MSI Caught Red-Handed Scalping GeForce RTX 3080/90 Cards On eBay At Exorbitant Prices
There are trademarks, financial data, websites, and IPs that link MSI and Starlit Partners. No matter how you slice it, MSI has been caught scalping GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs.
Trademarks and Financial PaperworkLooking at the trademark records for Starlit Partner, the group filed for its name in 2016 and is currently owned by MSI Computer Corp. Combing through MSI’s 2019 annual report, we see that MSI Computer Corp is 100% owned by MSI, confirming that the Starlit Partner trademark is also in effect owned by MSI.
Website and IPsThe Starlit Partner website is simple, dated-looking storefront, that when pinged resolves to IP address 220.127.116.11, which is the very same IP of the official MSI website. While this could be an incredible coincidence, the Starlit website has additional links to MSI as if the website designers simply copy-and-pasted some pages from an old MSI site:
- The About Page is titled shop_AboutMSI.aspx in the URL.
- The sitemap shows “Sitemap of shop @ MSI”
- Their contact address is the exact same as MSI’s
901 Canada Court
City of Industry, CA 91748
Starlit Partner has been instructed to contact the individual customers who purchased these GPU and offer 2 options - return the product and receive a full refund, or a partial refund of the amount paid over MSI's MSRP.It is likely, though, that Starlit Partner is more than an “individual sales subsidiary,” making MSI implicit in these actions. If a subsidiary is scalping products online, it could poison the fan base and obviously shines a bad light on MSI.
This is still a developing situation, so stay tuned to HotHardware as we wait for more information from those involved.