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urbanman2004

Posts: 160   +55
Why do folks make it sound like it's so difficult to have self-control/discipline? A gaming card shouldn't have to be a priority. I rather wait when the smoke clears and the dust settles. Unless there's some crypto mining crisis upon us in the near future then I'm sure that stock will eventually level out to where it meets or exceeds demand.
 

DrSuess

Posts: 81   +42
Why do folks make it sound like it's so difficult to have self-control/discipline? A gaming card shouldn't have to be a priority. I rather wait when the smoke clears and the dust settles. Unless there's some crypto mining crisis upon us in the near future then I'm sure that stock will eventually level out to where it meets or exceeds demand.
In normal times that might be true but these aren't normal times. Gaming has exploded because people can't get out and do things that would get them out of the house. So I could see some people obsessing getting a new card as it is their only outlet for entertainment.

I have made half hearted attempts at buying a 3090 but its more like if I find one I'll buy one, but I am not willing to overpay or religiously check a website everyday to get one.
 

urbanman2004

Posts: 160   +55
In normal times that might be true but these aren't normal times. Gaming has exploded because people can't get out and do things that would get them out of the house. So I could see some people obsessing getting a new card as it is their only outlet for entertainment.

I have made half hearted attempts at buying a 3090 but its more like if I find one I'll buy one, but I am not willing to overpay or religiously check a website everyday to get one.
I can agree w/ your sentiment. Luckily, I own a 1080Ti which is a decent enough gaming card so I can avoid obsessing over upgrading anytime soon. As much as I would like a 3080, more than likely my next purchase will be a 6800XT.
 

StrikerRocket

Posts: 67   +36
You'd think people could just WAIT till the production is able to catch up to the demand and stores are in stock again?

What really sold out these cards on launch day wasn't the scalpers. It's the Social Media hype.

I bought the 3080 XC3, 3090FE and 3070FE just so I could make Youtube videos about them.

I seriously doubt anyone is playing games that absolutely demanded they upgrade.

I seriously doubt that the majority of buyers are so seriously dead set on getting Doom to 300FPS.

The combination of Social Media hype, Social Media braggadocio and Scalping did this.

Last time: it was cryptocurrency.

I sure will (wait), as I *always* do anyway... even more in this situation!
 

QuantumPhysics

Posts: 4,701   +5,102
I sure will (wait), as I *always* do anyway... even more in this situation!


I told my aunt - who waited till post-PS5 release to call me asking about one - that if she wanted a PS5 I could get it for her for $1000 Buy it Now on Ebay.

That slowed her down a bit.

I also explained to her that if she waited the cost would increase until it became impossible to find at anything less than $2000.

She's making over 6 figures salary and $1000 is a sneeze for her. She can pay double, but she will hold out, probably until exhausting all other options.

When you've got a credit card, just buy it and pay it back. Yeah you get ripped off for double the price, but you have it.

I got the 3080XC3 on release day for MSRP.

The scalpers on Ebay have 3080 prices so high they compete with the 3090 prices. Might as well go to the 3090 instead.

No one has to know you got ripped off.
 

Endymio

Posts: 1,334   +1,216
When you've got a credit card, just buy it and pay it back. Yeah you get ripped off for double the price, but you have it.
In earlier posts, you were counseling against paying the scalpers 50% markup -- but you're willing to pay double the price in interest payments? 🙄
 

Mr Majestyk

Posts: 673   +582
The whole Nvidia line-up is basically being refreshed in Q1, so they are dud buy. RDNA2 is their worst nightmare come true.
 

Avro Arrow

Posts: 1,107   +1,234
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Is a bit scary.Three years ago when the big shortage was at it's height I despaired.
Those lazy cards were lazy then but even lazier now just sitting there!
I remember those days... I had twin Gigabyte HD 7970s but games didn't support Crossfire anymore so I really only had one HD 7970 that I could use. What happened to me was something that I never expected and still don't understand...

It was late 2016, a time when seemingly every card on the market was horribly overpriced because they were. I was despairing because all I had to use that was compatible with modern games was a single HD 7970. Sure, it could play them but not at the settings that I was used to. I've never been one to play at near-potato settings and I had a brand-new 4K display that I wanted to try out. I was looking at paying over $700CAD for something that was more potent than the RX 480 (GTX 1070) and I wasn't about to do that because I knew that the prices were artificially inflated by the mining craze.

One night I decided to just browse the etailers to see what was out there and happened upon a listing for brand-new Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Nitro+ OC for $335. I was absolutely stunned! I hadn't seen the R9 Fury for sale anywhere in almost a year so how did the highest-rated model of the R9 Fury suddenly appear on newegg with lots of stock for such a low price? This was a time when all other video cards were overpriced to the moon but this listing said "Brand-New with full warranty in retail packaging"! Where did these come from and why were they suddenly being sold NOW at prices so low? It made ZERO sense and I wasn't ready to trust it because it seemed too good to be true and so I spent hours reading reviews on it.

The reviews told me that I could expect the R9 Fury to perform pretty close to the GTX 1070 (which was DOUBLE the price). This was an absolute miracle that I never saw coming. The closest card to it performance-wise was the GTX 1070 which, as I said, was more than double the price. I ended up pulling the trigger on it and didn't get much sleep that night because I couldn't believe what had just happened. I received the card as advertised and it worked great. To this day, I have no idea why newegg sold that card for so cheap when they could easily have made it $500 and still sold them out.
Greg Salazar did a video about it:
To this day, I still don't understand why newegg was content to sell that card for s
 
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