Millions of people around the world have been doing their best to get a next-generation GPU, and retailers have tried to figure out ways to beat the robots that have been gathering all their inventory. Newegg uses a lottery system called Newegg Shuffle, where buyers can apply to win one opportunity to buy a 30 series RTX GPU. As you can imagine, few people have been successful on this route. But for a brief happy moment, a boy from Florida (with the help of his father) found a way to avoid the lottery system and get into the hands of a new EVGA RTX 3090.
Unfortunately, none of us can take advantage of this little trick: Newegg has closed the gap, which was to build a custom PC.
Using the site's "Build Your PC" feature, you can select components (such as GPUs) for a custom system; the pieces are displayed as individual items in the shopping cart, allowing you to switch from the lottery system to get hot items that would not otherwise be available. Before Newegg closes the gap, you could delete the items you didn't want and check it with the GPU only instead of a full PC build.
PCMag replicated the solution and added an RTX 3090 to a cart on the mobile before fixing it.
According to Andrew Choi, Newegg's senior brand manager, the "vulnerability only sold a small number of graphics cards. We stopped all subsequent orders." He even thanked the 11-year-old for discovering the feat. Newegg says more than 100,000 people enter lotteries on average.
Ricardo Santana, the boy's father, explains how they resisted the temptation to buy several cards and part of the luck they have had with Newegg's lottery system:
"I thought about buying more, but I don't want to abuse it and I'd like to give other people a chance," he said. PCMag. "I'm thinking they (Newegg) prioritize selling custom versions with the inventory they have for the Shuffle. I'm not sure how many people win the Shuffle, but I've tried the Shuffle so many times and never won."
The current shortage of chips has led to really desperate measures, although on the grand scheme of things, finding a loophole in Newegg's PC building app is far less dramatic than trying to smuggle hundreds of CPUs. at the Hong Kong border grabbing them by the legs.