The street prices of Nvidia and AMD GPUs are utterly out of control – The Verge5 min read

https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/23/22345891/nvidia-amd-rtx-gpus-price-scalpers-ebay-graphics-cards

You may have heard theres a global semiconductor lack going on, and that PC graphics cards in particular are nearly impossible to find. What you probably havent heard is that the circumstance has actually steadily been growing even worse– to the point some GPUs deserve triple their MSRP.
Above, youll see a picture of two graphics cards, the $499 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 and the $579 AMD Radeon RX 6800. In December, I calculated that the true street rate of these cards had actually reached $819 and $841, respectively, or $1,660 for the pair.
That very exact same image now includes $2,570 worth of GPUs. Thats not the asking rate, mind you; individuals are really paying over $1,200 on the free market, usually, for each of these graphics cards. Which isnt even as bad as it gets.
This past week, I ran the PS5, Xbox Series X, and each of Nvidias and AMDs brand-new graphics cards through an open-source eBay scraper tool to figure out how much theyre worth on average over a seven-day period (big thanks to data analyst Michael Driscoll), then invested a handful of hours verifying the outcomes and weeding out phonies.
TL; DR: while the PS5 and Xboxes have in fact cooled down a bit, youll pay double, even triple for a brand-new AMD or Nvidia GPU.

GPU, PS5, Xbox street costs: March 2021

Market price

$ 2,076.

Street Price (Dec 2020).

Nvidia RTX 3090.

$ 2,985.

Street Price (Mar 2021).

$ 1,499.

Market price.

Item.

Street Price (Mar 2021).

Street Price (Dec 2020).

Current value.

Present worth.

Item

1.99 x.

Nvidia RTX 3080.

$ 699.

$ 1,227.

$ 2,160.

3.09 x.

$ 819.

$ 499.

$ 1,239.

Nvidia RTX 3070.

2.48 x.

$ 675.

$ 1,226.

Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti.

$ 399.

3.07 x.

$ 329.

Nvidia RTX 3060.

N/A.

$ 828.

2.5 x.

Did not check.

$ 1,841.

AMD RX 6900 XT.

$ 999.

1.84 x.

AMD RX 6800 XT.

$ 649.

$ 1,555.

$ 1,232.

2.4 x.

$ 1,331.

$ 841.

AMD RX 6800.

$ 579.

2.3 x.

$ 1,169.

N/A.

AMD RX 6700 XT.

$ 479.

2.4 x.

$ 1,024.

$ 499.

PS5 (disc).

$ 833.

1.66 x.

$ 754.

$ 399.

$ 990.

PS5 (digital).

1.88 x.

Xbox Series X.

$ 805.

$ 835.

$ 499.

1.61 x.

$ 471.

Xbox Series S.

$ 432.

$ 299.

1.45 x.

RX 6700 XT is based upon five, not seven days of eBay sales considering that its brand-new.

Frankly, Im unsure which numbers are the most incredible here. Is it that the apparently $329 RTX 3060 brings over $800 usually, or that the RTX 3090 and 3080 are each worth $900 more than they were simply 3 months ago? Or possibly is it that my own 3060 Ti, which I finally handled to grab for its list price of $399 after months of attempting, could cost $1,200 now?
I likewise took a look at just the number of these items are actually getting sold on eBay, which can give you an idea of simply how skewed the supply/ demand formula is. For instance: over a seven-day duration, eBay moved 5,284 PS5 consoles, and yet a lot of PS5s that were listed didnt sell. PS5 scalping is becoming less profitable, eBays getting flooded, and things are decreasing.

How many PS5s, Xboxes, and GPUs changed hands?

# of listings.

# of listings.

Item.

PS5 (disc).

Product.

3651.

PS5 (digital).

1633.

Xbox Series X.

1518.

Xbox Series S.

960.

Nvidia RTX 3090.

372.

Nvidia RTX 3080.

384.

Nvidia RTX 3070.

505.

Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti.

141.

Nvidia RTX 3060.

782.

AMD RX 6900 XT.

106.

AMD RX 6800 XT.

107.

AMD RX 6800.

83.

AMD RX 6700 XT.

98.

Yet on the PC GPU side of things, its the opposite. Each and every single GPU seems to be selling unless theyre noted well above the typical sale rate, and there are a valuable few of them to walk around– just 83 of AMDs RX 6800 and 141 of Nvidias RTX 3060 Ti changed hands during the same seven-day period as far as I can tell. Theres nothing here to recommend scalping will slow anytime soon.
Whether its a response to the Trump tariffs or an outright attempt to get a piece of the action, the GPUs that I really do briefly see for sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and the Neweggs of the world are typically far, far above the costs that AMD and Nvidia suggest, like an $840 RTX 3070 or a $900 RX 6800. The average list rate for a $329.99 RTX 3060 was $471 on launch day.

And yet when that $330 video card that you purchase for $540 might get scalped for $830, its hard to be surprised when MSI and Newegg choose they want to extract a couple hundred dollars of that for themselves.
The question, as always, is when AMD and Nvidia are going to have the ability to produce more than a trickle of brand-new graphics cards to address this pent-up demand, and Im afraid the tea leaves arent looking particularly great. AMDs guarantee of making “substantially more GPUs offered” and routinely revitalizing stock at its own website havent made a significant dent up until now. And while Nvidia previously cautioned that it may take till late April for things to reverse, Digitimes now states sources at graphics card producers expect Nvidias 30-series GPUs to remain in short supply through the 3rd quarter of 2021.

RX 6700 XT is based upon five, not 7 days of eBay sales because its brand-new.

Is it that the supposedly $329 RTX 3060 fetches over $800 on average, or that the RTX 3090 and 3080 are each worth $900 more than they were just three months ago? Every single GPU seems to be selling unless theyre noted well above the average sale cost, and there are a valuable few of them to go around– simply 83 of AMDs RX 6800 and 141 of Nvidias RTX 3060 Ti changed hands throughout the same seven-day duration as far as I can inform. Whether its a reaction to the Trump tariffs or a blatant attempt to get a piece of the action, the GPUs that I in fact do quickly see for sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and the Neweggs of the world are typically far, far above the rates that AMD and Nvidia recommend, like an $840 RTX 3070 or a $900 RX 6800. The concern, as constantly, is when AMD and Nvidia are going to be able to produce more than a drip of brand-new graphics cards to address this suppressed demand, and Im afraid the tea leaves arent looking especially excellent. And while Nvidia formerly alerted that it may take till late April for things to turn around, Digitimes now states sources at graphics card makers anticipate Nvidias 30-series GPUs to remain in short supply through the 3rd quarter of 2021.

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