On that note, it makes me kick myself that I didn't get two 3060 Ti FE cards the first time I went to Best Buy for one. I was pretty much the last person in line, and they had maybe 8 cards left. One lady asked if she could just get back in line, and the workers didn't care as long as everyone that was there to get one at least got one. Ever since that time, it has been much harder to get one from Best Buy.
I will reply to this, then steer us back on topic.
Your regret is shared by many from shortly before C19 monkey wrenched everything. And why I get mildly annoyed with the "wait" advice so often dispensed by our crowd. Long hair Steve of GN told everyone not to panic buy
back when this all first started. That advice aged like warm milk.
On the 3050: In the fantasy league where the old normal existed. This would have been a cool 1660 Super replacement price wise - 8GB of ram and RTX on a budget card like that, would have been a big hit. But the reality is, that this is exactly what I surmised - Have to win it in the shuffle or hit a retail drop on point to buy one without getting fleeced. Even then, overpriced, but good enough in this market.
I am not accepting the sales pitch or excuses for it though. Putting 8GB on it guaranteed it would suffer the same fate as every other 8GB card. And reviewers feigning ignorance with the "We don't know how much it is going to actually cost" nonsense is also laughable. I, a mental midget, knew it would be $400 and up add to cart. A few went so far as to explain how it was still a deal, especially v. the 6500xt at 1440p. Madness, absolute lunacy. How about we compare it to the 6600, the real competition in the price bracket?