Nvidia’s RTX 4080 GPU has been on the scene recently and we’ve seen stock shortages in the graphics card’s early days – but the good news is that scalpers trying to capitalize on reselling these cards seem to be falling flat on their faces.
As Tom’s hardware (opens in new tab) Reports looking at RTX 4080 GPU sales data on eBay in the US last week have barely changed, so price punters hoping to make a quick profit from them are no doubt starting to panic – and perhaps rethinking their price bet. make money that is currently crashing and burning.
In fact, RTX 4090 graphics cards are outselling RTX 4080s on eBay, according to Tom’s stats, with 3.4 of the former being sold for every RTX 4080 unit traded in. In other words, quadrupling the amount of RTX 4090 graphics cards sold compared to its smaller brother Lovelace.
Tom’s notes that, on average, only eight RTX 4080 GPUs are being sold per day on US eBay, and that’s a far cry from what was seen with the RTX 4090; when the flagship was launched, at its peak it was selling 64 cards daily on the auction site.
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This reflects the general feeling towards the RTX 4080 as a poorly positioned graphics card – almost as expensive as the RTX 4090 in some cases, and yet it doesn’t offer anything like the same levels of performance.
While the RTX 4090 was a profit maker for scalpers (sadly) – reselling at 54% above MSRP in its launch week on eBay – the RTX 4080 is only commanding a 30% premium over MSRP at the moment (and is not really selling big at that level too, as noted above). The RTX 4090 remains at 38% above MSRP currently, even stronger than the newer 4080, and prices for the flagship Lovelace even went up a bit on eBay after the RTX 4080 launched.
That explains some things pretty clearly – the disappointing and poorly received RTX 4080 is certainly helping to boost sales of the RTX 4090, both new graphics cards off the shelves (as we’ve seen with stats elsewhere, the flagship has sold over four times more units than the RTX 4080, approximately) and on eBay.
It’s also a clear lesson for scalpers that just because a shiny new graphics card comes out, it won’t necessarily be a resale gold mine, or even make a lot of profit. Right now with the RTX 4080 models, scalpers will no doubt be looking nervously at the stock change and taking a small loss, perhaps, rather than a bigger loss down the road.
Times seem to be changing, so in terms of manipulating GPU prices for new stocks, it now seems a bit like playing with fire – at least with the RTX 4080. And with any luck, these warning signs might get scalpers thinking twice before getting involved in reselling AMD’s RDNA 3 graphics cards, which may be cheaper than Nvidia’s Lovelace models but will still be expensive beasts. That depends on how early stock levels work out, mind you, and how much volume AMD and its card-making partners can muster – because if GPUs end up being scarce, that’s obviously a ripe recipe for scalping.
Let’s hope some lessons have been learned here, and at least some people who are apparently burning their fingers trying to flip an RTX 4080 for profit might not want to put themselves through that risk or hassle in the future.