We’ve all been struggling to buy a new GeForce RTX 3080. The price is right, but the availability seems…fleeting. And you’re not wrong to think that it is. On a half-dozen occasions over the past week I’ve failed to purchase the $700 GPU even while sitting right on my desktop as soon as stock was available.
And I’m not the only one.
Scalpers — people only buying high-demand products to resell them for a higher price for profit — are using tech to their advantage. Scalper bots purchase available units the nanosecond anything is available. And not just one unit, they buy every unit. That’s because these bots can easily reproduce new user accounts and spawn credit card numbers that are legitimate, all for the sake of reselling.
NVIDIA today admitted that the company’s own online store fell prey to such tactics, and has cancelled hundreds of Founders Edition RTX 3080 orders. As Tom’s Hardware notes, arrogant scalpers posted screenshots of their hundreds of orders. I’m glad their arrogance breeds stupidity.
You can use bots to your advantage. In fact, I’d go so far as to say a bot to auto-buy one unit for you is very smart. The BotRTX twitter handle is one, and the NowInStock.net Telegram bot is another. Neither will guarantee a purchase, but it’ll give you advance warning that yes, there are RTX 3080s available, and now’s the time to click a link and make a purchase.