I’m going to share our experience dealing with one of Nvidia’s very few authorized resellers. Doubtless this is not the right forum, but it needs to be shared somewhere.
Obviously, getting hands on any Jetson product is nigh impossible, much less the Xavier NX. So when Nvidia’s own web page showed that Seeed Studio had them in stock, we jumped. They were backordered, but promised in a month or so. We thought they must be a trustworthy supplier, so we ordered three.
Couple months pass, promised date passes, and finally the order is cancelled because of lack of stock. Okay, fine, I get it. But MIRACULOUSLY, they are selling the dev board embedded inside of a cheap case and bundled with a $25 SSD and WiFi Antennas. In other words, they are taking the stock they receive, rebundling it, and scalping it. Something that surely must violate their authorized reseller agreement. At least it would for most companies; not sure about Nvidia.
That’s bad, but worse, Seeed emails saying sorry but our order of 3 NX dev boards is cancelled, but we should order these $850 beauties instead. Classic bait and switch scam…from an authorized reseller. Because we really thought we needed it, we order one of their Xavier Scalper editions for $850 plus tax and shipping.
A week later, we get notification that DHL is holding the shipment hostage for an ADDITIONAL $257 in duties. Absolutely no indication from Seeed that we might encounter this; not on the web page, during checkout, or anywhere. DHL says we should be able to refuse to pay and have it sent back. But Seeed refuses to respond to our inquiry, finally just now sending a message saying that we have to pay, otherwise DHL will destroy the package and we’ll be out $1000. We just caved and paid.
SOOOOO, we are now out a whopping $1300 to have an authorized reseller ship us a 2+ year-old, $400 computer. This is just trash-company kind of stuff! We are a VERY cash-strapped, not-for-profit startup run by volunteers and funded by donations, so this hurt. A LOT. I get that these are being scalped on eBay because Nvidia can’t deliver product. But Nvidia now at the very least seems complicit by allowing their resellers to perpetuate this kind of thing.
Regardless, I thought I’d share so that others don’t get trapped by this scam. And perhaps Nvidia may wish to take some action. Unfortunately, our action based on this and 12 months without product availability is likely to eat the (large) sunk development costs and abandon the Jetson platform entirely. We are very sad in many ways.