Amazon shipped an RTX 3090 Ti graphics card box that was just sand

A Brazilian gamer who paid over $2,600 for a GeForce RTX 3090 Ti received a box from Amazon with lots of sand in it, but no graphics card.

As VideoCardz Reports(Opens in a new window), Mauricio Takeda ordered a Palit GeForce RTX 3090 Ti GameRock graphics card from Amazon on Prime Day. He didn’t get a big discount on the price though, as the card costs 14,500 RBL, which equates to around $2,637. When the package arrived, even though the Palit box was real and sealed, Takeda was suspicious of the weight and therefore recorded the unboxing and shared it as a TikTok video(Opens in a new window).

Sure enough, Takeda’s suspicions were correct and inside the box he found several containers of sand instead of the expected graphics card. This appears to be a classic case of a return scam where someone orders a product, removes it from the packaging, and then sends the box back closed for a refund with enough weight inside to fool the returns staff who handle the goods. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon, but it’s not always sand used to add weight. Sometimes there is a graphics card inside, it’s just not the one you ordered(Opens in a new window).

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Amazon apparently wasn’t very keen on offering Takeda a refund, leading it to file a lawsuit in small claims court. However, it wasn’t until the story became a national headline in Brazil that Amazon responded and set about resolving the complaint. We hope Takeda got their money back as the price of graphics cards dropped significantly and the scam may have saved them quite a bit of money in the end.

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