Nvidia RTX 3080 Hunt Might be Over

As so many gamers can attest, the Nvidia Geforce RTX 3080 hunt is brutal. I’ve been searching just as long as most. The daily routine consists of checking the “now in stock” websites, best buy online, amazon, newegg and then Zotac’s store at night. Every add to cart button I was able to see was just a disappointment. They would sell out before I could ever complete the checkout process. That is until Sam’s Club.

Sam’s Club to the Rescue

I happened upon an add to cart button at Sam’s Club during my daily Nvidia RTX 3080 hunt I mentioned above. It took me a fraction of a second to add it to the cart and initiate the checkout process. I was able to actually checkout this time!

It was at this point that I realized it was actually the 3090 version with that great $1.599 price tag (yes, I’m being sarcastic). The 3080 was what I wanted, but I was willing to order it to be done with the constant page refreshes. I figured I could still try for the 3080 elsewhere and then choose to return the 3090.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Hunt Product Page Issues

Sam's Club product page for PNY GeForce RTX™ 3080 10GB XLR8 Gaming UPRISING EPIC-X
Sam’s Club RTX 3080 Product Page

As I was basking in my success, I found another possible issue besides the extra money I spent. The product page title was: PNY GeForce RTX™ 3080 10GB XLR8 Gaming UPRISING EPIC-X. The problem, in case you didn’t notice, is the 3080 part. If I get that card, then it’s basically a scalper price!

Looking into the page a little more, I noticed that the pictures, description, specification and price, were all that of the 3090. Obviously, my concern is that they send me a 3080 for that price and I’ll have to return it or try to get a partial refund for the difference.

Nvidia RTX 3080 Hunt Shipping Delay

When I checked out, it said that delivery was set for December 2nd, so I was very anxious to get the coveted tracking information. The problem is there was no tracking 2 days before it was supposed to be delivered. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just past, it became obvious that shipping date would not be met.

My real concern was the order would end up like so many before where they had no cards and either gave me a delay into January (looking at you Dell), or just outright cancelled. Either one would push me farther towards Ebay. Worst off, my Nvidia RTX 3080 Hunt would have to continue.

My nerves finally forced me to contact their customer service chat to find out why I still had no shipping info. Right after I typed my issue, I noticed that my tracking info had just been entered into the order. The tracking set the new delivery date for December 5th. Sooner would have been better, but it is still before Cyber Punk 2077 release, so I’ll take it.

Preparing for the Worst

I’m lucky and happy to be to this point in this grueling process, but there’s still things that could go wrong and I’m preparing for the worst. They could still lose the shipment, it might be the 3080 instead of 3090, or the card might work. I really hope my next post will be about how great the 3090 instead of any new issues.

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