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Amazon Japan brings loot boxes to desktop GPUs with a 2% chance of winning an RTX 3000 or Radeon RX 6000 graphics card for ~US$122

Buyers have a 2% chance of winning a current-generation graphics card in Amazon Japan's loot boxes. (Image source: Amazon)
Buyers have a 2% chance of winning a current-generation graphics card in Amazon Japan's loot boxes. (Image source: Amazon)
Desktop graphics card availability remains scarce, with almost all RTX 3000 and Radeon RX 6000 series cards still hard to come by. Amazon has started selling loot boxes in Japan, but people have a far greater chance of winning a GeForce GTX 700 series card than anything from the last five years.
Alex Alderson,

Current generation graphics cards remain as difficult as ever to come by, especially at close to their MSRP. AMD and NVIDIA continue to churn out cards though, such as the RX 6500 XT and the RTX 3080 12 GB. Incidentally, both cards have arrived to mixed responses and for nowhere near MSRP in the RX 6500 XT's case. By contrast, NVIDIA has not even announced an MSRP for the RTX 3080 12 GB.

With the current state of the market in mind, Amazon Japan has decided to allow GPU loot boxes onto its website. Available for JPY 14,000 (~US$122), the loot boxes supposedly contain a graphics card from one of five generations. As the screenshot below shows, the seller claims that there is a 70% chance of people winning a graphics card that is older than the GeForce GTX 900 or AMD Radeon RX 500 series.

Hence, people are likely paying JPY 14,000 (~US$122) for a graphics card released over eight years ago, such as the GeForce GT 710 or the Radeon R9 280X. In comparison, people have less than a 5% chance of winning last-generation graphics cards, such as the RTX 2060 or the RX 5500 XT. Worse still, Amazon Japan does not accept returns for these loot boxes, although this may be against its terms of service. Hopefully, Amazon does not start selling these loot boxes elsewhere.

(Image source: Amazon Japan)
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Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - Senior Tech Writer - 5721 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.
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Alex Alderson, 2022-01-21 (Update: 2022-01-21)