The 2020 holiday shopping season was defined by how difficult it is to buy consoles like the PS5 and GPUs like the GeForce RTX 3090, which has led some people to use other, less legal methods to get both products. Bots make up some of the consoles available for resale, but theft is apparently another source.
Around $ 340,000 worth of GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs were stolen from MSI. according to Tom’s hardware. That’s 40 containers of the popular cards, based on the translation of an internal MSI document embedded in the following tweet.
MSI mainland China factory stolen, 40 cartons of RTX3090 stolen, the total value of 2200000RMB ……
MSI was officially announced and the police were notified with a reward of 100,000 RMB for reporting effective information. pic.twitter.com/JWw8hOMioG
– Xi Ti Ruo Li (@ GoFlying8) December 7, 2020
The GeForce RTX 3090 sits at the high end of the Nvidia line at $ 1,499 and often sells for hundreds of dollars more on eBay, which seems like enough motivation to steal it. What is less clear is how these cards were stolen. Tom’s hardware According to MSI’s communications, video surveillance and inspections of every truck are cited as the primary security for GPUs being shipped from warehouses. This has led MSI to believe that “insiders” of companies are the thieves, but no information other than this document was provided in the tweet on Friday December 4th.
On the PS5 side, thefts in the UK have resulted in what appears to be a method much more dramatic and dangerous. In one maneuver The times is called a “rollover”Thieves use cars, one in front and one behind a van, to slow the truck from the front and open its back while standing on the hood of the following car. This method supposedly requires some sort of inside information about what is actually in a particular truck, however The times says it has been used 27 times this year, which is becoming more common as more and more expensive products are on offer in holiday deliveries. An example of a “rollover” can be seen in a video from Romania above.
happy # PS5 Day everyone. We tried to document the revelation of ourselves, but Amazon instead tricked us with an unwanted air fryer (after giving the delivery password). Has anyone else had this problem today? pic.twitter.com/99IUSzSJUU
– Bex April May (@bexlectric) 19th November 2020
In another probable theft, Amazon PS5 buyers were given air fryers, cat litter, and other household items in place of the console. IGN I found a collection of customers who received a “PS5” box with resealed tape, which is different from the traditional black Prime version from Amazon. Conversations with current Amazon employees suggested that smuggling PS5s from an Amazon warehouse would be very difficult, but it is possible that the consoles from the vans were swapped out. IGNThe full Odyssey is well worth a read, but from now on affected customers get the latest PS5sand the culprits remain unknown.
To get a PS5 or GeForce RTX card at this point, you’ll have to deal with prices that are higher than what both products are retailed for. Given that you can’t just buy one in a store, the real prices isn’t $ 499 for a PS5 and $ 1,499 for a GeForce RTX 3090, but what they cost to resell. In the last survey on eBay, we found that the average prices for the PS5 were $ 1,024 and the GeForce RTX 3090 averaged $ 2,076. You can see why both products have become the target of thieves.
If there is a lesson to be learned in addition to “don’t steal,” sellers and manufacturers must offer manufacturing facilities Pre-orders and sales fairer. The pandemic has affected the number of consoles and graphics cards that can be safely manufactured, but the creation of scarcity with limited inventory only makes the problem worse. Until there is an easier way to guarantee a purchase, the resale and occasional theft that help will continue.