Good news: nobody wants to buy the RTX 4080 from scalpers

That’s good news for most of us today, but not for scalpers. Usually, when Nvidia releases a new graphics card, everything is messy and the GPU is sold out for a while after the original release date. Scalpers are at least partly to blame for this, as they buy up the GPUs and then send them back into the wild at an inflated price. This happened on both the RTX 4090 and the RTX 4080.

However, the RTX 4080 doesn’t seem to be quite as popular as the Nvidia flagship. Based on eBay sales data, scalpers may indeed be struggling to make a profit from the new GPU, and the GPU market as a whole may have something to do with it.

Three RTX 4080 cards sit on a pink background.
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Nvidia’s RTX 4080 was released just last week, and of course both regular users and scalpers were ready to buy the GPU as soon as it was released. However, when a new Nvidia GPU first hits the market, it often has inflated prices and tight availability for a while. This time the GPU is available from online retailers such as and .

The prices depend on the model; There are some crazy options priced at $2,400 and up, but there are also cards near the MSRP that unlike scalpers are available at regular retailers. This seemingly reduced interest in the GPU is sure to hit scalpers, who often capitalize on the fact that customers want to get their new GPU at the moment and don’t want to wait for supplies.

Tom’s Hardware looked at the sales figures on eBay. The platform is the go-to place for scalpers, and while these numbers won’t tell us the full story, they do speak volumes about the kind of hype scalpers can count on for the RTX 4080.

According to the data, the RTX 4080 is not selling well at all on eBay, especially when compared to the RTX 4090. The flagship is selling the RTX 4080 at 3.4 to 1, and only eight RTX 4080s are being sold per day US This is the card’s first week since launch, so we can compare that to the RTX 4090, which sold around in the first week 64 units sold per day.

On average, an RTX 4080 sold on eBay costs around 30% more than the recommended list price. In contrast, the RTX 4090 surged 54% above MSRP in its first week on sale. As it stands now, scalpers are not making much profit with the RTX 4080.

The PNY RTX 4080 XLR8 installed in a PC.
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The RTX 4090 performs better than its younger sister. Both cards were expensive (and arguably overpriced) from the start, but given the RTX 4080’s pricing, the RTX 4090 can be seen as a better deal, despite being pricey. If anything, the launch of the RTX 4080 could persuade more people to buy an RTX 4090, driving sales of the flagship up rather than down.

On the downside, people might not want to buy GPUs right now — or so it seems, based on Jon Peddie Research’s latest GPU sales report. The GPU market as a whole is seeing some big losses this quarter.

Graphics card sales, both integrated and discrete, declined 10.5% quarter-over-quarter and a whopping 25.1% year-over-year. Sales of desktop GPUs fell 15.43%. The worst drop of all was notebook GPU shipments – down 30%, the most significant drop since the 2009 recession.

While this is bad news for the market as a whole, it’s good news for those of us hoping to build or buy a new PC soon. With the GPU shortage long gone, we’re now looking at a plethora of cards, and previous-gen offerings are well-priced. As for the current gen, Nvidia’s GPUs are pricey to begin with, but AMD may be able to shake things up with the upcoming RX 7900 XTX.

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