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RTX 3080 “Paper Edition” eBay scam

Summary

 Ebay Scalpers are one thing, but now there are RTX 3080 “Paper editions” floating around on eBay. Causing many consumers to bid on what they thought were graphics cards, when in fact the “paper edition” is actually just a printed image of the RTX 3080. Bids are anywhere from $500 to $800 for a piece of paper. This could be related to the recent news of consumers over bidding on Scalpers pre-orders and then not paying to force eBay selling fees; however, this is a PSA telling people to be careful when shopping for a RTX 3080. This is not an isolated incidence or just one seller, this is several sellers all running the same scam.

 

My thoughts

 I haven’t seen any articles on this specifically, but just by typing in “RTX 3080” in the eBay search bar yielded these scams. These are people charging RTX 3080 prices for a printed photo of the graphics card to hopefully scam some buyer who makes a mistake by not reading the full description. Also some of the specs are off on the listings, such as saying 11 gb of ram, shame.

 

Sources

 Here are a few different eBay links that are valid as of sept. 18th 2020:

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/284015792075

https://www.ebay.com/itm/164389001096

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254722248476

https://www.ebay.com/itm/154092726117

 

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hey, if people wanna overpay for a poster, why not?

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at least 10% goes to a charity, wonder if thats a tactic to cause issues with doing a refund. on feebay, i mean ebay...

in Australia i think a printed poster is as close as we will see an FE card.

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So the usual recycled scam. Thing is people are not going to get refunded for this as the product is not doing anything that is not allowed on ebay. It is clearly stated that the product is a picture. This even happens with non questionable items being sold. The amount of times I've seen people bid up items that are listed as just the box, the case, broken,... assuming it's a working product and not read the description is insane. I've had it happen multiple times where I stated a clear issue with in the title READ DESCRIPTION then ebay agrees with me and the buyer loses their case.

 

Like I sold a 1080 waterblock for a friend on ebay during the mining craze and got 620€ for it as they assumed it was the card even tho the first 2 pictures were the waterblock the description said WATERBLOCK ONLY in caps. The title was Gtx 1080/1080ti ek waterblock watercooling (and some other words to get the search). The reason the people tought it was the card was because the third picture was of it in action showing that it worked. The buyer was so angry when they just got a almost new waterblock and with strong words demanded a refund and was not sending the item back. I ended up keeping the money but was willing to refund them if they sent it back undamaged at their own cost but they did not want to do that thus ebay sided with me and I kept the money.

 

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Love it. Those things could easily be taken down as using those pictures unless they have permission from the website like verge is a copyright violation also tax evasion is likely happening with those "private" sellers.

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I don’t think these are all scams, they want to make it harder for scalpers to price gouge. By filling up the first few listings, they deny the scalpers top results. They actually all say *paper edition* or *read description* in the title.

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I believe they did the same for either the PS3 or PS4 when that came out. 

 

In this case however, I believe some of the higher prices are due to patrolling bots from this post:

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Anyone remember that guy from the 70s who got rich by selling pet rocks?

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2 hours ago, Lurick said:

I would say I'm surprised but some people are just that dumb =/

Everyone is dumb when they’re not paying attention and no one pays attention all the time.  Trying to do so is a path to crazy and crazy sucks hard.

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1 hour ago, Master Disaster said:

Anyone remember that guy from the 70s who got rich by selling pet rocks?

*raises hand*

Life is like a bowl of chocolates: there are all these little crinkly paper cups everywhere.

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2 hours ago, S w a t s o n said:

Not really a scam, the thing you are paying for is accurately described in the ads. If you fall for this you deserve it.

No it’s really a scam.  It shows an intent to deceive.  To claim it is other is sophistry. 

Life is like a bowl of chocolates: there are all these little crinkly paper cups everywhere.

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Even if you sell a printed picture for $800, with the cost of ink you're probably only breaking even

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this is why you always read the fine print

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Depends how this is done. if it'a clearly stated in normal or larger fonts in multiple places, buyers own fault. if it's buried in the small print, then it's shay, (And in some parts of Europe, illegal).

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10 minutes ago, CarlBar said:

Depends how this is done. if it'a clearly stated in normal or larger fonts in multiple places, buyers own fault. if it's buried in the small print, then it's shay, (And in some parts of Europe, illegal).

Though the fact it's a popular item and priced like it's the actual item shows intent of trying to deceive people.

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Learn to read and to distrust ebay listings for cards that just came out?

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This reminds me of one of the articles on the webz about a buyer got delivered a paper of an iPad and the seller won the case.

Can't remember exactly but that definitely happened lol. If someone refuses to read the description and complains about the paper edition once delivered, he/she deserves to lose the case because the seller was very clear and honest.

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