Question is in the title. Really just curious if all the PC upgrade posts we see here, and in other subs, are as a result of people buying their cards off scalpers.
No judgement, I'm just curious if that's really the only way that people are getting gpus these days. I check all the usual sites every single day, since November, and I can't grab a RX 6000 or RTX 3000 anywhere at MSPR.
Everybody on the Internet buys GPU at MSRP. To the best of my knowledge there are only three ways of doing so. First, having a mate in China who'll get one for you straight from the factory warehouse. Second, living in the US and camping a whole day in front of a big box store when a delivery is announced. Third, writing a better bot than all the other thousands of guys writing bots to snag one from one of the few e-etailers who doesn't behave worse than a scalper.
Then of course there are all the guys buying them from scalpers but who will tell you they bought at MSRP. And there are many of them.ID: gspxsxx
Stores in other countries don't necessarily work how they do in the US. 🙂
Over here, people who order a card is simply placed in a queue and the retailer then send out the cards according to that queue as cards come in stock. It means you might have to wait several months, but you get them at the launch price and without constantly having to hunt for one. As an example, the RTX 3080 TUF OC I ordered at the launch price in September arrived last week.
The unwillingness to take orders for items that are not currently in stock seems to be a general issue with US retailers, even when there isn't a global chip shortage. I've always found that really weird.ID: gsqmb7x
Many places do that here as well, most people just don't know that. You can walk in and put an order for the product you want and wait until they have stock, they will call when it is available for pickup.ID: gsqxfs6
The issue for the USA is that the stores that are getting large refreshes are generally not taking pre-orders. This is usually the case for hard to get items, because well, easier to sell them to a "friend" who can scalp it on ebay and make easy money.
Newegg has a shuffle pretty much every week day. Best Buy has a drop every couple weeks Amd directly does a drop every Thursday I believe. I snagged my from a Newegg drop that was just random dumb luckID: gsp2wpy
Are cards on Newegg shuffle msrp, or are these marked up marketplace sellers?ID: gsp32w6
It’s the new msrp. If you want announced msrp you have to get it directly from amd or Nvidia. That’s bestbuy for Nvidia and amd.com for amd. Otherwise your paying the AIB msrp which will be $200-$300 higher but not the prices of a scalper just close to it. This is the world we are inID: gsqmb6v
It's MSRP+. Most of the cards that are being put out are AIB premium cards with fancy cooling. Most of those are overpriced, but they're the priced they're launched at. Most of the ones in the shuffles are Asus at around $800 for 3070 or 6700xt.
When they put out a reference card then it's pretty much MSRP, but none of them want to put more of those out because the margin is so small.ID: gsp0jxn
Mine was from the AMD.com drops, so I only pay MSRP. The fantastic thing for Canada is our dollar is slowly going up on value relative to USD but AMD.com only goes by USD and converts it thus AMD GPUs are getting slightly cheaper since I first looked.
I must concede though to get a GPU here you have to be very lucky, basically ready and very fast. Unlike most, this was the only route to a GPU I was focused on. Mainly because I only buy at MSRP or less, otherwise I don't buy at all.
Every Thursday AMD drops cards on their website. Got a 6900xt last week Thursday at MSRP.ID: gsp2u92
I've been checking here as well, but no luck yet.ID: gsp4wmy
Best bet is to join a stock checking Discord group. For awhile AMD was dropping at the same time every Thursday but that hasn't been the case recently.ID: gspu6zj
its a great experience.
first you have to get lucky and be in a region that actually shows the stock when its in stock.
second you have to add it to cart and get lucky that the site doesnt time out moving to your cart page, if it does go back to step one.
third step is to enter your payment info, best to use something like paypal that is fast. once you have put in your payment information you have to be lucky that the site doesnt time out moving to the purchase screen. if it does return to first step.
fourth step is to click the purchase button and get lucky that the site doesnt time out moving to the confirmation page. if it does and you dont get lucky, return to first step.
fifth step is to say "fuck it i didnt want one anyway" and enter the newegg souffle where you get let down less frustratingly while trying to grab the card you want at 200-300$ above msrp.
edit: oh i almost forgot, god forbid you refresh more than 4 times in a minute to try to catch the 15 second window of stock and get banned from site access for 30 minutes.ID: gsp5bta
Do you know the exact drops time on Thursday and any tips to have a chance to get one on the amd website ? Is it the same time if we order from EU ?ID: gsp7b1e
They drop at the same time worldwide. The time varies. Normally between 8:30-11:00 PST.
I got a reference 6800xt about 2 weeks ago from AMD's site directly. Drops are regularly every Thursday morning. Took me about 3-4 weeks to fine tune my setup in order to get one. I'm in Canada if that makes a difference.
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Personally, I got lucky awhile ago with the buy now button on Amazon with a reference 6900XT at MSRP.
Your story is just like mine. I won't buy one unless I can get it at the advertised MSRP through the AMD store. If I have to wait until the cows come home, then so be it...;)
I very much doubt the scalpers are seeing much business asking 3x-5x the MSRP. Those prices are designed for very low "volumes" *cough*...it's really a sort of joke when you see the scalpers trying to sell ~$2100 6700XTs with "free shipping" and ship dates of 14 to 21 days after the sale!...;) (Meaning, if they can get the $2100 from a customer, then they hope they can buy one from another scalper for $1600 in a couple of weeks, then ship it to you and make a tidy $500 on the deal, etc.)
Both Amazon and Ebay could go a long way toward stopping scalping by simply refusing ads for any GPU that cannot be shipped to the purchaser within 72 hours after the sale transaction has finalized, imo. AMD could stop it by stuffing the AMD store to the brim @ MSRP. The things that could be done are not being done.
I live in Paris and while all major online retailers in France were out of stock within seconds, I found a 6700xt Pulse in a small hardware store. The price was still absolutely ridiculous (799€), but with a new 1440p 144Hz monitor I really needed to upgrade my RX 480...
Quelle boutique ?
I got my Asus 6900XT for almost 1900 in the official local store. There is no way to buy gpu MSPR in my country. I avoided even higher prices of scalpers and took one in the store. As far as I know, this store also buy the cards for a overprice from the official importer. Well, I wanted to build a powerful sff, cause I had GTX 1060 laptop, and I wanted it to be the best I ever had (dream from childhood). As far as I can afford it at last, why should I stop myself? 🙂 Now I’m happy and don’t care about the price. Battlefield 6 ready =)
Haha scalped by a store
Not really. Non reference gpu cards have more msrp than the amd reference card
Here in Aus the supply from retailers has been great... it’s just that they’re waaay above the rrp.
I got my 6800XT in december from AMD website at retail price. So it does happen to us regular folk lol, just gotta win the luck lottery.
I traded my 3080 for one.
Trying to get a used 6900XT from the local market for around 1300 euro right now. Hoping that a seller I’ve chosen is a decent man 🙂
I got mine last month after lurking in the stockdrops discord for a while and was notified of a newegg restock. It seemed they were doing a trickle restock (a couple units every 30 minutes or so) instead of a big restock, so I managed to snag one at that time. I basically was logged into paypal and newegg at all times so I could one click my way to a card. It was my 4th or so time getting one into a cart where I could checkout.
Newegg Shuffle for my 6800 xt, random stock monitoring app to secure my 3070.
I got my GF's reference 6800XT from newegg via a discord notification. I don't remember the discord server though.
I've bought 3 from komplett.no, no problem getting one here in Norway!
3? For what usage?