121

    June 23, 2010 at 12:53

    Aggg Nee… Giving the Capies a bad name .



  2. RSA-Ace

    June 23, 2010 at 13:19

    I just read the whole forum topic. It’s crazy what people think they can get away with. I really hope everyone actually does take this to court. He must have ripped of so many people…


  3. WitWolfyZA

    June 23, 2010 at 13:35

    sigh….. corruption, why would someone do something like this?


  4. Uncle

    June 23, 2010 at 14:34

    @ Wolfy – Money!

    You just have to be really careful with who you trust and always get references from other people.


  5. Al360rulz

    June 23, 2010 at 15:07

    yeah thanks for the post lazy nice to know someone cares about me sob sob :cwy: :cwy: lol
    hope they roll him slowly over hot coals


  6. Adolph

    June 23, 2010 at 16:10

    Oh Desmond, you filthy piece of human scum. I hope you get viciously raped by an orang-utan.


  7. WitWolfyZA

    June 23, 2010 at 21:57

    We better be careful this guy might be a division of the ANC lol


  8. Troll

    August 2, 2010 at 10:06

    So where do I go if my Playstation goes nuts?
    All I see is the flashing red light of death.
    I’ve tried cleaning it (which worked before) but wasn’t successful.

    Any help would be awesome.



    September 21, 2010 at 10:02

    Careful what you wish for. You might just lose your life. Die nommer kom duidelik. Jou ma se poes.


  10. Gavin Mannion

    September 21, 2010 at 11:00

    Well done for bringing this article back to life with baseless threats…


  11. Computer Repair Geek

    October 7, 2010 at 07:07

    Thanks for the info, clear and helpfull 🙂


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