A user bought an NVIDIA graphics card to improve his computer, but was surprised when the contents of the box were completely different.
NVIDIA ‘s GeForce RTX 3090 Ti continues its reign as the company ‘s most powerful 30-series graphics card , and possibly the most powerful on the market today. For this reason, it has become a coveted item all over the world and PC users are willing to do anything to get their hands on one of these copies. Unfortunately, this has also brought its own plethora of problems, especially for people trying to purchase it online .
Proof of this is the tragic anecdote of a user from Brazil known as “ maurisousa_” who, through his TikTok account , starred in a viral video where he unboxed his new acquisition. Unfortunately, and since both he and his wife were waiting for it, it turned out not to be the long-awaited graphics card, but a box full of sand .
“M aurisousa_” became one more victim of scams with products sold through the Internet . As detailed in the video, he was already suspicious of the weight distribution of the package, so he asked his wife to start recording. The TikToker points out that he is a quiet person most of the time, but when he got the unpleasant surprise, he was shocked since the product is not exactly cheap.
The protagonist ordered a PALIT GeForce RTX 3090 Ti GameRock through Amazon during Prime Days. As he details it, he decided to buy the graphics card because its price was quite reasonable and it seemed like a good deal at the time. ” maurisousa_” paid about 14,500 Brazilian reals (about 10,328 soles in exchange) for nothing more and nothing less than a sandbox.
The GeForce RTX 3090 Ti that will never come
The misfortunes of “maurisousa_” do not end with the scam itself since, despite sending multiple messages and emails to Amazon to try to recover some of what was lost, the company could not provide a solution. After so many attempts at communication from the user, the only thing he received was an email to delete his Amazon account.
After this, the TikToker decided to file a lawsuit in the Small Claims Court on his case.
More NVIDIA graphics card scams
Interestingly, this is not the only story of this type that has arisen in recent days. Patrick J Kennedy , a writer for the tech portal ServeTheHome , was also the victim of an Amazon Prime Days scam . Kennedy decided to get a GeForce RTX 3090 but instead got an RTX 3070 in the box, a lower model than he expected.
While in this case the loss wasn’t nearly as massive, situations like these shouldn’t happen in the first place. In some cases, it is the distribution centers themselves that fail because they do not check if the returned items are part of a wrong order and put them back as new items that then harm other customers.
Scammed by Amazon. Bought a new @TEAMEVGA @NVIDIA RTX 3090 (Amazon seller.) It arrived. Box seals broken. Inside was a RTX 3070. 🙁 pic.twitter.com/ECMyn0eEfP
— Patrick J Kennedy (@Patrick1Kennedy) July 21, 2022