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Scalpers, the scourge of anyone trying to buy a graphics card or console have now decided to move onto the Steam Deck too and so the cycle continues. Anyone surprised? We're guessing not at all.

Valve did make a few steps to try and combat them but it seems not enough. Although, there is only so many ways you can stop people doing it. For the first 48 hours, Valve made sure only users who had purchased something on Steam before June 2021 could order one and there is a small reservation fee too.

The question is, why go to a scalper at all? Valve are still taking reservations. Well, take a look at ebay and you'll see plenty of listings like these:

The problem stems from availability, as always (and some countries can't even order them officially). Even if you put down a reservation for a unit now, you're looking at long wait times. Our unit for the top-end model isn't due to arrive until Q1 2022, so no matter what coverage from us will be after others (since it's unlikely Valve will provide a review unit, we had to ensure we got one). For people going to order right now, the top-end model is telling us it won't be available until Q3 2022, same for the mid-range model and the bottom model in Q1 2022. So, people might be tempted to pay a scalper to get one earlier but it's quite the markup on the price in some cases as you can see above.

Even if you have a reservation down, Valve aren't actually guaranteeing you'll even get one. In their FAQ on the bottom of the order page it mentions: "We are aiming to start sending order invitations by December 2021. We will make every effort to convert all reservations to orders but we are not able to guarantee availability.".

It goes without saying but we will anyway: don't enable scalpers, don't use them.

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denyasis 19 Jul
Quoting: kokoko3kYes indeed, and the timing seems pretty suspicious to me, considering Valve went totally Amd and x86.

Not really suspicious at all to me. Nvidia is in the process of trying to buy ARM and had been targeting ARM for development for some time.

If you're going to use ARM architecture in your products, b you kinda have to show that it'll work.

Getting all of that right is huge money, more than even a few million Steam Decks. I wouldn't be surprised if they took a polite pass on hardware development for Valve.

Sorry, back to the topic of scalpers.
That's lame.
Although, here, this community is a good enough place that if you didn't live in an approved country I sure you can arrange something with someone that does.
Kinda like a physical goods VPN, lol.

Last edited by denyasis on 19 July 2021 at 5:05 pm UTC
furaxhornyx 20 Jul
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Quoting: picture£1000...

Those scams are easily spotted: looking closer, all prices are nicely rounded values, but we all know retail prices always end by a 9 to make them more attractive to the consumer... Don't fall for it !
Quoting: furaxhornyx
Quoting: picture£1000...

Those scams are easily spotted: looking closer, all prices are nicely rounded values, but we all know retail prices always end by a 9 to make them more attractive to the consumer... Don't fall for it !
I feel like if some retail store started doing their prices in plain dollar amounts I'd shop there more just for the relief from stupidity and the feeling they were insulting me less.
Update: Ebay have been removing these for violations of their terms.

Last edited by rustybroomhandle on 20 July 2021 at 12:26 pm UTC
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