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Scalper bots

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Muso, 28 Nov 2020.

  1. Muso

    Gangster

    Joined: 15 Mar 2006

    Posts: 172

    So it seems there are thousands of bots buying up stock and retailer websites arn't doing anything to protect against this.

    An example was yesterday a some stock dropped on a competitor website I followed a link instantly but then had to queue behind 60,000 users (bots) by which time I got to the page all the stock had been bought.

    Is it really so hard to protect against bots? Would it not be possible to do something to protect against this? Do retailers even care?
     
  2. Thekwango

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Feb 2009

    Posts: 12,949

    Location: Northern Ireland

    Why would they? They’ll of course pay lip service to the issue making bold claims of how the genuine customer is more important to them. The reality however is that a sale is a sale. And of course the scalped bot pricing helps ‘hide’ the retailers own price scalping.
     
  3. LeMson

    Mobster

    Joined: 21 Mar 2012

    Posts: 4,063

    Supply is in the toilet anyway, to be sent 20 gfx cards to sell for a launch is disgusting.
     
  4. weldon855

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Oct 2013

    Posts: 1,820

    Location: Ild

    Let the bots have them, stop buying from them. The end.
     
  5. MCFC_ANDY

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Aug 2013

    Posts: 1,151

    blame the chinese miners. well thats the latest rumor reasons for nvidia anyway
     
  6. LeMson

    Mobster

    Joined: 21 Mar 2012

    Posts: 4,063

    Like most of these things it's a combination of factors, covid dents production, sold to miners first, influensors get therzzz, and bots buy the few cards left for the end user


    great
     
  7. Thekwango

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Feb 2009

    Posts: 12,949

    Location: Northern Ireland

    And all the while everyone in the ‘food chain’ above the end users cry poverty and low margins.
     
  8. dvs8

    Associate

    Joined: 8 Mar 2010

    Posts: 97

    It's sad but grimly predictable to see our beloved PC market now infected by the financial betting industry. I saw a site the other day which marketed itself as a financial investment company with 100% guaranteed return on investments ... was just a cash pile for bots to grab PC hardware and flog on eBay. As weldon855 said the only way to stop it is to ONLY buy from authorised retailers, but EVERYONE has to do this to make it painful for the scalpers. And unfortunately it seems people are still buying CPUs/GPUs off eBay. So.... gg.
     
  9. OC2000

    Gangster

    Joined: 2 Oct 2009

    Posts: 475

    Isnt warranty from the retailer non transferable?
    If so selling to bots removes responsibility for returns to retailer and puts it solely on the manufacturer.
     
  10. Hodders

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,540

    Location: Riding my bike

    But then loads of retailers are inflating prices as well.....
     
  11. Minstadave

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Jan 2004

    Posts: 29,048

    Location: Rutland

    The bots drive up prices, people are paying over the odds right left and centre. It works in the favour of the sellers.
     
  12. varkanoid

    Capodecina

    Joined: 31 Dec 2007

    Posts: 12,350

    Location: The TARDIS, Wakefield, UK

    Its not bots at fault its low stock. Bots just exasperate the situation. If it was bots buying it all up there would be no content in the owners threads.
     
  13. weldon855

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Oct 2013

    Posts: 1,820

    Location: Ild

    Then don't buy from those either.
     
  14. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 13 Oct 2006

    Posts: 78,329

    The retailers don't care - or at least not that much - there are ways of doing it for a new product launch which much smaller companies I've worked for in the past have used for promotions and so on.
     
  15. Zernath

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 22 Feb 2019

    Posts: 1,306

    Location: Ost Angelnen

    Which is utter ********, they're making a killing!
     
  16. weldon855

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 21 Oct 2013

    Posts: 1,820

    Location: Ild

    We could see another price fix investigation into the industry.
     
  17. COYS

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Mar 2007

    Posts: 1,371

    That's what makes me laugh about people buying from scalpers. No guarantee anyone is going to be there for them if their card is faulty, yet they don't think about that because they just have to have their new shiny toy.