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Gamer Accidentally Spent $810 On Picture Of Graphics Card Instead Of The Real Thing

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Gamer Accidentally Spent $810 On Picture Of Graphics Card Instead Of The Real Thing

We've probably all purchased the wrong item while shopping online at some point right? Maybe new jeans that weren't quite the right colour or size, or something a little bigger... like the right game for the wrong console. Reading the descriptions properly before buying anything online is pretty damn important - a lesson that cost one poor gamer $810 dollars.

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Over on Reddit, ediblepizza explained that they were shopping around for an RTX 3080, a graphics card that has been out of stock for the last few months. While browsing eBay to see some of the scalper prices (more out of curiosity than anything else), they came across the exact card they were looking for, for just $750. Or so they assumed.

Minecraft RTX
Minecraft RTX

According to the hero of our story, they checked the description to make sure it wasn't a scam. Unfortunately, in their excitement, they failed to notice that it actually said 49kb image in tiny text.

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"The thing is, I knew about this scam, and I read the description," ediblepizza explained. "I guess there was just too much adrenaline rushing through me thinking that this might be my chance to get the graphics card that I didn't take the time to process the fact that it said that."

Having immediately placed the order, they check the description again and finally noticed their mistake. "I looked at it again, and my heart dropped," they wrote. "I've been trying to get a refund, I've filed a dispute with Citi, and am still trying to get my money back. Moral of the story: If it's too good to be true, it probably is."

Other Reddit users were quick to advise ediblepizza, with many assuring them that eBay is usually pretty good with scams like this and that they're almost guaranteed to get their money back. Still, this is a lesson I imagine ediblepizza won't soon forget as they continue their quest to find an RTX 3080. They're lucky they made the mistake on a site like eBay where chasing refunds is relatively quick and painless. Anywhere else, and that $810 might have been gone forever, leaving our poor friend with nothing but a 49kb picture and a heart full of regret.

Featured Image Credit: Nvidia/Vladimir Brest

Topics: News, PC, Nvidia

Ewan Moore
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