Yes, and then they will really miss out on the sales of the cards they refuse to sell you!My state was one of the only ones that got ZERO cards, the state is not even in the list. I'll never shop at Best Buy ever again and I'm convincing as many of my friends to do the same.
<Mod Edit - comment removed>Yes, and then they will really miss out on the sales of the cards they refuse to sell you!
While you're at it, why don't you claim you'll never, ever buy NVIDIA again b/c they didn't supply your retailer adequately?
Best Buy is obviously not loving this situation, they are doing what they can. Imagine how pissed people would be if their store got a single card and people were camped out for it.
Most of them were probably resellers, hoping to make a quick profit off flipping the cards. People actually looking to get a card for gaming are not as likely to be paying close attention to inventory leaks that only provide a day's notice. Resellers will be all over those though. More gamers would probably get their hands on the cards if they just trickled the supply out a few each day, and spread them out to more locations, rather than selling them all at once at relatively small number of their stores to make a spectacle out of it.(Note: No one wanted to provide me with names, choosing to remain anonymous.)
Why blame BB here? Are they withholding any cards? Think about it, 17K cards is actually not a lot. BB don't just have a single outlet to distribute the cards. It is not like you stay in a cave to not hear about the persistent supply issue.My state was one of the only ones that got ZERO cards, the state is not even in the list. I'll never shop at Best Buy ever again and I'm convincing as many of my friends to do the same.
I certainly won't judge a book by its cover, but I am also confident that there are scalpers in the line. If you can flip the card for a tidy profit easily, it is surely worth the effort of getting up early to queue. The good thing is that it is not that easy for them to single handedly buy a bunch of cards up at one go.Nothing more than a personal anecdote for your amusement... I read about the drop late last night and decided to arrive at the Holyoke, MA Best Buy around 6:00 a.m. "Surely, 100+ people won't be as foolish as me to wake up early for this." Touche, human race. I tried to count the line and thought there may be a chance. Come ticket time, they ran out with about 30 still ahead of me. In my naivete, I imagined a couple hundred of my fellow gamers would comprise the line, seeking gaming nirvana. It was obvious most of the people, particularly toward the front, were mere scalpers. I mean, these were rough-looking people. Right: don't judge a book by its cover. And I usually don't. But if you saw these people, I mean, you would have to agree: they aren't the kind that sit in front of a gaming rig in the evenings playing the latest nerdy RPG. Many of them drove off immediately after receiving their ticket. To do what? I wondered. Xerox the ticket and return trying to sell fakes to innocent gamers? Sell the ticket quickly online and do the deal in a back alley? I thought about trying to strike up such a deal, then got back flashbacks of trying to score weed in Hollywood when I was 15. I got ripped for $20 and nearly beat up. Too old for that <Mod Edit> now. At present, in the midst of my Mr.-Smith-Goes-To-Washington disillusion, I'm not exactly complaining about these scalpers. In fact, I feel more just pity and sadness that there is a segment of our society that, for whom, it is worth spending the night on a sidewalk for a few hundred bucks. I drove home somewhat disappointed, but glad that I didn't invest more time, and grateful to be a noble gamer rather than the alternative. For now, back to gaming on my GTX 1070 for the few months, as I simply can't bring myself to pay two or three times MSRP for a video game thingy. Good luck in your quest, fellow gamers.
In my opinion, brick and mortar is the easiest way to minimise scalping. Tying a purchase to an online account can easily be manipulated, for example, creating multiple accounts, using someone else's credential, etc... And really, why make it so easy for scalpers? While it is somewhat of an inconvenience for gamers, but I think you will find it satisfying if you manage to get one. While not everyone gets one for sure, but I think at least a good percentage of that 17K may have gone into the hands of a gamer.Honestly they should have made it an online lottery tied to your Best Buy account. With so many stores and so few cards it was never going to end well, especially for those in states which received zero cards.
You don't just tie it to an account. With Best Buy, they have Elite and Elite Plus status. You have to spend $3500 to attain Elite Plus status. No scalper is going to create multiple accounts and spend $3500 on each account to buy multiple video cards. Next tier down is $1500. Allow online orders but they have to be picked up in store. I saw people camping out at the Best Buy near me the afternoon before this last release. That more or less eliminates anyone with a job or family from being able to get a card. Even if I needed a card, I would not camp out over night for one.In my opinion, brick and mortar is the easiest way to minimise scalping. Tying a purchase to an online account can easily be manipulated, for example, creating multiple accounts, using someone else's credential, etc... And really, why make it so easy for scalpers?
AMD and Nvidia can take various measure to curb the situation but people (be it miner or scalpers) will always have work around to it. And it is even worse when AIB and distributor themselves end up being involved in the issues because they want to take the profit themselves instead of giving it freely to true scalpers.The Best Buy stores near me weren't involved in the latest restock. However, a coworker made the trip to the Waldorf, MD store and had very negative things to say. People camping overnight, huge line, lots of disappointment, and plenty of scalpers and miners. Not a surprise.
It's too bad Nvidia and AMD won't take even basic steps to get their products in the hands of actual gamers and enthusiasts. Blindly dumping products onto the market means that people whose job it is to resell or profit off these cards will be the one first in line. The GPU crisis has been going on for a year now and things haven't improved.