Jawa Verified Seller: MaharliKaps

Aiyuki of MaharliKaps along with some of her favorite caps!

Hi! Welcome back to our Featured Seller series where we interview our Jawa Verified Sellers to highlight their business and story. This week we interviewed Aiyuki of MaharliKaps who has made lots of custom keycaps including an awesome Jawa themed set! Check out her and her listings on Jawa and in the Jawa Discord.

Tell us who you are and how you would describe yourself?

My name is Aiyuki, I am an Artisan Keycap Artist Wannabe. Owner of MaharliKaps. I like games, keyboard & computers. I started making keycaps because I saw that I can’t afford them, so I made one for myself and people told me to sell them, So I did ^^

What do you do in the world of PC building or PC parts & accessories in general? 

I cannot disclose where I work but I work closely with computer hardware. I particularly love keyboards.

When did you start selling on Jawa and how did you find out about us?

07/07/2022, it’s funny cause I think July is always a good Month for me every time I start something big for myself 🙂 I found out about Jawa through Flipping Central Team.

Is this a part time gig, full time job, or hobby for you?

It’s started as a hobby, now if people love my keycaps I can consider this as part time gig and eventually be a full time job if ever that comes in time ^^

How would you describe your style when it comes to your builds(Or items)?

I’d say I like customizing and cutesy stuffs

Are you a Linus Tech Tips or Steve from GN kinda guy?

Hmm not sure, I’m not a fan of youtubers. But if you make me want to choose from either of them I’d say I like Steven from GN.

What’s your most memorable PC building/creating/ or gaming experience? 

Being a clan leader of a big clan in Last Oasis when it first launched.

What is your favorite build or part for sale on Jawa right now (yours or another seller’s)?

Hmmm. there isn’t really a favorite per say, I guess I like photos of BTB & Demonmit1

Who are some people who made a difference to you in this community (Jawa or PC gaming in general)?

All the admins Special mention to flipping central team, RobE for always buying my stuff, Deathe for suggesting the Jawa Keycap and purchasing all the time, and all the mods. 

Favorite Jawa emote?

Jawa Verified Seller: Gaming Workstations & Services

Edwin along with some of his favorite builds!

Hi! Welcome back to our Featured Seller series where we interview our Jawa Verified Sellers to highlight their business and story. Gaming Workstations and Services has had over 50 confirmed transactions on Jawa, making him one on our top sellers. You can find both him and his listings on Jawa and in the Jawa Discord.

Tell us who you are and how you would describe yourself?

My name is Edwin N. Jiménez and I own and operate Gaming Workstations & Services. I graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Automation from Bakersfield College. During my time there, I also acquired some certifications in AutoCAD, AutocadCAD Electrical and Fusion 360 which
are 2D and 3D drafting and modeling softwares. These programs showed me the harsh reality that my $350 AMD A10 HP laptop from Walmart was not up to the task.

My first PC build came as a result of this necessity:
Intel Core i7 2600K // Reference GTX 560 // OCZ 16GB 1600MHz
By the end of my academic AutoCAD career my system was as follows,
Intel core i5 7600K @5.0GHz // Sapphire Radeon RX 580 8GB // GSkill TridentZ RGB 64GB 3000Mhz

Keep in mind this was for Running AutoCAD and Fusion 360 only, I never had gaming in mind at all. Before that I would only play mobile games on my phone. By the end of college I realized that I had built a pretty powerful “workstation” that just so happened to be an excellent gaming
machine. My current workstation stands as follows: Ryzen 9 5900X // FTW3 RTX 3080 // Vengeance 32GB 3800MHz and I still use it for work with CAD and 3D rendering. Aaaand just so happens to be a really good gaming PC haha!!

What do you do in the world of PC building or PC parts in general? 

In the world of computers, I mainly focus on the budget side of gaming and workstations. I like to build custom pre-built PCs in the sub $1,500 range, though most systems I sell are $500-$1K because that’s a more reasonable price range for the average person. I find that the $600 mark is always the sweet spot for people getting their first system.

I do build high end systems, but those are usually commissions unless I find a killer deal! The most expensive PC I’ve sold is a 5950X // RTX 3090 // Corsair 32GB 4000MHz system during the height of the price craze at $5,800 for an individual that wanted 244FPS 1440p on warzone… The cheapest was definitely an Intel i5 6400T iGPU PC that was sold to a kid that just wanted to watch youtube and do his homework for $100.

When did you start selling on Jawa and how did you find out about us?

I have been a Jawa seller since December 2021 thanks to a quick ad from an OzTalksHW video! Shortly after making an account and posting on Jawa for the first time, I was approached by CEO Amanda with more information about the site and how to become a Verified seller!

Is this a part time gig, full time job, or hobby for you?

I would describe it more like a Full Time Hobby. It started as a way to make a little money to help pay for school, but it is definitely on its way to become a full time job! As time passes, this is getting more and more official for me!

How would you describe your style when it comes to your builds?

In the beginning of my PC flip venture I did not have much of a choice when it came to a theme or style. I simply kept them as clean as they could be!
In the present day, I definitely feel like my builds choose their own style. I keep a lot of parts around, and when I see a theme developing in two or more parts, I build upon that. It could either take a brand uniformity approach or a central color theme.

How do you find the buyers for your builds (if you don’t mind sharing your secrets)?
I started selling on ebay, but that did not last very long. Then moved on to posting locally to Facebook marketplace, offerup and mercari. I definitely started to offer shipping from the very beginning which really helped to
boost sales especially if you don’t live in or around a large city. Not counting local sales, I have shipped over 150 computers to date! I am lucky to live between San Francisco and Sacramento in California which really helped sell tons locally. Today most of my sales come from Instagram DM’s, Jawa and my personal site

Are you a Linus Tech Tips or Steve from GN kinda guy?

I am more of a TechYesCity kind of guy.

What’s your most memorable PC building experience? 

Some years ago, I got my hands on two identical Sapphire Vapor-X cards to replace a tired GTX 560. They are huge cards even for today’s standards. I put them together in crossfire in an i5 7600K @5.0GHz system inside a Phanteks P300 case. It was the craziest, most packed thing I had ever seen. Though I never got it to work, because the second card never worked in the first place. I think I will remember that one forever. Shortly after i got an RX 580 8GB new and sealed for $100 on offerup!!! That card later became the biggest investment of my life thanks to crypto.

What is your favorite build for sale on Jawa right now (yours or another seller’s)? This 11700 // 3070 Ti system from Demonmit1 is one of my favorites on the site at the moment. I am not a big RGB person and this build reminds me a lot of my own.

Favorite Jawa emote?

Jawa Verified Seller: ShoddyTechSupport

ShoddyTech along with some of his favorite builds!

Hi! Welcome back to our Featured Seller series where we interview our Jawa Verified Sellers to highlight their business and story. ShoddyTech Support has been one of the most active members on Jawa and especially in the discord. You can find both him and his listings on Jawa and in the Jawa Discord.

Tell us who you are and how you would describe yourself?

Blunt, weird, hyper…..just ask the wife.

What do you do in the world of PC building or PC parts in general? 

Acquire, build and sell. Lately I have been finding my self wanting to do more ‘experimental things’ for example building a PC case from scratch.

When did you start selling on Jawa and how did you find out about us?

First time stumbling across Jawa.gg was on Facebook. Joined the Discord and STALKED. I will admit I was extremely skeptical at first and when creating my account to be a seller, I emailed Jawa. CEO actually responded to the email. So I pushed through. Jawa at the time was still in Beta, and I have been around ever since.

Is this a part time gig, full time job, or hobby for you?

A mix of all of the above. 100% a hobby I purely love building PCs. If I could I would give them away. Part time is time allocated for building  . It becomes a full time with tech support and acquiring parts. I tend to bargain hunt to provide very competitive prices.

How would you describe your style when it comes to your builds?

I try to be a perfectionist. I build every PC with the intention/ idea of if it was my own. I try to do different cases and builds with all the PCs I sell. 

Are you a Linus Tech Tips or Steve from GN kinda guy?

I like to think closer to LTT kinda person. Especially with some of the projects I am doing now. For example Pfsense router/firewall, and building a PC case from scratch.

What’s your most memorable PC building experience? 

The first PC I built for myself.


GPU: XFX 580 8gb

RAM: 16GB 3200 

What is your favorite build for sale on Jawa right now (yours or another seller’s)?

This Pink build by Gaming Workstations!

Unfortunately it’s not my own but I gotta give props to whom it’s deserved.

Who are some people who made a difference to you in this community (Jawa or PC gaming in general)?

Jawa as a whole. Granted more credit go to the founding members, but the community as a whole is making a difference in PC Gaming and Hardware.

Favorite Jawa emote?

Show your Pride with Jawa! Update: Contest Closed and Winners Selected

Celebrate Pride with Jawa! We love that our community has managed to carve out an inclusive space within gaming and we will do all we can to help amplify that.

To celebrate Pride month, we are hosting the Show Your Pride RGB Showcase. Join us by posting a picture of your RGB build to help bring light to the LGBTQ+ community in gaming, and for a chance to win some fun prizes!


Congratulations to Chris Steene for winning first place and taking the Prize! second place went to @ApexAlphaLabs and third place went to @Justinmoss1998, check out their builds here and on the Jawa homepage!

If you missed out this time be sure to sign up to our email list to hear about our upcoming events!

1st place
2nd place
3rd place


Winner: Lian Li Strimers (RGB 24pin+8pin PSU cables a $110 value) and a $75 Jawa giftcard

Top 3: your builds featured on the Jawa homepage!

All entrants: two extra entries in our 3060 giveaway!

We are also offering more entries in our giveaway this month for anyone who donates to Qweerty Gamers, more info at the bottom.

How to Enter

Show your support for the LGBTQ+ community with Jawa!

  1. Make sure your Instagram profile is public! We can’t vote on it if we can’t see it.
  2. Take a photo of your PC or full setup lit up with all the colors of the rainbow.
  3. Upload it to Instagram as a post to your profile, be sure to tag @buildwithJawa in the post and use the hashtag #PridePC (example below)


We will upload the photo submissions to the Jawa Discord

You can vote on the entries between 6/22/22 and 6/24/22 in the RGB Showcase channel which will be created before voting begins.

The photo with the most :rainbow_flag emotes wins the main prize, and the top 3 will get featured on our homepage. Thanks for celebrating Pride with Jawa!

Other ways to show support

For our Giveaway this month we are giving away an RTX 3060, One of the ways to get another entry in that giveaway is to send us a receipt of your donation of any amount to Qweerty Gamers, a non-profit that champions the inclusion & visibility of LGBTQ+ representation in the gaming community.

Jawa Verified Seller: PCsbyThomas

PCs by Thomas, and three of his builds sold on Jawa

Hi! Welcome back to our Featured Seller series where we interview our Jawa Verified Sellers to highlight their business and story. Thomas has been one of the most prolific sellers on Jawa with over twenty sold systems and he currently holds the record for most expensive system sold on Jawa! You can find both him and his listings on Jawa and in the Jawa Discord where he helps out as one of our moderators.

Tell us who you are and how you would describe yourself?

I’m a 21 year old PC enthusiast who loves messing around with random hardware configurations and turned that into a business. I also have an affinity for electric cars and love making content about their features. 

What do you do in the world of PC building or PC parts in general? 

I am a small scale system integrator, who works to get good deals to pass along so other people can benefit from great discounts on computers. 

When did you start selling on Jawa and how did you find out about us?

I started selling on Jawa in November 2021. A friend introduced me to the site. 

Is this a part time gig, full time job, or hobby for you?

It is currently a part time gig, but I’d love to switch it to a full time job if it can sustain that. Although, I’m not sure I have the self motivation for that. I have a different full time job and I’m also working on expanding my Youtube portfolio. 

How would you describe your style when it comes to your builds?

I go for a simple yet elegant appearance to my builds. I love using RGB components because they can be set to whatever the user desires. I feel that some people place too much emphasis on aesthetics over performance. I tend to be performance focused at a given price point, but if clients wish for aesthetic upgrades, I’m always happy to accommodate. 

You have the record for most expensive build sold on Jawa! How do you find the buyers for your builds (if you don’t mind sharing your secrets)?

I list PCs on my facebook business page and Jawa. Over the past few years of being a business, I’ve grown a large facebook following. Not everyone is close enough for me to deliver or meet for the sale so the computer needs to get shipped. When that happens, I run all my sales through Jawa for the convenience and low fees. This allows me to reach a wider audience which I am very grateful for because without Jawa I wouldn’t have the opportunity to ship my computers across the country comfortably. 

Are you a Linus Tech Tips or Steve from GN kinda guy?

I find myself watching LTT more, but I am currently wearing merch from both of them. I’ve bought significant amounts of merch from both of them. 

What’s your most memorable PC building experience? 

I can’t single any out honestly. They all have their own little quirks and I’ve had a lot of fun building them all. 

What is your favorite build for sale on Jawa right now (yours or another seller’s)?

Project SnowWhite. I loved working with the all white components and as stated before, I don’t tend to drive deeply into aesthetics so it was fun to go the opposite route on this build.

Project SnowWhite

Who are some people who made a difference to you in the PC community?

My parents – they first had a computer built for me when I was three and helped me get many laptops through the years. They’ve helped me flourish with my online interests such as gaming or streaming and supported my business ideas. 

Favorite Jawa emote?

Building Diversity: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

By Lawrence Hu

Starting in 1992, the United States has dedicated May as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. A full 31 days are devoted to celebrating achievements, recognizing prominent individuals, and addressing the issues we face across the country.

Jawa was founded by gamers and PC builders with one mission in mind: to make PC gaming more accessible and customizable for everyone, and we couldn’t do it without such a diverse background of builders and experts.

I’ve interviewed some of the more recognizable AAPI members of the Jawa community, featuring some of the most iconic names in both PC builders and Discord community members.

Meet some of Jawa’s AAPI Builders

Bubble Tea Builds, a verified seller on Jawa.gg's hardware marketplace.

Dylan T. (aka @BubbleTeaBuilds) is a second-generation Vietnamese American.

“I’ve always wanted to have an Asian-inspired concept, and it came to me during a conversation with CEO Amanda. Bubble tea shops have started popping up, and I’ve got a lot of fond memories of going with friends. When I’m gaming on PCs, I’ve had a lot of positive memories and a lot of enjoyment. Putting those two together with an Asian background - that’s how I got BubbleTeaBuilds.”

Dylan’s favorite Asian food is Korean BBQ.

Oyako PC, a verified seller on Jawa.gg's hardware marketplace.

Jeremy C. (aka @Oyako PC) is a second-generation Taiwanese Filipino American. Oyako, or 親子, is Japanese for “parent and child” – representing the father and son team that composes Oyako PC.

“I get to introduce him to my hobby and show him the ropes. He gets to pad his allowance with a portion of our earnings. Win-win! Rest assured, I handle the fragile components and most of the building. The kiddo screws in standoffs, plugs in PSU cables, and comes up with our designs.”

Jeremy’s favorite Asian food is Taiwan Beef Noodle soup.

Photo of RobE, a verified seller on Jawa.gg's hardware marketplace.

Robert B. (aka @RobE) is a second-generation, Polish-Vietnamese American. His mother’s side of the family escaped the Vietnam war.

“Those who weren’t sponsored to leave Vietnam by the United States got put in reeducation camps. My uncle was working at one of those camps, and the rest of my family bribed the supervisors to let him work on a main road. Another one of my uncles drove by on a motorcycle, picked him up, and they were shot at as they escaped. Then, they flew to America.”

Robert’s favorite Asian food is phở.

Photo of Lawrence Hu of The Glitch Lab, a verified seller on Jawa.gg's hardware marketplace.

My name is Lawrence Hu (aka @The Glitch Lab), and I’m a second-generation Chinese American. Both of my parents are from mainland China.

Since the COVID pandemic, I’ve grown increasingly involved with activism since 2020 and took the task upon myself to feature those in our Jawa community willing to speak. Though the interviews with these very lovely AAPI gentlemen were short and sweet, I hope you’ll find their stories and perspectives as interesting as I did.

My favorite food is Sichuan beef noodle soup.

Q: How did you find out about Jawa.gg?

Robert: Yeah, I met this guy named Lawrence, also known as Blu in a server called Falcodrin. And he seemed like a pretty cool guy, he did this thing called a BluEgg Shuffle and I thought he was pretty cool. I followed him into [Jawa’s Discord] because I saw the listing in his description.

Dylan: I found out about Jawa through other flippers on a Discord server called Flipping Central. Some of them said, “Oh, I started selling [on Jawa], come check it out!” I was like, sure, why not, and started listing stuff. I thought of it as an extra platform to try shipping PCs on and I’ve stuck with it ever since.

Jeremy: I actually saw one of [Lawrence’s] listings on the Falcodrin server when I was looking for a GPU upgrade after I got back. I saw one of your builds and was like, “Hey, that’s cool. Looks like a good build.” I clicked on the link, and usually, it’s a PC Part Picker thing, but Jawa popped up. I thought, this is new. And that’s where we got started.

Lawrence: I found Jawa through a Facebook Marketplace ad, and after checking it out, decided to list every computer I had in my inventory online. No fees and a tight-knit community really sold it for me. It helps that my PCs have sold, too.

Lawrence Hu of The Glitch Lab working on building a custom gaming PC, featuring AMD's B550 chipset and Ryzen 5 5600X.
Lawrence of The Glitch Lab working on “Valentine’s Day”

Q: What got you into PC building?

Robert: I originally got into PC building because I had started on Xbox, and I’d always thought it was cringe how people would say, “PC master race”. But once I started doing it, I realized how fun it was. My mom always had new computers coming in because she works with that [in computer science], and so did my uncle. Having engineer/computer science in my blood, it’s always intrigued me. Some people might think it’s boring, too much of a hassle, but I would build under a seller for free. I love building PCs.

Jeremy: I’ve always been really big on games, and I come from a family of four brothers. All we used to play was Smash Bros, Mario Party, or any of the four-player Nintendo classics, always playing it together. PC gaming didn’t really get started for us until we went off to college because up until then it wasn’t good for split-screen. After going to college, League of Legends was my first big PC game, that’s where it started for me. The DIY thing had always been interesting, but I never started building something on my own until I moved to Japan – and it cost me three times more. The first PC I put together was a 6600K 1070 PC, and it probably cost around $2000 to put that thing together at the time, crazy to think about.

Dylan: I wanted to play with my YouTuber friend, his name is iMAV3RIQ, and I was a Twitch moderator for him for a while and wanted to get a gaming computer at some point in my life. I learned how to build one sophomore year at college, so it took me almost eight years to finally do it myself to build a PC with a scholarship I got. It was [a very generic PC], but it was really cool.

Lawrence: I don’t actually remember why I got into PCs, but I will say that I’ve been into tech ever since I knew how to read. My family was never rich, so it was either spend money on a prebuilt PC or build you own, to get the most performance for your dollar. LEGOs and robotics camps really prepped me well for it, so thanks mom and dad!

A photo of the South Vietnam flag next to the United States flag. This depicts the nationality of RobE, but is less recognizable as Vietnam's officially recognized flag is only of North Vietnam.
Robert’s family displaying the South Vietnamese and United States flags.

Q: Why is diversity important to you?

Jeremy: Strictly speaking, diversity is natural, isn’t it? Just having a whole lot of different groups, coming from different backgrounds, different skin colors, different ideas, that’s the natural course of things. It’s literally what nature defaults to, which is why we have so many species of the same animal, essentially. In humans, we might all be the same species biologically, but this is how nature expresses our diversity.

Robert: Diversity is everything. You can’t have anything “one way”. I think that having a mix of races, sexes, whatever it is, is essential to being moral and making sure that no one person is treated differently. It might seem like, “oh, diversity, they’re just doing it to say it”, but I think that a lot of people forget that people are [still] not treated equally. You look at when COVID started, who got blamed for it? People who are Americans, just because they have ties to Asia. People might take diversity and make it into some political term, but it’s a human rights issue – some people are still not being treated how they should be treated, [as] equals.

Lawrence: You’ll know how important diversity is when you’re craving a specific kind of food, whether it be Japanese or Mexican, and not being able to find it near you. Diversity gives life flavor, it’s what makes it worth living. Without it, things may be standard and predictable, but in my eyes, I’d just be bored. Diversity lets you know there’s more out there and that you’re not alone.

Dylan: Times and people are changing, and people are becoming more open-minded to things. I feel like it’s a shame that people are growing up and not being felt included in things, or feeling appreciated. There’s better appreciation and enjoyment out of life [when you have diversity], and being able to understand other people, sharing moments and memories that may be cultural, non-cultural related, and being able to connect with people better. Until recently, Asian heritage and culture hasn’t been appreciated until like, the last few years, depending on where you live.

Dave2D, a mentioned Asian American inspiration to RobE for his technology-focused review videos on YouTube
Dave2D in his “The Next Thing” video on YouTube.

Q: Any AAPI in the tech industry you look up to?

Dylan: I would say Kyle from BitWit or Danny from Nerd on Budget, those are my big two. They stay true to themselves and also represent the Asian community really well. They have great personalities, and I connect with them the most in the tech space.

Robert: Dave2D, or Dave Lee. He has some of the best made videos I’ve ever seen. And, honestly, there aren’t a lot of Asian tech YouTubers out there. You see Linus and Bitwit, but Dave Lee, he makes some good videos. And if I could be like him one day, I would.

Jeremy: There are a lot of South Asian CEOs in the tech industry, which is one of the industries where Asians are probably fairly represented, although the male-female ratio is out of whack. There are a lot of good role models for the AAPI community members in basically every single field in the tech industry. If there isn’t one at a leadership position, there’s one with a startup doing something crazy. Whoever that person is, I’m probably going to be using their app in the next five years. If I had to pick one person though, I’d say Jensen Huang.

Lawrence: Definitely Lisa Su. From when I was 12 and first started building computers, I was an Intel fanboy. Intel all the way. It wasn’t even until the Ryzen 5000 series launched until I seriously considered AMD for my CPU – 4690K, 9600K, and then, the 5900X. To be able to revolutionize AMD to the point of contending with Intel, Apple, and Nvidia at the same time, Lisa is an absolute beast.

Photo of Jeremy C's, also known as Oyako PC, son working on a custom built computer. They are a father-son duo.
Jeremy’s son – the other half of Oyako PC

Q: What’s your favorite Asian tradition?

Robert: Vietnamese New Year. We have a celebration, like food, family comes in, and everything. Instead of regular American New Years’ where you just have a party and fireworks, my family from California, who are full Vietnamese, send little red envelopes and fill them with money – with Vietnamese writing and all decorated. It’s kind of a gift-giving holiday. That’s my favorite, not just because of the money, but because I don’t get to see my family in Cali because I don’t exactly have a million dollars. It’s nice that people who I barely ever see in my life are still thinking about me every Lunar New Year.

Jeremy: Oh, it’s got to be the red envelope, Chinese New Year. That’s always the best time of the year because we got money. When I was a kid, it was the best because we just got cash, not crappy Christmas presents or anything, just straight money. Also, you know, the family got together, and we always had great food. Asian people always know how to throw parties with great food. Any time, not just Chinese New Year, we had a family gathering was great. But the money was probably the highlight, which shows a bit of my personality, but cash is great.

Dylan: I would say Chinese New Year’s festivals. You’re supporting local families and the church. Where I come from, Catholicism is very important for Vietnamese families. So, you’re hanging out with other people’s families and getting really good food, having a really good time.

Lawrence: Everyone here has said some variation of the Lunar New Year, but I would have to just say that the tradition of having huge family meals where everyone’s sharing dishes, having drinks, and chatting at full volume – that’s my favorite. And it’s nice that Lunar New Year just so happens to have a lot of that. Growing up in the Midwest, I’ve felt extremely isolated from my Asian roots, so gatherings like these really make me feel at home.

A photo of two Asian protesters at a rally, masked. They are holding up colorful signs that say, "protect Asian lives" and "stop Asian hate". By Jason Leung on Unsplash.
Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

Q: What should be discussed more, regarding the AAPI community?

Lawrence: Honestly, I think we should just discuss, more. Letting AAPI voices be heard is not only healing but also greatly collaborative. We need to know that we’re not alone, not going through hell on our own. I’d like to thank Amanda at Jawa for letting me highlight AAPI voices in our community and for an undivided chance to speak. “Keeping our heads down” has gotten us this far, but it’s time for a change and to establish ourselves as rightful Americans. It’s awesome that, even in our little corner of the internet, people are willing to give us a chance – all I needed to do was ask.

Robert: The thing that bugs me the most, I just hope Asians get the credit they deserve. The opportunities should be presented to us just the same as anybody else. You hear about that lawsuit that’s going on with these colleges saying they’re denying Asians because they score higher than most people. True or not, there is some level of discrimination against Asians in terms of opportunities given. I would hope to see us treated as equals. I feel like people think that just because we’re Asian, it’s okay to be racist or to treat us differently, rather than if we were any other type of minority. Not that it’s okay to do, I’m saying that I would like everyone to be treated with respect, not just everybody except Asians.

Jeremy: When people think of the AAPI community, they basically think of Chinese, light-skinned Asian, most likely a man. There’s a lot more to it than that, and again, coming from having a Pilipino side of the family as well, I really understand that there are two sides of the AAPI community. One [side is] very successful in the US as a result of immigration practices which encouraged people with high incomes and education to come to the US from select countries, but there’s also the other side where a lot of South/Southeast Asian immigrants that aren’t benefiting from the model minority myth that a lot of American people seem to believe. That’s because people see Chinese doctors, engineers, lawyers, etc, and say the group as a whole is successful and doesn’t need any help, but that’s really far from the truth.

Dylan: I feel like, with Asian Americans, it’s associated with us that we get [higher degrees of] education. Maybe we could try steering away from that. For some people, they might feel alienated because they might just not be interested in furthering their education and working, maybe something they do best doesn’t require an education. I feel like we should try to tear down the older generational mindset and keep an open mind for Asian Americans and their career opportunities.

A photo of rainy, overcast Chinatown. By Richard Tao on Unsplash.
Photo by Richard Tao on Unsplash

As we enter the final week of 2022’s AAPI Heritage Month, I’d just like to thank everyone for reading and listening to our community members’ words.

These last few years were anything but easy for us in the AAPI community. As we fight back against discrimination, we rely on the support of our allies to gain the traction we’ve desperately needed for decades.

We hope that this is just a starter in the larger conversation on race that should be happening every day, breaking down walls and building up positive relationships. These are some questions that you can ask those in the AAPI community that you know. Who knows where that could take you?

Note from Amanda, CEO of Jawa:

I’m so grateful to Lawrence for highlighting some of our AAPI builders! If you’d like to show your support, the best way is to shop their stores and help grow their businesses!

If you are interested in supporting organizations elevating the AAPI community and helping to stop the concerningly fast-growing number of anti-Asian hate crimes, we encourage you to donate to the following organizations:

Oyako PC is offering triple discounts on his builds for donations to these organizations or a local AAPI culture/service organization of your choice, and Jawa will be matching those donations up to $500 for the rest of AAPI heritage month.

Jawa Verified Seller: Cypress Gaming PC

Jason, aka Cypress Gaming PC, and three of his builds sold on Jawa

Hi! Welcome back to our Featured Seller series where we interview our Jawa Verified Sellers to highlight their business and story. It’s crazy that Jason at Cypress Gaming PC just joined Jawa this month, but has come in strong, already selling 8 builds on Jawa! He’s clearly no stranger to the biz and industry – he runs his own gaming podcast, is a mod for our good friend Nerd on a Budget, and you can find him in our discord regularly.

Tell us a bit about you! How would you describe yourself?

I surely describe myself as a kid at heart – I love gaming and technology. The idea that a computer can open up an endless realm for people to play, work, and connect with others is amazing to me. What a bargain to a realm of endless possibilities.

I’ve been gaming since I was a kid, and I want to bring those good memories to everyone I serve now, either with selling them a budget gaming PC, or talking about games with friends on our gaming podcast.

What do you do in the world of PC building or PC parts in general?

I mostly acquire gently used PC parts from my local market and sell them to others at a bargain – you’d be amazed at how far a PC can go even when it doesn’t cost $3000. I love talking with my customers and seeing their setups after they get the PC home – bringing people from console to PC is so much fun!

When did you start selling on Jawa and how did you find out about us?

I recently did a podcast with Danny over from Nerd on a Budget, and he led us toward Jawa as a place to sell/buy online without all the crazy fees. I’ve previously sold on r/hardwareswap and eBay, but have been mildly frustrated with both of them for different reasons. Jawa has been great so far and the community is very helpful.

Is this a part time gig, full time job, or hobby for you?

This is just part time for now – I work full time in Technology as a System Administrator. I’d love to focus full time on selling computers to the gaming community in the future though.

How would you describe your style when it comes to your builds?

Price to performance. I’m not too good at making really sick looking builds that end up on r/battlestations, but I love making affordable computers that still look nice and simple.

Are you a Linus Tech Tips or Steve from GN kinda guy?

I love both of these content creators for sure, but you can only watch so many videos of a smart man explaining why a power supply is horrible for 30 minutes to you…

What’s your most memorable PC building experience?

A lot of my local clients are teenagers – and they love making the move from console to PC. They will be happy with their rigs and then text me pictures of their desk and how much they love it. Then I’ll get a text from their friend who is jealous and now THEY want a computer! The chain continues until I’ve helped out the entire friend group. So much fun.

What is your favorite build for sale on Jawa right now (yours or another seller’s)?

My “Mewtwo” build is certainly my first attempt at a work of art. I have a degree in Film Production, so I tried to use what I learned there in that build. The reception has been great! (sorry y’all…the build has since been sold…but def message him if you want a similar one!)

Who are some people who made a difference to you in this community (Jawa or PC gaming in general)?

Nerd on a Budget has such a great message – PC gaming doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Being smart with your finances, and upgrading only when it is feasible to you (not when your favorite content creator says you should) is really responsible. Danny has done a great service to the Jawa community and Tech YouTube as a whole.

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Want to stay in touch with Jason?

Check out Cypress Gaming PC‘s store on Jawa, listen to his gaming culture and lifestyle podcast, subscribe to his YT channel, and follow him on Instagram to see his latest builds!

Jawa is here to help!

Like most in the PC building community, we’ve been aware of the apparent collapse at Artesian Builds (as detailed pretty comprehensively in PC Gamer). Obviously, it’s a disaster for the employees, streamers and others who relied on the company. And it’s bad news for everyone in PC building – as a community, we are all affected by this kind of fall out. 

But we’re not here to talk about what went wrong. We’re here to help.

If you are affected by Artesian – if you worked for the company, if you were looking to them as a streamer for promos, if you were counting on getting an order from them, if you were building for them, whatever it may be  – contact me at Amanda@jawa.gg to see if there’s some way we can work together. 

We need to grow our company and get our message in front of more builders and gamers. We’re looking for ways to work with streamers, builders, sellers and others – which means we might have opportunities that could help you if you’ve found yourself in a tough spot. 

There’s a number of possibilities of that could make sense. Write me and we can talk. Let’s see if there’s some way we can work together.

7/21/21 Jawa Beta Technical Update: Bug fixes and improvements we’re making

Hello! Thank you for being one of our early users and helping us build the site. Like a great game in early access (hopefully!), we want your feedback to improve. The below may seem like a lot of information, but we want to be as transparent as possible with Jawa! This is how we start.

As a reminder, the quickest way to get in touch and share your feedback is by joining our Discord.

A note on timing: some of the below changes will be done in a few days, some in a few months. I’ll be posting weekly blogs with updates on what’s been fixed so you’re as close to this as we are. 

Biggest user feedback:

  1. Fix messaging, you fools!

We have a messaging system in Jawa but we are hearing that it is way too confusing to be useful. Here’s what we’re doing to fix that:

  1. Buyers should now receive notification alerts on Jawa (yeah…that was an oversight. Our bad!)
  2. Adding email alerts to buyers and sellers when you have a message on Jawa
  3. Combining the product listing and buyer inbox. There is no reason to have two different locations for messages

2. Payment. We’re making this better.

We have heard good things about Stripe, but know that the onboarding process is extensive. Here’s what we’re doing:

  1. We are moving the Stripe onboarding process to later in the user experience. Only when you sell a product and want to collect your money will you have to set up your Stripe account
  2. We’ve heard you want to see some other payment options. We agree, but this will probably be a medium-term addition we tackle in a few months. Bear with us! We’ll get there.

3. Shipping. We’re shipping these problems to hell!

Lots of improvements coming here:

  1. Buyers will be able to get estimated shipping price based on their location and the seller’s location from the product listing page (and you will no longer need to enter the shipping price before knowing where you are shipping to….phew)
  2. We are integrating with Shippo, so that sellers will be able to print shipping labels from home, and buyers can see the status of their order within Jawa

3. Design. It’s a work in progress

Thanks for giving us a heads up on design bugs! Here’s our list of fixes:

  1. We added a Jawa Verified Seller badge, but we know it’s impacted some formatting on the search page
  2. Seller profile pages look different when you are editing them vs when they are published
  3. Product listing pages need better formatting for images, you should also be able to drag and drop images into the listing
  4. I do want to point out that we’ve gotten a lot of love for having the specs autopopulate as you are adding listings 🙂 

5. Unsexy Stuff

  1. We found out that many of our order confirmation emails are being routed to spam 😦
  2. We need to change to Firebase image preprocessing to help images load faster

Anything I missed? Please let us know! We are learning so much from the Beta test and are SO GRATEFUL that you are joining us on our journey to build you an amazing marketplace and community of PC enthusiasts.  

Happy building,

Jawa Amanda

Welcome to Jawa

Hi! We’re thrilled to introduce you to the Jawa community. We’re here because we want to build a better marketplace for PC enthusiasts. We’re sick of scalpers, we’re wary of scammers, and we want a home that celebrates the art and craft of PC building. 

We’ve distilled our reason for being into three simple goals. If we stick to these, we know we can build a great future with you. 

  • A community where every PC enthusiast can find the parts that they need and the resources to help them on their journey.
  • A marketplace built on real gamers’ feedback and experiences, with buyers and sellers who believe that community should be healthy, not predatory.
  • A resource to learn more about optimizing what you have, how your parts work together, and help newbies navigate the complications of their first build. 

After months of hard work, our beta is underway and we’d love for you to join it. As an early user, you can help us inform what Jawa will become. You can also Join the >1000 of Jawas on our Discord

Happy building!

Jawa CEO