Phil had a single goal in mind: buy the fancy new RTX 3080 graphics card from Nvidia. An IT professional and indie developer, Phil's work is made easier with the latest graphics tech. The problem for Phil, who asked to keep their identity anonymous to avoid drawing attention to their work and is using a pseudonym to participate in this story, is that the RTX is sold out everywhere. Nvidia doesn't expect to be able to keep up with demand until well into 2021.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qj4gjm/how-sneaker-bots-snatched-up-all-the-ps5s-and-3080s