RTX 3080 Ti already on sale in United Arab Emirates for $3500
By Neil Soutter on May 5th, 2021 at 12:04pm - original article from game-debate

Nvidia’s upcoming RTX 3080 Ti graphics card is not rumored to launch until a month from now, but that hasn’t stopped retailers from cashing in early, and not for the first time either. In fact, an RTX 3080 Ti was recently spotted in a retailer in the United Arab Emirates, and it could be yours for the low, low price of just $3500. What a steal!

The information was spotted by Reddit user FaisalKhatib, who posted the picture of two RTX 3080 Ti's on Nvidia’s official subreddit, citing the location as a store in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. They are quite the sight to behold to be honest, especially in the wake of a massive global chip shortage that has resulted in limited GPU stock.

RTX 3080 Ti early sale

The price is apparently $3500, but is even more of a bargain when you realise you can’t even use it yet! No public drivers are available just yet for the RTX 3080 Ti so the card is essentially unusable, but at least you’ll have bragging rights.

A similar situation happened during the launch of the RTX 3060, which was on sale in Pakistan a few weeks earlier than the official launch. Again, there were no public drivers available so the cards were practically unusable at that point. But what lengths people will go through to actually get their hands on one of these cards before anyone has the chance of buying up all the stock.

$3500 for an RTX 3080 Ti is pretty damn high though, and we can expect the price to drop at launch as you are basically just paying a premium for buying it early. You'll unlikely find it for MSRP anywhere soon, but when crypto miners realize it isn't a very profitable card (hopefully) then prices should drop.

What do you think? Would you pay $3500 just to have a GPU early? How can a situation like this even happen? And what should be done about it? Let us know your thoughts!