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Scalped RTX 4080 GPUs are apparently selling 3x worse than RTX 4090 cards on eBay

Nvidia announced the RTX 4080 on September 20. (Source: eBay/Tom's Hardware,Nvidia-edited)
Nvidia announced the RTX 4080 on September 20. (Source: eBay/Tom's Hardware,Nvidia-edited)
Although the RTX 4080 brings a big performance bump over the RTX 3080, it costs US$500 more for the Founders Edition SKU. Owing to this price bump, reports have suggested that the card isn’t selling as well as the RTX 4090. The latest story comes from Tom’s Hardware which looked at eBay sales for the RTX 4080 since launch and found out that the board is underselling by a factor of 3.4 vs the RTX 4090.

We previously reported that the RTX 4080 supply on release day may have been considerably less than the RTX 4090. But, even with limited stock, there have been rumors that Nvidia’s newest Lovelace card isn’t moving as fast as the RTX 4090, a marked departure from past GPU launches. It now appears that, in addition to retailers, even scalpers are finding it hard to sell their RTX 4080 stock.

Shortly after the RTX 4080 release on November 16, we noted that prices for the RTX 4080 GPUs on eBay were reaching as high as US$1,799.99 for Founders Edition boards and >US$2,000 for premium AIB cards. According to Tom’s Hardware’s analysis of sales data from eBay, these scalped RTX 4080s are selling poorly compared to the RTX 4090.

The RTX 4080 is reportedly selling 3.4 times less than the RTX 4090. So, only one RTX 4080 unit gets sold for every 3.4 RTX 4090 cards moved in a similar period. Tom’s Hardware finds that every 24 hours, scalpers can sell only 8 RTX 4080s vs 64 RTX 4090s. Furthermore, the data indicates that, after the launch of the RTX 4080, eBay sales of the GPU have been steadily decreasing or staying the same.

One possible reason why the RTX 4080 isn’t selling well on eBay is that scalpers appear to be commanding a 30% price markup over the MSRP on average. Per Tom’s Hardware, the RTX 4090, which also has a 38% price increase, is more appealing to consumers at those rates.

Finally, scalpers are also reportedly making slim profits for each RTX 4080 sold. Tom’s Hardware suggests that, since the RTX 4080 prices on eBay are falling from an average of US$1,560, scalpers need to purchase the cards for around US$1,350 to account for unavoidable charges like eBay fees and still make a profit if they sell the card at the average rate. At US$1,350, scalpers only have a few options, such as the US$1,200 FE boards, left in order to make a healthy profit.

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GeForce RTX 4080 sales on eBay. (Source: eBay/Tom's Hardware)
GeForce RTX 4080 sales on eBay. (Source: eBay/Tom's Hardware)

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Tom's Hardware, Teaser image: eBay/Tom's Hardware, Nvidia (edited)

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Fawad Murtaza, 2022-11-24 (Update: 2022-11-24)