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Rampant bot script swiped dozens of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080s before customers could get to them

NVIDIA’s been facing a major supply shortage after the launch of its Ampere GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. While enthusiastic early adopters are one thing, it appears that aggressive resellers and scalpers are resorting to unscrupulous practices to get their claws on GeForce RTX 3080 units before genuine customer can, in an effort to drive prices up.

A tweet from one of the resellers.

Recently, reports indicate that a bot appears to have helped resellers buy dozens of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 units per person, straight from the NVIDIA website before stock ran out.

The eBay listings for the RX 3080

One reseller took to Twitter to thank Bounce Alerts, a subscription service that provides access to bots, showcasing their inbox with 42 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 purchase confirmation emails. Bounce Alerts cheekily stated that “Like NVIDIA, we’re also a high demand product.”

The ethics of reselling aside, it looks like scalpers and bots might make getting hold of a GeForce RTX 3080 harder than ever.

Arjun

Penguin-published author, and journalist. Loves PC hardware but has terrible hand-eye coordination. Most likely to be found playing Total War or watching weird Russian sitcoms.
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