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GPU Pricing Index: Tracking eBay Sadness

Mar 20 – Mar 30, 2021

This is the first week when we had to rethink our eBay tracking. Previously, we used eBay scraping to get at the data in an automated fashion, but our script gets hit with a captcha check and fails now. The data is still out there, so we've resorted to manual checks. Here's the data from the end of March.

Ampere and RDNA2 GPUs: eBay Pricing

Graphics CardAverage eBay PriceQTY Sold
GeForce RTX 3090$3,016374
GeForce RTX 3080$2,177437
GeForce RTX 3070$1,357818
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti$1,298254
GeForce RTX 3060 12GB$931395
Radeon RX 6900 XT$1,87496
Radeon RX 6800 XT$1,588103
Radeon RX 6800$1,32461
Radeon RX 6700 XT$984301

The good news is that without the ability to (easily) scrape data from eBay, we're condensing everything down to the above table. It doesn't show pricing trends over time, but it's readily apparent that all of the latest generation GPUs continue to sell at extremely inflated prices.

Nvidia's RTX 3090 sits at double its launch price, and that's the best we get from Team Green — at least in terms of relative pricing. The RTX 3080 costs three times the official launch price of $700, while the RTX 3070 costs 2.7 times the MSRP, RTX 3060 Ti is 3.2X, and RTX 3060 sits at 2.8 times the supposed launch prices.

AMD does a bit better, with the RX 6900 XT sitting at 1.9 times the nominal $1,000 launch price. The remaining RDNA2 GPUs are all about 2.1–2.4 times their respective MSRPs, with the RX 6700 XT being the 'best' option.

The above data mostly correlates with what we see in terms of Ethereum mining potential. RTX 3090 is about twice the performance of the RTX 3060 Ti / RTX 3070, for example. That doesn't hold up entirely, however, as the RX 6800, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6900 XT all deliver similar hash rates of around 64MH/s but still vary in price, while the RX 6700 XT only manages about 46MH/s but costs proportionately more.

The other thing to note is the quantity sold. Surprisingly, to us at least, the RTX 3060 12GB hasn't made as much of a splash on eBay. The RTX 3070 remains far and away the most popular GPU on eBay, and in the past ten days around 2,275 Nvidia Ampere cards have been sold. For AMD, the RX 6700 XT sold more cards alone than the other three RDNA2 GPUs, with AMD Big Navi in total amassing 561 sales.

Weekly Summary: Still Extremely Overpriced

Bank vault for GPU Pricing Index

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

GPU prices on eBay remained relatively stable, which means they're still far more than we'd recommend anyone pay. The continued impact of mining profitability means there's no end in sight right now. Over the past ten days, we've seen prices decline and then head back on up cryptocurrencies.

The arrival of AMD's RX 6700 XT and Nvidia's RTX 3060 12GB hasn't done much to improve the availability of graphics cards, which isn't surprising since the previous generation GPUs could match their performance and those all sold out as well. Check back next week and we'll see if the situation has improved at all. (Spoiler: We're not expecting things to get better any time soon.)

Flip to the next page for a look at historical charts going back three months. (eBay doesn't provide public data going back further, unfortunately.)

  • Kridian
    "The most desirable cards are now selling for close to triple their official launch prices."And THAT my friends, is why we don't buy sh*t on eBay (aka: Scalper's Haven).
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  • exploding_psu
    Me blindly buying a second-hand Vega 56 above MSRP years ago didn't look so bad now
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  • Sat32
    This scalping <Mod Edit> needs to end and Nvidia, ASUS, EVGA, MSI, Sony could stop this if they wanted to in a second.
    Years ago I ended up with a DVD exercise program P90 I think, since I didn't want it I listed it on ebay took about 15 minutes for the add to be pulled for copyright infringement.
    I wasn't a authorized dealers and P90 was there copyrighted trademark like Nvidia, ASUS, EVGA, MSI, Sony are all copyrighted trademarks so they do have the ability to stop this.
    People should be able to sell there stuff on ebay and make money but not in this way sucking everything up from every retailer amplifying the shortages for there own benefit.
    Nvidia could simply ask for every add that uses there copyrighted trademarks more then 10% above MSRP pulled down the scalping and bots would disappear overnight.
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  • ThisIsMe
    Only eBay can stop this in a heartbeat. All they have to do is ban people from selling new graphics cards or game consoles or whatever for 6 months. That’s it. People need to wise up and boycott eBay altogether until they wise up.
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  • excalibur1814
    You know what else needs to stop, on eBay? 0 feedback accounts.

    I've been watching Nikon Z6 auctions for over a month and EVERY single one is bid up to around £850. EVERY. Single.One. All tech item prices are seemingly being inflated and that benefits oems, eBay and share holders. It's annoying. It's obvious. It's so obvious, yet most threads are full of people shouting that it isn't an issue and that there's nothing going on.

    Yeah, okay.
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  • LolaGT
    It used to be really easy to track on auction sites with a little detective work.
    It has been many years now since ebay hid the bidding IDs so it was almost impossible to confirm it, and of course now that you can't see the obvious, it doesn't happen as far as ebay is concerned.


    Shill bidding in auctions is the deliberate placing bids on the seller's behalf to artificially drive up the price of his auctioned item. Shill bidding has been known to occur in auctions of high-value items like art and antiques where bidders' valuations differ and the seller's payoff from fraud is high.
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  • Clarence_Darrow
    ThisIsMe said:
    Only eBay can stop this in a heartbeat. All they have to do is ban people from selling new graphics cards or game consoles or whatever for 6 months. That’s it. People need to wise up and boycott eBay altogether until they wise up.

    Ebay makes far too much money to ever do this willingly.
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  • daworstplaya
    Clarence_Darrow said:
    Ebay makes far too much money to ever do this willingly.

    ^This!
    Honestly in this climate MS and Sony should just stop selling their consoles for a loss and sell the consoles for a higher price themselves and keep the profits vs allowing these low life scalpers (aka leeches) to make a quick buck.

    GPUs are a different story though, what needs to happen is for all the Cryptocurrency servers to be shut down in China and where ever else they are currently running. Kill Crypto and this whole thing goes away. There is absolutely no reason from Crypto currency ponzi scheme to exist.
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  • blacknemesist
    At least mining is getting diminished returns, hopefully it keeps dropping more and more and not only do they stop buying they will need to sell them to cut their losses.
    I would be happy if all gamers boycotted the 3xxx series just to let crypto crappers suffer all the losses but that isn't going to happen,
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  • Sat32
    Ebay is making money off the scalpers there is no reason for them to stop it. On the other hand Nvidia and it's vendors are dealing with pissed off customers and losing sales with tie in sales. I suggested a solution to this issue one call from one of Nvidia's lawyers letting ebay, stock-x, Facebook market place know if there products are sold on there sites all sellers will need to be authorized resellers. or they can expect legal action seeking damages for copyright infringment
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