MSI subsidiary accused of 'scalping' NVIDIA RTX 3080 for $600 over retail

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (Image credit: NVIDIA)

What you need to know

  • Starlit Partner, an MSi subsidiary, has been accused of selling the RTX 3080 for an inflated price.
  • An eBay listing from Starlit PArtner listed an MSI RTX 3080 for almost $600 above retail price.
  • The listing has since been removed, and refunds should be offered.

MSI subsidiary Starlit Partner has been accused of "scalping" the NVIDIA RTX 3080 for almost $600 over its normal retail price of $760. An eBay listing (opens in new tab), which has since been taken down, listed an MSI GeForce RTX 3080 GPU for $1,359. A Reddit post flagged up the overpriced card and relationship between STarlit Partner and MSI, which led to backlash across the web (via The Verge).

MSI released a statement on Twitter today that confirms that Starlit Partner is an "individual sales subsidiary working under MSI." The statement explains that Starlit Partner normally sells refurbished items as opposed to new items like the RTX 3080. MSI states that the RTX 3080 became available through Starlit Partner due to an error.

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People who purchased the RTX 3080 for an inflated price have two options. They can receive a full refund or opt to receive a refund of the difference between what they paid and what the card retails for. It's worth noting that MSI specifically states that "Starlit Partner has been instructed to contact the individual customers who purchased these graphic card products." That means that customers will have to communicate with Starlit Partner rather than MSI.

MSI also states that it will "enforce a stricter policy to avoid situations like this happening again."

The RTX 3080 is one of the best graphics cards you can buy and is in very high demand. It sold out almost immediately when it became available. The ensuing shortage contributed to an escalated second-hand market.

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  • It's called business. If you don't like the price, don't buy the product. Vote with your wallet. If you paid an elevated price and have buyer's remorse, that's on you, not the seller. The only time there should be a problem with this where the government (I know - not happening in this case) is when it is products that people need for health/survival, and the price is clearly artificially elevated.
  • Can't agree more.
  • Wait, so you think it should be legal for a company to buy their own cards and resell them at a higher rate through another company they own potentiallyeven before customers have access to buy at the original price? Wow, i would hate to live if your business world. I guess all monopolies should be legal too?
  • Just wait for rdna2 and nvidia's response products. Those will surely upset the scalpers