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I can not speak for other retailers out there but Massdrop is not tricking anyone here and certainly not jacking up the prices and we would never do that. We are community first and always will be.
There is a couple of reason why there is a shortage and also such a high demand of cards.
First the shortage.
All new cell phones coming out by Apple and Samsung (and others) last year started using the same memory manufacturing channels as graphics cards makers. Apple and Samsung are willing to pay more for this memory to make sure they get it first and all of it that they need. This has created a shortage of memory for the much smaller companies like MSI, Gigabyte, Asus, and EVGA to make graphics cards.
Next the demand
This is obvious as the mining craze thats been going on has created a huge demand in the market as miners are goblin up just about every card available on earth.
These two things combined has just made it a tough time for any system builder out there that just wants a card or two for their rig.
The pricing in the market will most likely continue to go up through Q3 of this year most likely before we start seeing any type of relief. So, unfortunately the end to this is not right around the corner and we have not seen the worst of it yet.
Let me finish by telling everyone on Massdrop this. I will continue to list graphics cards that I can for the community if I am able to offer a competitive price. Also, as I have mentioned in other graphics cards drops we are selling this for right above our cost just barely covering back end expenses.
Why should Massdrop offer these cards above MSRP? Well, there are still customers who want to build computers now and not wait 6, 9, 12 months for the market to stabilize. So as long as I can bring them a better deal than what is currently available I will continue to do so. That being said MSRP is kind of out the window at this point so keep your eye on market price VS Massdrop as you will not see any cards out there anywhere close to MSRP for a while to come.
Why put a limit on them if that is the price you are going with?
The limit on the drop is the quantities we have available to sell. There are not an endless supply of cards available and we only get allocated a specific amount of product on each drop.
You're definitely offering the best market prices. What sucks most for me is I just did the mobo + 1080 graphic card drop and this drop for just the card seems much better priced.
But lets say I buy them all myself. Does it matter?
its limit 2 per customer and multiple transactions will be cancelled.
If your talking about the combo drop that went live today, it has been taken down and transactions cancelled. Please rejoin this drop so you don't miss out.
It was the drop a couple weeks ago with the 1060, 1070, and 1080. Just got in the mail yesterday. Just bummed that I could have gotten a better price on this drops 1080 while choosing the Mobo I wanted instead of settling on the Ultra that was combined.
Personally, I want to thank you for the candid response. There seem to be a rash of people on this site who like to accuse price gouging or expect a company to take a loss, just to make themselves feel better. It's sad, really. You are handling it well.
Thank you! I appreciate that.
Thank you for saying this. Way too many people on here lately who seem to have forgotten the whole point of Massdrop...
Also, thank you for sharing what Nvidia told you about the pricing forecast. Most consumers would never hear such insider info, so that is very much appreciated, especially for first-time builders like me who FINALLY have enough to build a rig, and... well... here we are.
Anyway, thanks Hutch and MD!