As a result of the first day of Russian sales of GeForce RTX 30 series video cards in the standard Founders Edition, only 130 accelerators were sold through an intricate scheme with the participation of the DiHouse distributor and the AliExpress platform. As expected, some of these video cards are already being resold by speculators at inflated prices on Russian secondary trading floors.
According to the statistics of the official retail distributor NVIDIA, through the DiHouse online store on AliExpress, the company implemented:
- GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition in the amount of 50 pieces;
- GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition in the amount of 50 pieces;
- GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition in the amount of 30 pieces.
Unfortunately, Russian speculators have not lagged behind Western ones in resourcefulness. If you look for offers on the Russian Avito site, then already now you can find some of the video cards sold yesterday – mainly the flagship GeForce RTX 3090 FE models. Russian speculators offer to buy them at a price of 150 to 200 thousand rubles. Recall that the recommended cost of this video card, which they used to make purchases in the official store, is 136,990 rubles.
Also, there have already been several announcements for the sale of the younger version of the GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition. The card is offered for purchase for 70 thousand rubles instead of the official 45 490 rubles, for which it was sold by DiHouse. There are no offers for the sale of the GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition yet, but it is quite possible that more offers will appear on Avito in the coming days.
It seems that despite NVIDIA’s efforts to screen out bots and speculators, as well as the delay in the release of the GeForce RTX 3070 model by several weeks around the world and in Russia (and the GeForce RTX 30 series cards performed by the Founders Edition appeared later than other countries) , all this did not have any positive effect. Video cards are still in dire shortages everywhere and are sold out in minutes.
The consolation here may be that the Russians were not alone in their problem. Some popular Western bloggers also complained that they could not get a reference sample of the GeForce RTX 3070. The fact is that in some Western markets NVIDIA decided to sell reference samples through large retail chains. For example, according to a YouTube blogger and an insider under the nickname NotAnAppleFan, the sites of the British stores Scan and Overclockers.co.uk constantly “fell” from the influx of visitors who wanted to buy the younger model of the GeForce RTX 30-series, or the video cards were instantly sold out as soon as they became available.
According to the resource Overclock3DSome British shoppers even slept at one of the local Scan retailers to be among the first to buy the coveted GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card.
With non-standard options GeForce RTX 3070 the situation was not much better. Some web users note that in their local stores, cards in various versions were available only in a few dozen pieces. Some retailers, as it turned out, have completely abandoned the sale of the GeForce RTX 3070 as a hotel product, offering the video card only as part of a new gaming computer.
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