Nvidia’s RTX 4080 GPU is only just on the scene, and we’ve seen stock shortages in the early days of the graphics card, but the good news is that scalpers trying to cash in on reselling these cards seem to be falling flat on their face.
What Tom’s Hardware (opens in a new tab) Looking at the sales data for RTX 4080 GPUs on eBay in the US over the past week is reportedly barely changed, so price gouging buyers hoping to make a quick profit are no doubt starting to jump in. in a panic, and perhaps rethinking their money-making tactic that is currently crashing and burning.
In fact, RTX 4090 graphics cards outsell RTX 4080s on eBay, according to Tom’s stats, with 3.4 of the former sold for every RTX 4080 unit swapped out. In other words, it’s selling quadruple the number of RTX 4090 graphics cards compared to its smaller brother Lovelace.
Tom’s notes that, on average, only eight RTX 4080 GPUs are sold per day on eBay US, and that’s a far cry from what was seen with the RTX 4090; when the flagship was released, at its peak it was selling 64 cards per day on the auction site.
Analysis: Reflecting broader sentiments on the disappointing RTX 4080
This reflects the widespread sentiment that exists regarding the RTX 4080 as a poorly positioned graphics card, almost as expensive as the RTX 4090 in some cases, and yet not offering the same levels of performance.
While the RTX 4090 was a profit maker for resellers (sadly), reselling at 54% over MSRP in its launch week on eBay, the RTX 4080 only commands a 30% premium over MSRP right now (and it’s not really selling much at that level either, as noted above). The RTX 4090 stands at 38% above MSRP currently, still stronger than the newer 4080, and prices for Lovelace’s flagship have even risen a bit on eBay following the RTX 4080’s launch.
This explains a couple of things pretty clearly: the disappointing and poorly received RTX 4080 is no doubt helping drive sales of the RTX 4090, both new graphics cards off the shelves (as we’ve seen with stats elsewhere, the ship flagship has sold more than four times as many units as the RTX 4080, roughly), and on eBay.
It’s also a clear lesson to resellers that just because a shiny new graphics card comes out, it won’t necessarily be a reselling gold mine, or even turn a huge profit. Right now, with the RTX 4080 models, scalpers will no doubt be eager to trade stock and take a small loss, perhaps, rather than a bigger loss in the future.
Times seem to be changing, then, in terms of rising GPU prices for new stocks that now feel a bit like playing with fire, at least with the RTX 4080. And with any luck, these warning signs can do Let resellers think twice before getting involved in reselling AMD’s incoming RDNA 3 graphics cards, which may be cheaper than Nvidia’s Lovelace models, but will still be expensive beasts. That depends more on how initial stock levels work out, mind you, and how much volume AMD and its card-making partners can muster, because if GPUs turn out to be in short supply, that’s obviously a recipe ripe for scalping.
Hopefully, though, some lessons have been learned here, and at least some people who are apparently burning their fingers trying to trade an RTX 4080 for profit don’t want to take this risk or hassle in the future.