EVGA Has Changed Their RTX 3000 Series Check Out Process To Stop Bots And Scalpers - PC SEEKERS

EVGA Has Changed Their RTX 3000 Series Check Out Process To Stop Bots And Scalpers

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The month of September has been a month of both praise and flak for NVIDIA. Praise due to the fact that NVIDIA launched cards that were about 50% faster at 1440p compared to their respective predecessors while costing the same and flak due to the fact that NVIDIA rushed the launch and caused a lot of stock issues and the few cards that were available for purchase were grabbed by bots and scalpers. Flak also for the stability issues where the games would crash to the desktop after they hit boost clocks of 2000MHz and above. 


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Though NVIDIA fixed the later issue with a driver update, there is still a scarcity of stock for the RTX 3080 and this 'lack of stock' is expected to continue for as long as the start of next year as recently quoted by Jensen Huang, Co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA during a Q&A session with the press. 


Well while the stocks still remain a scarcity it is not fair for the genuine consumers that want to buy a card from the 10's of them that get listed on an online store but never get to buy them due to bots and scalpers ordering all the inventory while the customer clicks F5 to refresh the page for new stock. And with the launch of the RTX 3070, the demand is expected to increase even more considering its lower cost and the performance that it offers.


To stop the bots several etailers are trying whatever they can to implement anti-bot measures during the check-out process. One such measure is taken by EVGA today to stop the bots and scalpers from clearing the RTX 3070 inventory and to make sure that the cards reach the hands of genuine customers.


Jacob Freeman, Global Product Management Director at EVGA, tweeted that EVGA has now changed the check out process for the RTX 30 Series graphics cards. As for the details as to how you cam buy an RTX 30 Series card directly from EVGA's website, Jacob Freeman also posted on the EVGA's official forum stating and we quote:

We have made some changes to the checkout process for EVGA.com 30-series orders. Now we are using a queue based notification system.


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He further added,

To sign up, use the notification on the product you would like to be notified for. For everyone who already used the notification button previously, you are already entered. Once product is available (and it is your turn to purchase), you will receive a secure email that will allow you to purchase the product that you received the notification for. Please note that you have 5 hours to place your order, If your order is not complete with in 5 hours, the product will be released back into queue system.

While this is good to know that brands and etailers are trying to get their products in to the hands of genuine customers, this approach from EVGA will be effective for the initial sales and for the genuine customers who have already requested to be notified as soon as the cards are restocked. But (I do not want to put any cheap tricks in the minds of scalpers but there is a possibility that might have already got this thought on their minds) a scalper can then request for notification of stock for multiple cards by using multiple email IDs. Never know.


It should also be noted that EVGA requires you to use the same email address (that you wish to be notified on) which has a registered EVGA account. If there is no account available with that email address then you need to create one. Also this process is only available for the US store as of now and for other regions it is being evaluated.


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What do you think about this measure taken by EVGA to stops bots and scalpers? Do let us know down in the comments section below.


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