RTX 3080 resellers are trying to up the bid prices to $90,000

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Sep 18, 2020 10:00 AM

Yesterday was the official launch date of Nvidia’s latest RTX 3080 cards, and oh boy was it a palooza. Not only did sites sell out ridiculously fast (apparently as quick as 5 seconds in some cases), but it turns out that a lot of those purchases were resellers (or ‘scalpers’ if you don’t want to give them a professional name), and some of them are attempting to increase the bid prices on Ebay up to $90,000.

Currently, the top listing on Ebay in the UK is sitting at a cool £65,900 which roughly translates to around $86,000. That’s a pretty astonishing amount of money to pay for a brand new GPU, but what’s worse is that if you look at the bid history you will see a large portion of the bids come from the same accounts, and what makes this even more obvious that they’re arbitrarily jacking up the price is that they’re only bidding with themselves.

One account goes from a bid of £12,000 ($16,000) up to £50,000 ($65,000) all in the space of a minute for a total of 24 different bids, without anybody competing against them.

So unfortunately, if you weren’t able to get your hands on an RTX 3080 it’s probably because of these kinds of people. I don’t know who would pay $90,000 for a single RTX 3080 GPU, but I feel like if you’re paying that much for a product already, at least make the postage free.

Nvidia is currently doing everything it can to prevent these scalpers from nabbing the new card, and are working hard to get more and more cards shipped to retailers for more stock. So if you weren’t able to get your own card, maybe wait a bit before forking over $90,000.

What do you think? Did you try and grab yourself an RTX 3080? Were you successful? Have you seen any other crazy bids online for a new RTX 3080? Let us know!

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17:38 Sep-18-2020

While a great joke, I was on the Nvidia forums yesterday and no, this has nothing to do with real bids. It's a guy who was salty like the rest of us, sick of the botting scum scalpers and so he made a bot that creates ebay accounts and bids crazy amounts with no intention to pay.
That's all it is.


The original forum post seems to no longer exist, but here's a screenshot I took

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19:32 Sep-18-2020

Wow. Real heroes don't wear capes

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21:50 Sep-18-2020

Yeah im surprised that so few people know this

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17:20 Sep-18-2020

Did you try to buy yourself an RTX 3080? Yes - 14; No 166
Were you successful? Yes - 12; No 92


So from 14 people that tried buying it, 12 were successful and 92 weren't, interesting.

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20:35 Sep-18-2020

Wot ain't that word for doin fings wiv numbers not yur strongest point or summin?
Or don't us reed proper.
Or maybe the bots have infected GD.

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17:05 Sep-18-2020

I read earlier someone admitting they made a bot to bid on these cards to jack the prices up so high the scalpers won't be able to sell them.

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15:59 Sep-18-2020

Ebay does not force you to buy when you win a bid
It’s just people trolling scalpers

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17:39 Sep-18-2020

Maybe some people, but there's also THIS

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15:09 Sep-18-2020

damn all of a sudden those new 2080ti's recent users seem to have saved up tons of money

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14:16 Sep-18-2020

Would I pay 90000 USD for an RTX 3080? If USD stood for Used Stinky Diapers, sure why not?

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17:21 Sep-18-2020

Honestly getting that many diapers seems harder than getting that many $ lol

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20:26 Sep-18-2020

Just raid the local hospital waste. I reckon a weeks worth of incontinent old folks and babies will fill that quota. You definitely would want someone else to transport it though.

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17:27 Sep-19-2020

but you'd need to store them somewhere as well, like imagine how much space that would take

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13:54 Sep-18-2020

People who tried to buy a card "10" people who were sucessful/unsuccessful "66" yeah that makes sense.
Anyways, I wanna buy a 3080 or 3090, but knowing Nvidias shady sales tactics they'll be sold at ridiculously inflated prices for months to come.

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13:09 Sep-18-2020

Did You try buying an RTx 3080? No
Were successful? in what? NOT buying an RTX 3080? in that case yes I was successful
Would you pay 90k for an RT 3080? I'd like to slap the seller 90k times.

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13:10 Sep-18-2020

Love the last part.

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13:05 Sep-18-2020

You guys realize that all those "bids" are people trolling the scalpers right? Ebay bids are not binding and they don't really end up buying it for that price.

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13:11 Sep-18-2020

I wouldn't be surprised if some rich kid, ends up using their parents credit card to buy one of em.


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13:02 Sep-18-2020

I bet the people who voted for "I'm already saving up" did it for the lolz.

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13:03 Sep-18-2020

I bet Xquatro is doing it.

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13:09 Sep-18-2020

Wouldn't know.
He did post a few pictures about the topic in GD's Discord tho, so who knows.

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13:21 Sep-18-2020

lol, no he saving up for 2x 3090

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17:40 Sep-18-2020

"saving up" they say...

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23:49 Sep-18-2020

Potato potato

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15:21 Sep-19-2020

would the 3090 even be an upgrade for you?

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04:53 Sep-20-2020

Yes...and no. There are not a lot of modern SLI titles, so the 3090 would allow me a much better general experience, while it might not be quite up to scratch when compared to 2x 2080Ti in a well-scaling SLI title. For work purposes (CUDA-based rendering, AI, etc) - hell yes + the massive framebuffer for larger scenes and higher resolutions!
So, overall - yes. In some niche cases - not so much.

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12:44 Sep-18-2020

Bots are being used to jack up the bids and then not pay when the bidding is over

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12:08 Sep-18-2020

90k for a single card?

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13:03 Sep-18-2020

The age of idiocy basically.

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12:04 Sep-18-2020

Scalpers are a cancer to society.

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12:13 Sep-18-2020

scalpers and Ebay are cancer to society.

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13:04 Sep-18-2020

A lot of em are usually around the stock market, where they make a lot more money than with GPU's.

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11:26 Sep-18-2020

These Are Counter Bots Inflating Prices For The C*nts That Bought All the Stock to resell Only Works On the Bids Tho Inflate The PRices by Making 30K 20K bids And Not Paying Them ?? thumbup heres a pic https://img-9gag-fun.9cache.com/photo/a3wW6b7_460swp.webp

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11:04 Sep-18-2020

what is this? am I buying a Lamborghini?

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10:39 Sep-18-2020

Pfff if you are gonna pay 700 might aswell pay 90k. Just a little difference. Seriously though the no preorders thing was a stupid thing to do. All it did was help the bots and scalpers.

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10:24 Sep-18-2020

is this 66 000 or 66?

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10:20 Sep-18-2020

On Twitter, a guy said that he made a bot to place automatic bids on eBay to screw scalpers. Maybe it's because of... or more thanks to him ?!

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10:26 Sep-18-2020

It kind of shows bids being broken as a concept then. You shouldn't be able to bid without a valid credit card with enough money for the bid on it? If it works that way already, sorry, I did not research, but just saying lol.

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