Graphics card inventory has been in disarray for over half a yr with no signal of stabilising any time quickly. Each Nvidia and AMD state that they’re unable to maintain up with the unusually excessive demand, however even when inventory does attain shops, scalper bots are on the prepared to purchase out the best graphics cards and resell them on websites like eBay and StockX for inflated costs. As you possibly can think about, it’s been vastly worthwhile for those who swipe up the provision, making as a lot as $15.2 million.
Information engineer Michael Driscoll has been monitoring the scenario carefully, together with his report (via PCMag) highlighting some fairly loopy statistics.As we’d gathered by Amazon listings day-after-day, it’s not simply the RTX 3000 collection being hunted by scalpers, as earlier era playing cards haven’t been secure both. The truth is, all Nvidia generations going again to the 900 collection have been promoting for greater than 33-100% of their costs earlier than the RTX 3080 launched again in September 2020.
Throughout eBay and StockX, there’s been a complete of $61.5m resales of Ampere playing cards, and it’s not simply the scalpers which might be benefiting; Driscoll calculated that eBay, Paypal, and StockX mixed made $6.8m in sellers charges hooked up to scalper listings.
Driscoll calculated that the median costs of Ampere playing cards over time exhibits no signal of inflated costs dropping any time quickly, and with each AMD and Nvidia suggesting stock will continue to be an issue for a few months, that appears seemingly.
The RTX 3080 by far made the most important revenue for scalpers, with $6.3m made for scalpers, and being offered for a median worth close to double its MSRP; $1300, in comparison with the discharge worth of $699.
So we actually wouldn’t advocate blowing cash on these scalper costs. For those who can maintain out together with your rusty previous GPU for a couple of extra months, you’ll be capable to get a significantly better deal. Or you possibly can have your F5 button on the prepared for the launch of the RTX 3060 subsequent month…