That some companies or users buy all the available stock of a product until it runs out and then offer it at a higher price to make money with speculation is something that has always been done. , it is older than a forest, but it is still harmful to the whole area and to the market. Unfortunately neither AMD nor NVIDIA nor the stores can fight it 100%, as the tactics get more and more sophisticated, after the law is cheated … Here are the rough numbers of what is generated, the whole thing. thanks to a program created by Michael Driscoll.
Dizzying figures for users and non-professionals: scalping pays off
Dev.to’s data engineer Michael Driscoll set out to get a rough estimate of what the scalping market is generating, in order to find out how much money resellers have made and most importantly what profit margins they manage to squeeze. hardware such as graphics cards or consoles, thus weighing down the market in general.
To do this, Driscoll took the listings sold on eBay with key searches like new graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA, in addition to the two new consoles from SONY and Microsoft as is. PS5 and Xbox Series X.
So once you have this data and you are aware of the volume generated, you can add the amounts and estimate the volume of money generated, always knowing that eBay is not the only portal available, but it is is a rough estimate. It must be taken into account that the data is not based on actual prices, but on percentages of the MSRP, i.e. the percentage increase of the product over its official price set by the company in customs.
Fugitive prices that reflect the extreme need of users
If we say that an NVIDIA RTX 3080 sells almost immediately on eBay for a 180% from its normal value and missing units then we can already see how is the market and the desperation of many users.
But it is that at the beginning of its release the prices reached 220% for this card, a real madness that many paid. But if in addition to these data we see that the RTX 3090 also reached this figure of 220%
The numbers for the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070 are just as bad: + 165% and + 180% respectively, taking into account that they have been on the market for a short time and their availability has been almost zero from the start. What about the global income figures? Well, according to Driscoll, they got the following numbers according to the products analyzed: $ 8,669,418 with RTX 3090, $ 10,326,885 with RTX 3080, $ 3,321,113 with RTX 3070 and $ 67,636 with RTX 3060 Ti.
Special attention to the RTX 3060 Ti due to the short time on the market. As we can see, this technique is extremely lucrative for those who manage to achieve it, so we are really far from the end …