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Why? Because all of those mining farms in China, and other places, wants to recoup their investment on the GPUs. If they sell them in bulk to some shady outfit, that outfit will clean them up and put them in brand new boxes and sell them for more than they were originally bought for. So, you'll end up with a worn out card while paying 2-3 times what it's worth.Why?
My 3080ti ftw3 ultra from evga came brand new in box last week as did the 3070ti for my girls dad and now the 3080ti xc3 that my friend had me let him have off my notify's today will likley be brand new when it arrives tomorrow as well.
And that xc3 3080ti just went up on the notify system this morning.
It hasn't been hard to get a card from the get go if you were willing to put in some effort.
Day 1 3080 and day 1 3090 plus several more of the course of about 6 weeks back then for a total of 9 friends / family members with cards all without paying scalpers or turning to some expensive bot service.
These 3 recent cards are again coming within days of release because I was willing to get up at the crack if dawn and fight for a couple minutes to get a web notify page to load.
Not all my cards came from evga notify either. There for shuffle everyday and ventured out to sites like Adorama in the early days when everyone else was hitting Amazon or newegg.
Not bragging just trying to point out that if you were patient and did your due diligence it's been possible to gets cards without turning to the dark side.