Nvidia loses control of its own products - RTX 3060 GPUs appear at second-hand retailers before their official release
These GPUs were for sale for over $1,000
Published: 22nd February 2021 | Source: Videocardz |
Nvidia loses control - RTX 3060 GPUs appear at second-hand retailers before their official release
On the Belarusian, second-hand marketplace Onliner (via Vidoecardz), several RTX 3060 Eagle OC graphics cards from Gigabyte have appeared, days before the graphics card's official release and at a price that is well above the GPU's MSRP. At a sale price of 28000 BYN, these GPUs were available for over $1,000 US.
These GPUs appearing at second-hand retailers before launch represents a tremendous failure for Nvidia and their AIB partners. These companies were unable to prevent these GPUs from being sold before their long before their official release date, and the pre-release sell-off was in large enough quantities that buyers had enough to sell off their extras.
The seller of these graphics cards was either a cryptocurrency miner who disliked Nvidia's Ethereum mining mitigations or a scalper who already planned to resell these GPUs for profit. We hope Nvidia and Gigabyte track these graphics cards and punish those who allowed them to be sold early. These graphics cards were sold before launch, breaking sales agreements while denying gamers the opportunity to purchase them at MSRP prices.
With pre-launch sales, an ineffective crypto-currency mining limiter (as it only works on Ethereum) and launch pricing that will likely be well above MSRP, Nvidia's RTX 3060 launch will likely be remembered as one of Nvidia's worst. Don't expect retail stocks to last for long on February 25th, as it looks like a lot of these GPUs have already been sold...
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