GPU Prices 2023: July Update

Three Months of Data

A look back at the earlier days of the shortages calendar

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Weekly trends are nice, but what about the past several months? We gathered that data, from mid-December through mid-March, which we're presenting with very limited commentary here. 62 GPUs, showing what we've all been watching since the middle of last year: Increasing prices. The latest Ampere and RDNA2 GPUs are particularly painful to look at, though Turing and RDNA1 aren't any better. We have additional data collected on the Ampere and RDNA2 cards, going back to their original launch dates in some cases.

Unfortunately, our scraping broke (by eBay) in March, so this was the last time it was practical to gather this data. We're leaving it here for historical purposes.

Ampere and RDNA2 Graphics Cards

Turing and RDNA1 Graphics Cards

Pascal, Vega, and Polaris Graphics Cards

Legacy GPUs and Titans (and Consoles!)

So, there you have it: Every GPU we looked at shot up in prices over the past 90 days — which is even worse when you consider many of the GPUs were already overpriced from the previous 90 days.

There's some good news, maybe: As recent pricing increased on the Ampere and RDNA2 graphics cards, the number of GPUs sold on eBay dropped off. Perhaps there just aren't as many cards being sold (on eBay, anyway). Hopefully, it's that fewer people are willing to pay these incredibly inflated prices.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles are also trending down more quickly than GPUs, which makes sense as they can't be used for cryptomining (yet?). Considering the latest gen consoles cost hundreds of dollars less than even the budget RTX 3060 and RX 6700 XT right now, gamers looking to upgrade might be better off going that route — or just keep using what you already have in your PC, and wait for the current mining madness to end.

We also wonder how many cards have been sold on eBay, only to be sold again at higher prices later. Considering eBay takes a healthy cut on each sale, there's no question the company has greatly profited by all of these console and GPU sales.

Jarred Walton

Jarred Walton is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on everything GPU. He has been working as a tech journalist since 2004, writing for AnandTech, Maximum PC, and PC Gamer. From the first S3 Virge '3D decelerators' to today's GPUs, Jarred keeps up with all the latest graphics trends and is the one to ask about game performance.

  • 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).
  • Exploding PSU
    Me blindly buying a second-hand Vega 56 above MSRP years ago didn't look so bad now
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • daworstplaya
    Clarence_Darrow said:
    Ebay makes far too much money to ever do this willingly.

    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.
  • 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,
  • 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