Not only did the pre-orders for the PS5 lead to chaos, anyone who wanted one of the new Geforce 3080 graphics cards also had to be extremely lucky. Scalpers bought up almost the entire contingent in less than two seconds. Nvidia will now check the orders manually.
Orders for limited products are becoming more and more of a nuisance for customers. Because often they have no chance at all to place an order. This is because so-called scalpers work with bots, which buy copies as quickly as no one can react, in order to then resell the products at exorbitant prices. This is particularly evident at the moment with the PS5 and Nvidia's Geforce 3080.
Nvidia versus scalpers
As soon as the orders for the new graphics card started, it was basically no longer possible to get a copy. The entire contingent was gone within 1.2 seconds. Almost all graphics cards went to scalpers who worked with bots. Very few real customers were lucky enough to secure a copy. Geforce 3080 graphics cards are now being offered at exorbitant prices on Ebay – similar to the Playstation 5.
Nvidia has now announced that it will take action and check all orders by hand: "To stop bots and scalpers in the Nvidia business, we're doing everything humanly possible, including manually checking orders, to get these cards into the hands of legitimate customers. We apologize to our customers for this morning's experience. "
So it may well be that orders for the 3080 will be possible again when Nvidia cancels purchases of scalpers. It is not clear whether these will strike again and create a vicious circle of scalper orders and Nvidia cancellations. In any case, Nvidia wants to do everything possible to ensure that only real customers get a graphics card. In addition, more copies of the graphics card should generally be available in the coming days.
In the meantime, gamers are cracking down on scalpers themselves, like the website PCGamer reported. They create loads of fake offers at extreme prices with self-drawn pictures of the graphics card. In the description they point out that it is not a real offer and nobody should buy from scalpers. With these listings, the players "push" the offers of the scalpers back and forth and draw attention to the situation.
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