Thought you folks might like an update.
It could even be better if no one bought from them then they would have tons of cards they paid a lot of money for and now can't even break even. Say we will pay half price for them.Was just generally speaking. Scalpers would quickly stop doing what they are doing if it wouldn't work.
With all the capacitor question marks, is buying from a Scalper even viable? You won't get any after-sales support with a second hand card...
Hows this for a Scalper management system:
They can know exactly which cards go to which customers. Each card has a serial number, each customer gets allocated a serial numbered card. Previously no one has really given a damn about who gets what serial number it's only relevant if the card goes wrong, but it would be relatively simple to start recording what goes to who especially for Founders Editions which get shipped directly without going through resellers.
So, an hour or two after the cards have shipped a warehouse operative notices nine went to the same guy or some dude in sales sees in his spreadsheet eleven transactions came from the same credit card in 2.5 seconds. Before the cards even arrive with the guy, a firmware update is set on the system so when those serial numbered cards are plugged in Nvidia Experience will brick the card and show a notice on the screen to contact Nvidia to discuss the matter.
Now you could do it for all the cards they got, so they plug theirs in and see the message which has basically killed their inventory, or you could not for the first card that is plugged in (their own). The ebay auctions and craiglist's go up. Sales are made. Unhappy customers come back. Scalpers reputations are trashed. Minus one Scalper and minus nine or so customers who would not choose a Scalper in future.
If purchases are genuine for a guy who has eleven computers in his house, they'll be able to follow instructions like "Plug in the following serial numbered cards in the following order" or whatever which would be able to report back to HQ through Experience in that sequence and prove they still have all the stock and the boxes are opened, unpacked and plugged in to machine/s.
We live in the future, it might be time to start acting like it.
Complex? No, just another database with a true/false toggle. Immoral? Perhaps. Introducing a security exploit risk? Most likely.Seems overly complex. The truth is that as long as people are willing to pay on the second-hand market there will always be scalpers. Just like there will always be drug dealers, bootleggers, and fences. Until we the people as a whole say no more the demand will always attract a supply and its honestly near impossible to prevent.