As if it wasn't bad enough that crypto mining has eaten up GPU reserves, bots keep taking orders as they come out and worldwide shortages all leading to high prices and low stock - now people are going on heists to nick 'em.
Yes - really. EVGA's Product Manager Jacob Freeman confirmed in an official forum post 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".
With them all in high demand and having an estimated retail value from "$329.99 up to $1959.99", it's probably not all that surprising that some will sink to that level to get their hands on them, to probably hope to make a profit through crypto or selling them on elsewhere.
As always, be careful where you buy your hardware from. EVGA know the serial numbers, and you won't be able to register a stolen card and EVGA will not give you any kind of warrant on them. If you're somehow unfortunate enough to buy one on something like ebay, you would be on your own and people might perhaps even come knocking to find out where you got it from.
This must be the most frustrating time in recent memory to buy a GPU. I'm looking to upgrade myself at some point, although with Intel bringing their GPUs next year perhaps they might be worth a go.