Crypto miners could soon flood eBay with cheap CPUs, motherboards and SSDs acquired via GPU bundle purchases ↺
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PC DIY sources close to DigiTimes are reporting that second-hand sale platforms like eBay could get flooded with sealed computer components in the second half of 2021. The primary source for these components would be crypto miners that are now forced to buy GPUs bundled with all sorts of additional components.
In order to prevent scalpers and crypto miners from immediately depleting the entire GPU stock, online retailers are enforcing special deals that bundle one graphics card together with other PC components like a processor, motherboard and SSD. The problem with such policies is that they also make it harder for the average consumer to obtain the GPUs at decent prices. Even if the GPU is somehow priced close to MSRP, the consumer still needs to pay for the bundled PC component in addition. Crypto miners and scalpers are not really affected by these measures, as they remain the key buyers for anything that includes a GPU.
However, crypto miners are really only interested in the GPUs, so everything that is bundled with the graphics cards should be getting dumped on eBay and similar sites. Starting with the second half of 2021, we could be seeing massive offloads for CPUs, motherboards and SSDs at prices that may be considerably lower than the market prices set by brand vendors.
According to DigiTimes, many motherboard and GPU makers are already aware of this possibility as they are closely monitoring the status of the second-hand market and also planning to negotiate with channel retailers to somehow change the bundle policies.