What you need to know
- EVGA shared that a shipment of RTX 30-Series GPUs was stolen en route to its Southern California distribution center.
- The stolen graphics cards range in value from $330 to $1,960.
- EVGA notes that it is illegal to buy or receive stolen property, including any of the recently stolen GPUs.
It's difficult to get your hands on an RTX 30-Series graphics card these days. Like all of the best GPUs, NVIDIA's 30-Series lineup is in short supply and high demand. Recently, thieves stole a shipment of these GPUs from EVGA.
The stolen graphics cards range in value from $330 to $1,960, according to EVGA. Those figures refer to the MSRP of the pieces of hardware, not what they'd go for when sold by scalpers or second-hand retailers. EVGA notes that it is a criminal and civil offense to buy or receive stolen property.
EVGA shared the news in a forum post this week:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on October 29, 2021, a shipment of EVGA GeForce RTX 30-Series Graphics Cards was stolen from a truck en route from San Francisco to our Southern California distribution center. These graphics cards are in high demand and each has an estimated retail value starting at $329.99 up to $1959.99 MSRP.
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that under state and Federal law:
- It is a criminal and civil offense to "buy or receive" property that has been stolen. Cal. Penal Code section 496(a).
- It is also a criminal and civil offense to "conceal, sell, withhold, or aid in concealing selling or withholding" any such property.PLEASE TAKE FURTHER notice that:
- If you are able to successfully register your product and see it under My Products, then your product is NOT affected by this notice, you can also check the serial number at the EVGA Warranty Check page to see if it is affected.
- EVGA will NOT REGISTER or HONOR ANY WARRANTY or UPGRADE claims on these products.
When high-end graphics cards become available through traditional outlets, they are often purchased immediately by bots. This leads people to look elsewhere to purchase a GPU. Scalpers often inflate the price of GPUs. Now, people will also have to take the risk of getting a card that was stolen.
EVGA notes that if you are able to register your product with the company, that the GPU is not stolen. You can also check the serial number of your graphics card through EVGA's Warranty Check website.
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If you end up inadvertently buying a stolen card will EVGA let you return/exchange it for information on the seller? Seems like it would help protect buyers and generate evidence for police and prosecutors at the same time.
Frankly, I'm surprised this hasn't been happening more often.
Quote: "Individual GPUs stolen range in value from $330 to $1,960" I think you meant: "Individual GPUs stolen range in value from $800 to $3,999"
How many GPUs were stolen?
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