@MSFSRonS, actually, they can.
There is undeniably a worldwide shortage of chips, and not just the ones that run our GPUs. I saw a news article the other day that said that someone, I don’t remember if it was Ford themselves, some distributor, or even a single dealer (though I doubt the latter) had 15,000 F-150s just sitting on a lot somewhere that were done and ready to sell. Except for whatever chip(s) they require that they cannot get. We recently leased a new Hyundai Tucson for my wife, and we only barely managed to get one for the same reason.
We actually missed out on her first choice because they lacked enough chips to build more of them and ran out of inventory, but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the Tucson is superior in every way.
So when Nvidia and AMD claim they can’t get enough chips, they are not lying. There are other factors, of course, but the manufacturers can’t control most of them, and I’m talking of course about scalpers, and the people who enable them by buying from them.
The other uncontrollable factor is the whole crypto issue (who will happily buy from scalpers all day long), and while they’re trying to address that by hobbling their products ability to do the math necessary to create crypto, at todays prices, even after the recent losses, it’s still worth it to the miners to use the hobbled GPUs. If/when (it’s inevitable IMNSHO) we get a real market “correction” on the price they’re currently getting, then that may change.
I’m sure they’d love to be able to make enough GPUs to meet demand (after all, having nothing to sell is not a viable business strategy), but because of the chip shortage, they literally can’t build them quickly enough. Greed does play a role, but so far that role has been limited to selling the 3080ti at $1,199 instead of the $999 price everyone was expecting.
But it’s not limiting the total supply available.