If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of Nvidia’s RTX 3080 today, we have some bad news. Just minutes after the card went live for purchase, they completely sold out – everywhere.
As early as last night, prospective purchasers of the new card were lined up outside of local retailers like Best Buys and Micro Centers. A lot of the local retailers received less than 20 units of the RTX 3080 each, meaning a lot of people in those lineups were left out in the cold, so to say.
Online, the story was very much the same a fans across the country have reported stock listings going from “Coming soon” to “Out of stock” almost instantly upon release… In a lot of cases, it seems as though those cards found their way directly to eBay with heavily inflated prices.
Seeing options for the RTX 3080 going up on eBay within hours post-release is not something that anyone wants to see, but this happens every single release cycle. Not that it makes it any better, it’s just what happens and what will continue to happen for the foreseeable future. That being said, I agree with Wubby and I firmly believe you should not be buying these cards at such an inflated price.
When it comes down to it, having the RTX 3080 sell out this quickly could be a good thing for a lot of people that might have bought one but didn’t get a chance to. AMD will be announcing their RDNA 2 GPUs (Big Navi) on October 24th and it’s speculated that we might be getting a card as powerful as the RTX 3080 for the price of an RTX 3070 – it wouldn’t be the first time AMD has pulled such a feat off.
At the end of the day, I know a lot of people are going to be very disappointed that the RTX 3080 sold out within minutes post-release. But, such is the life of a cutting-edge hardware enthusiast.