Obnoxious GeForce RTX 4080 scalper prices close in on double Nvidia's MSRP of US$1,199 on launch day
It appears the lack of stock of the GeForce RTX 4080 graphics card on its launch day has already created a seller’s market for scalpers, who have taken to sites such as eBay to sell their particular SKUs. While there are quite a few units from Gigabyte and Nvidia (Founders Edition) listed for stomach-churning prices of around US$1,699.99-US$1,799.99, the premium cards from partners such as MSI and Asus have hit gut-punch levels that are well beyond US$2,000.
It is worth saying now that it is individual buyers setting these prices and not Nvidia or any of its partners mentioned above. However, with Team Green setting the launch MSRP for the GeForce RTX 4080 at a controversial US$1,199 and then apparently not having enough stock to go around anyway, it was only a matter of time before scalpers started taking advantage of the situation. At the time of writing, there are separate listings on eBay for an MSI GeForce RTX 4080 Gaming X Trio and an Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 OC priced at US$2,350. That’s almost double the MSRP.
While those are the currently highest-priced RTX 4080 cards on the site, there are plenty sitting in the listings with prices over US$2,000. These include one of the Nvidia Founders Edition GeForce RTX 4080 units, which was posted at US$2,099.99 or best offer. They make a Gigabyte RTX 4080 Gaming OC card look like a steal in comparison, despite the seller requesting US$1,400 for it. It seems likely that it won’t be long before prices advance beyond 2x MSRP, as there are many reports of major retailers running out of stock of GeForce RTX 4080 cards.