The fact that often the real winners of the current misery on the graphics card market sit in the chain between the end customer and the manufacturer and not the manufacturers or chip producers are the big sellers is certainly not new, but it is always amazing (and annoying) to see with how much self-confidence the middlemen generate their markups. We know the situation: empty shelves, horrendous prices, long waiting lists and even longer faces of the annoyed end customer.
And yet, every now and then a few examples of the much sought-after graphics hardware turn up on various trading platforms, or there are even 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? As I have already written about, there is also a kind of parallel universe of the normal wholesale trade, where quite legally gaps are filled and stocks change hands without using the conventional distribution and trading channels.
As a reminder, the principle and business field of the so-called hardware brokers is not even new. While such service providers were only known years ago 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 new hardware, broker it and ultimately also deliver it on a binding basis.
Yesterday I received a list that reflects the results of a request for graphics cards and shows the current prices and availability of this platform quite impressively. The low number of units is alarming in that this is also a major intermediate supplier whose “special offer” as a “quick offer” is only very slightly below what the end customer currently finds as the cheapest offer in the price search engines. In the end, only a few euros of margin remain, but these brokers offer delivery security and very tight time frames for the procurement of the hardware.
Interesting in this context are also the prices and quantities for EOL cards like the offered 70 pieces of an ominous XFX Radeon RX 580 GTX XXX Edition 8GB, for which not even an EAN is available (European Article Number) and therefore can not be clearly identified. There is only one model registered as a GTS, so it remains to be seen whether there is a typo here, or an unidentifiable card being offered whose provenance may also be questionable. But usually such sources are not mistaken. For the tracing of such an EAN you can use e.g. the website EAN-Suche(https://www.ean-suche.de/)