>assuming crypto is niche
It isn't, but even if it was the demand for video cards for crypto far outpaces anything else. I can't see how anyone can look at warehouses full of crypto mining racks and think anything else is creating greater demand than that.
>No, at this point scalping keeps going as long as scalping is profitable
Scalping was always profitable, especially at launch of new products. Crypto drives availability and pricing issues which feed into scalping (often
the scalper prices align with crypto which has already been mentioned ITT) which then worsens these problems.
It was a general reply to the entire convo. I can quote and address multiple posters if you want me to be autistic about it.
>The crypto factor existed before other issues
>yet the shortage we're experiencing now never happened before
This is only partly true. GPU shortages happened before covid with the same root cause being crypto.
It's so dumb how people constantly deflect from the fact that crypto is creating the largest demand thus killing availability far more than anything else. The manufacturers (if they're to be believed) have produced far more stock than previous generations, yet demand is still insane since you have assholes buying endless stacks of cards for mining, yet crypto cultists treat it like a fucking religion and won't let you say the availability problem is overwhelmingly
caused by crypto without deflecting to something else. To the crypto cultists: crypto is our savior from the banks thus crypto is sacred and can do no wrong.
Doesn't matter if it fucks shit up in places where the electrical infrastructure can't handle it. Doesn't matter if it eats up GPU stock endlessly. Crypto currency is God! Crypto can do no wrong!
Seriously, fuck these people. I've had enough of their bullshit deflections. Hopefully others feel the same and won't give them any ground in these arguments either.
What happens for anyone who isn't mining is that eventually they can afford the scalper pricing simply from saving up cash for so long while unable to buy at MSRP. So they give up and get scalped, because why wait for it to get better when it clearly isn't.
>What the fuck can I even do?
I would never use it for actually chatting with anyone because it's spyware full of child grooming degenerates, but you can get stock alerts from Discord which are moderately more reliable than other methods. If you've already been doing that and playing the Newegg lottery there's not much else to tell you. If you want to score one at MSRP it's down to luck. Add to Cart is a joke, either doesn't work or yanks the item out of the cart before you can complete the transaction. Even enabling 1-click buy on Amazon didn't help because although it puts in all your information immediately it still takes 2 clicks and has tons of slowdown with website errors.
Literally the only thing that ever worked for me is Newegg Shuffle. After winning a Shuffle I could finally add the product to the cart without a billion site errors and I could finally checkout normally without it getting yanked out of my goddamn hands. That said, it only worked twice. Once during it's infancy when not as many faggots were signing up for it and once during the 3080 Ti launch when I assume they had the most stock they were ever going to have for that product. By contrast, I tried for a 3080 for months in the Shuffle and never won for that product.
The EVGA queue is a absolute joke. Retailers get way more of EVGA's stock than the queue ever will. Look at how slow that queue is and you'll realize it's not even worth participating. They ruined their own forums with newfags/scalpers trying to get into the Elite programs with X amount of posts just to get into the EVGA queue system a day earlier. The bar of entry for Elite membership was so low it pissed off even the most diehard EVGA fanboys.