Scalpers are selling RTX 3080 cards on eBay for thousands of dollars, Nvidia taking action

TheBigFatClown

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It comes down to the argument of whether pure capitalism is "good" or "bad"... there is no "right" answer...

By the laws of supply and demand, there is NO price that should be illegal - if something is priced incorrectly, it simply won't sell... But there are those who argue this system benefits the wealthy (they can simply afford to pay more for something in order to get it first) and therefore isn't "fair".

Where you land in the argument usually depends on how rich you are... the wealthy tend to side with "capitalism" where the "working class" tend to find it unfair...
But getting it first isn't a really big deal. At least, not for me personally. I wanted to buy an SSD for years before I actually did due to pricing.

The argument sounds like wealthy people should have to live their lives just like poor people or less rich people. I'm not rich but I do realize that with wealth comes a few privileges not everyone gets.

And for context, were talking about products that are for fun, not required to live life. Necessities would fall into a different category.
 

Squid Surprise

Posts: 3,555   +2,448
But getting it first isn't a really big deal. At least, not for me personally. I wanted to buy an SSD for years before I actually did due to pricing.

The argument sounds like wealthy people should have to live their lives just like poor people or less rich people. I'm not rich but I do realize that with wealth comes a few privileges not everyone gets.

And for context, were talking about products that are for fun, not required to live life. Necessities would fall into a different category.
Well that's the thing... for some people, getting it first IS a big deal. Especially if they make their living doing unboxing videos or reviews.... So having them pay a bit extra in order to be "first" can be justified.

Where the argument becomes dicier is when you have universal healthcare - but rich people can afford to get their heart transplant "now" instead of waiting a few months...
 

Bamda

Posts: 155   +62
Nvidia did nothing to help its customers in this situation. They under-delivered the number of cards needed to sell. They provided no solutions to help deal with the bots and scalpers that exist. Nvidia just let the disastrously mishandled situation happen and did not care what the results were. But hey, they made a decent card that everyone wants, but who cares if they just **** on its base, they welcome the abuse as long as the cards are good. LOL
 

treetops

Posts: 3,065   +784
I am very disappointed with both Best Buy and micro Center.

One of the microcenters that I got a 3080 card from was giving out vouchers and that is the way it should’ve been done in the first place.

However in order to avoid social distancing line what they should have been doing was taking pre-orders.

The problem is they didn’t take pre-orders because they had no idea exactly how many cards were going to come in on the shipments or when the shipments were going to come in. Either the stores should have presold vouchers to first come-first serve or what they should have done was waited until these cars actually we’re on hand before advertising them.

I have only camped out for one product in my wife: iPhone 6 Plus. That campout turned into a disaster by morning but I still waited in line and I still manage to walk away with exactly what I want: two iPhone 6 Plus 128 GB. That was the year that there were a number of Chinese scalpers sending the phones back to China in which case the PRC government confiscated those phones. Since then Apple has done their best to take pre-orders in order to avoid creating lines which could be a target for terrorist attacks (according to Apple)… And now that we have problems with coronavirus and social distancing we should never be forced to line up for anything like this again.
Show proof?
 

captaincranky

Posts: 16,209   +4,970
Well that's the thing... for some people, getting it first IS a big deal. Especially if they make their living doing unboxing videos or reviews.... So having them pay a bit extra in order to be "first" can be justified.
The concept that you can make a living taking things out of boxes, is cringe-worthy in and of itself.

I've run into some of those in relation to musical instruments, (mostly guitars), and clicked away in less than a minute.

Maybe it's my fault, for not having the mental stamina to endure them. :confused:
 
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