MSI promises refunds after subsidiary sold RTX 3080 cards at markup on eBay

From The Verge: MSI has admitted that its subsidiary Starlit Partner got access to MSI’s new GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards in “error,” after it was found selling them at huge markups on eBay. After links between the two companies emerged, users on Reddit accused MSI of taking advantage of stock shortages to “scalp” customers with inflated prices via a subsidiary. MSI says that anyone who bought graphics cards over their MSRP from Starlit will be offered the choice of a full or partial refund.

In a statement posted on Twitter, MSI confirmed that Starlit Partner is an “individual sales subsidiary” under the company, and said it usually sells MSI’s “excess inventory and refurbished items.” MSI says Starlit would not normally be given new products like the GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards, but “an error allowed them access to inventory they were not permitted to handle.”

In response, MSI said that Starlit will be contacting anyone that bought a graphics card at an inflated price to offer them a choice of a full refund, or a partial refund of any amount paid over the card’s MSRP. “Moving forward, MSI will enforce a stricter policy to avoid situations like this happening again,” the company says.

Although the listing has since been removed, Starlit Partner appears to have been selling an MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio graphics card for $1,359, almost $600 over its list price of $760. Screenshots of the listing published by VideoCardz show that the card was advertised as being in “new” condition, and that four had been sold. Its eBay page now says the product has been removed from sale “because there was an error in the listing.”

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