Saturday, June 25 2022

If you tried to buy Nvidia’s RTX 3050 graphics card from Zotac on launch day, you might have stopped when you saw the final crate price.

A glitch on Zotac’s website briefly bumped the RTX 3050’s shipping prices from $115 to over $1,000, double the cost of the actual GPU.

We saw this play out today when Zotac started offering the Gaming GeForce RTX 3050 Twin Edge OC for $399 around 9am EST. The card was actually stock, unlike the more affordable $249 version, which seems to have sold out in minutes.

But during the checkout process, we noticed the mind-boggling shipping cost to send the GPU to California. Zotac was asking us to pay $115 for ground shipping, $298 for a three-day pick, and up to $1,025 for next day airmail delivery.

Costs only increased if you changed your address location to the East Coast. For Florida, Zotac was asking $166 to send the GPU by ground and nearly $1,400 for airlift the next day.

Zotac website

Fortunately, the error seems to have been a problem. As of 9:30 a.m., the website was showing more reasonable delivery rates with ground shipping around $30. Still, the issue likely prevented some consumers from ordering the RTX 3050 from Zotac on Thursday.

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Around 9:45 a.m., the $399 model finally sold out on the seller’s website. If you’re still looking for the RTX 3050, your best bet is to try Newegg’s Shuffle system, which gives consumers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST to enter the lottery to get the GPU.

Newegg Shuffle offers 10 models that range in price from $249 to $489. The retailer will select the winners in the afternoon, who will have the opportunity to purchase the products before the end of the day.

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