Empty shelves, horrendous prices, long waiting lists and even longer faces of the annoyed end customer. And yet, every now and then a few pieces turn up on various trading platforms or there are also some ready-made PCs with already installed graphics cards for sale. But where do these stocks come from when even the official distributors of the graphics card manufacturers wave them off and lie dry? Not everyone knows that there is also a kind of parallel universe of the normal wholesale trade, where gaps are filled quite legally and stocks change hands without using the conventional distribution and trading channels.
The principle and business field of the so-called hardware brokers is not even new. Whereas years ago such service providers were only known in connection with the liquidation of larger, used hardware inventories of globally active companies such as HP or Dell, these service providers are now increasingly using their own infrastructure and customer inventories to track down, broker and deliver new hardware.
A list was leaked to me today that reflects the results of a request specifically for graphics cards and shows the current prices and availability (stock, expected) of this platform quite impressively. The low number of units is alarming in that this is one of the largest, globally active Eastern European brokers, from which German companies also like to buy. The fact that graphics cards are available at all is of course also due to their prices. Here buys as a company really only, with which the hut burns.
The prices listed are all DAP (Delivered At Place), not customer final prices. In the case of DAP, the seller bears all costs and risks up to the agreed destination, where he makes the goods available on the arriving means of transport, unloaded but ready for unloading. For example, in the case of a truck, the container, trailer or tarpaulin must be open and the view of the cargo must be unobstructed. DAP is therefore also suitable for large-scale transports where the unloading, i.e. take-over, process is best organised by the consignee. However, the actual unloading costs and the risk of unloading shall be borne later by the buyer.
But large-scale transports of graphics cards currently remain a real wishful thinking, because the quantities are homeopathically small. In the case of these smaller quantities, where air freight is also worthwhile, for example, the transport only ends with the unloading. In that case, however, the seller shall also bear the corresponding costs and risks up to that point in time. If problems or costs arise during unloading or import clearance, they shall be borne by the buyer from the agreed delivery time or period.
The current price list from yesterday then looks like this: