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NVIDIA RTX 4080: Not a good time for video card scalpers


Once the reselling of video cards guaranteed very high returns, but today even the so-called ‘scalpers’ are in deep difficulty. This was revealed by a report published by the American edition of Tom’s Hardware.


Between 2020 and 2021 video cards disappeared from the market almost instantaneously, ending up on the secondary market, where they were resold for more than double their original price. But now something seems to have broken: video cards are no longer snapped up, and it is often very difficult for scalpers to resell them at a profit.

The analysis focuses on the sales volume of the RTX 4080 , significantly lower than that of the RTX 4090 and in contrast with what was observed with the previous generation, the 4000 series.

Specifically, the sales volume of the RTX 4090 would be more than three times higher than that of the 4080. And this despite the quantity of RTX 4080 made available at launch being less than that of the 4090. Tom’s Hardware’s verdict is clear: the demand for consumers are not there and even scalpers are having a hard time placing stocks of the new GPU. This translates into the need to frequently lower prices, with margins that – thanks to the eBay commissions – are thus increasingly reduced to the bone.


On average, 8 RTX 4080s are placed on eBay every 24 hours. At the same time, scalpers manage to place 64 RTX 4090s. Numbers that are getting worse over time, which suggests a further drop in prices and, probably, a future greater availability of RTX 4080 GPUs through traditional sales channels ( given the low profits made by scalpers).


The decline in demand affects the entire GPU market , which during the third quarter of 2022 recorded the lowest number of sales in the last ten years. During the third quarter of 2022, GPU shipments reached 75.5 million units: a decrease of 10.5% compared to the third quarter of 2021. More specifically: desktop GPU shipments decreased by 15 .43% year over year, while notebooks fell 30%. We talked about it here .



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