It hasn’t gotten any easier to get your hands on one of the new Nvidia RTX cards due to the continuing demand for crypto mining and the overall video card and chip shortage that has been affecting the world. If you have been in the market for a new card anytime in the last few years, then you know quite well how difficult things have been, getting even worse of the last year alone.
At times, you may never even get a chance to find a listing online marked as anything other than sold out. That, or you find heavily inflated pricing thanks to the evil souls looking to scalp video cards at much higher prices. Some prices about as evil as trying to sell water to a dehydrated baby in the desert. The RTX cards are the Tickle Me Elmos of the video card market.
The situation continues to look quite stale as Nvidia announces the new RTX 3080 Ti cards. Stock rolling into stores all around the country, and yet still, it’s close to impossible to get your hands on one due to aggressive crowds and speedy bots.
Just look at the event that took place yesterday at a Microcenter in Dallas Texas in the video below (by PrestonALewis on Twitch). Four minutes into the video, buyers crowding the parking lot storm the entrance to try to claim their spot in line to enter the store and get their hands on a card. Apparently, Microcenter doesn’t train its management teams to properly handle crowds. The company is quite lucky that there weren’t any injuries (that we know of, at least).
Prices and shortages will likely continue through the end of this year and beyond until manufactures can either catch up with demand or find a better way to restrict crypto miners from being able to use to certain models so that the rest of the world could have a chance at buying something.
Until then, we will continue to face crowds like this and poor online experiences that are caused by bots and excessive traffic.