GeForce RTX 3080:
Cardboard, bots, and annoying graphics card fans – the launch of Nvidia’s new graphics flagship was anything but relaxed. A war has been raging on the internet since September 17, 2020, which is now slowly coming to an end.
Dust off as many graphics cards as possible with a bot as quickly as possible, thus generating an artificial scarcity of the product in demand and then gradually squandering the RTX 3080, which is significantly overpriced. Some eBay users hoped for quick money – but ultimately the idea turned out to be just as lucrative as the business model of the underpants from the South Park series (step 1: steal underpants, step 2: …, step 3: profit).
Three times the purchase price is not uncommon !?
While the manufacturer Nvidia offers the new graphics monster at a solid price of just under $ 700 in the Founders Edition, there are offers on eBay that charge a mere $ 2000 for their good piece. The Nvidia shop was flooded with bots in order to secure as many graphics cards as possible for resale.
Many users who were unable to get hold of a graphics card for private use as a result of this campaign were now faced with a dilemma: annoying the black and waiting for the models to be reproduced or biting the bullet (and perhaps also the edge of the table) and “a few $” Turn down more for one of the overpriced eBay advertisements. After all, the old 2080Ti is now obsolete. In order to make the decision for these people, a user posted in the Nvidia forum that he himself had written a bot to artificially increase the bids for RTX 3080 resales. Bids up to $ 20,000 (?) Are not uncommon here. His post was immortalized on Reddit:
… under the heading “The hero we need but don’t deserve”. On some platforms, images of bids of $ 90,000 and more are even floating around the web. Hardly anyone should ponder whether they really want to afford this investment – and thus play into the hands of the provider.
Rise of cardboard
… sounds like a trashy movie, but it’s actually the reaction of other users to the graphics card bottleneck. More and more advertisements appeared in which users advertised self-made “paper editions”. As a rule, these were hastily scribbled pictures of the RTX 3080, which even received bids. Are the bots behind it here too? Perhaps. One of the others will be all the more pleased to have a “scalper” (in English: “scalper”) made a few notes out of the cross with pen and paper.
What does Nvidia say about it?
Of course, Nvidia is extremely embarrassed about the whole thing. Now the company is trying to fuel the production that has been ongoing since August and this time to sell the graphics cards to the “right people”. Will they succeed? That remains open. The fact is that the developer wants to declare war on the bots. In addition, the company appeals to all customers who received nothing about the release not to accept the offers on eBay.
By the way: The initial hype and price war over the RTX 3080 seem to be slowly calming down. Apparently, some sellers have learned a lesson from their actions … or simply noticed that the graphics cards are not being ripped out of their hands at the price they had imagined. And who knows, maybe someone is sitting on a stack of graphics cards in a lonely warehouse somewhere. And a single, softly shimmering teardrops onto his empty wallet.