EVGA has joined the battle between retailers and scalpers with "bots" in the attempt to get the coveted Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, one of the best graphics cards, into gamers' hands.
The company tweeted on Wednesday that it will begin manually checking every orders of its own custom RTX 3080s and that "any orders that are taken from 'bots' will be rejected."
Important note: We are hand reviewing all EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 orders, any orders that are taken from "bots" will be rejected.September 21, 2020
EVGA is joining the ranks of Nvidia itself, which is manually reviewing orders and also implementing further checks.
Newegg wrote that it had bot protection on since the first day of orders and that every order it recied was from a real person; it still sold out in minutes.
Yesterday, Nvidia apologized for the initial launch and said that more stock will be coming each week.
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That good news because am still waiting for my evga scard from scan but 2 more days the bots will start again with 3090!Reply
It's good to know now that "order placed" doesn't necessarily mean "you'll get a card."Reply
That puts all of the scalpers who "proved" they have a 3080 coming in by way of confirmation email on the hook now since that doesn't mean jack anymore.
All the retailers should share email addresses and shipping addresses for all their orders. I bet we would catch a lot of scalpers that way too. They could avoid privacy concerns with an NDA or some similar contract.Reply
Good on Evga, their forums are really active and it seems they are listening to their user base. I had one in my cart and even when through Paypal before it failed on return to the site. Bummer.Reply
A good way to catch Scalpers is to see if the same creditcard is being used on multiple orders. Same creditcard, cancel it.
Scalpers and their clients are going to have fun now that they cannot trust confirmed orders to be final until the cards have actually shipped.Reply