Recently announced, the RTX Nvidia Graphics Card was available for order at 9 am ET. The majority of the stores had it out of stock within a few hours, and users aren’t happy. This is somewhat similar to what Sony had done yesterday. After the event, they put PlayStation 5 on pre-order without informing the users in advance. This allowed the scalpers to get a lot of PS5 and then re-sell them in the future, causing stock issues.
RTX 3080 wasn’t on pre-order, and this has caused even more issues. Scalpers who ordered the cards in huge quantities are now they are selling it on eBay for a much higher price. If you search RTX 3080 on eBay, you will see cards being sold between $1,000 and $2,500.
Nvidia acknowledged the problem and gave a statement saying “we saw unprecedented demand for the GeForce RTX 3080 at global retailers,”
This morning we saw unprecedented demand for the GeForce RTX 3080 at global retailers, including the NVIDIA online store. At 6 a.m. pacific we attempted to push the NVIDIA store live. Despite preparation, the NVIDIA store was inundated with traffic and encountered an error. We were able to resolve the issues and sales began registering normally.
To stop bots and scalpers on the NVIDIA store, we’re doing everything humanly possible, including manually reviewing orders, to get these cards in the hands of legitimate customers.