I feel like mining is a higher % of all sales than some people think. Only cards efficient for mining are selling well (read when the price isn't ridiculous then are disappearing from the store in 1h). All other models are available in stores ... but we can already see a shortage of all models and prices are again going up. Prices in the EU and availability were even acceptable for many models for maybe 2 months. When RX6600XT was released then it cost about 20-30% less than it costs in the new deliveries. The same RX6700XT or Nvidia LHR models were already 20% cheaper than they are in the fresh deliveries. You can see how various brands are going up in all stores looking at price checker websites (I'm checking in the EU so can't say much about the US). RTX3070Ti after release could be found for ~820 EUR(inc VAT), now you can't find it below ~1100 EUR. Tomorrow I will probably get a white Strix RTX3070 which cost me ~900 EUR (inc 23% VAT). All other stores where it's available, have it for 1100 EUR+, and it's barely available.
It's funny but I set on auction my GTX1080Ti a couple of days ago and the auction ends today. I thought it's a good time to sell it. I highly doubt that some gamers are bidding when for about the same price can get new RX6600XT or RTX3060 which is about the same for gaming while having a lower hash rate.
What is weird for me is that people are talking about the crisis, problems because of covid, problems with jobs, high local inflation and other things like that ... and they jump on every new and highly overpriced electronics or buy expensive other things like cars, etc. much more than ~2 years ago. In Poland is not going well but somehow in this very large IT market, everything sells as long as the price is not really ridiculous like 70% above MSRP. In this situation, I see no reason why graphics cards or other electronics prices should go down ... it's selling great so who would lower profits? It's a great situation for all manufacturers.
I bought a couple amd RX 6600XT's for a system I built for someone. Paid 499.00 plus tax about three weeks ago.
Today they are around 800.00 plus on Newegg. I can't afford to build myself a system like that and i'm pretty sure most of the people I built systems for over the last ten years would not pay for a system like that. I bought a couple gtx1050's for around 139.00 a couple years ago and now they are around 300.00 and those are generally not used for mining.. I just hope there can be a solution that separates mining and gaming and design type work at some point.
False desperation? Example: OMG my 2080Ti wont play XYZ game 4k @ 240fps!I still maintain that if people had the willpower to not pay ludicrous prices for this stuff, the prices would go down and everyone as a whole would win. I can't even imagine paying 1K+ for a non-flagship card. I don't understand how there's shortages with prices being so high. Maybe I'm just more of a pinch-penny than I thought I was?
False desperation? Example: OMG my 2080Ti wont play XYZ game 4k @ 240fps!
I thought I was crazy for paying $760 for my 3080. I was looking for a $400 3070. I cannot imagine spending over $1,000 for a 3070 now. $1,500+ for a 3080Ti? Ouch.
Actually, if you dig deep enough and know where to look for then you can buy both, Nvidia and AMD from popular retailers. All that matters is to know where and when to order.
At this rate, I'll never get a new gpu. Ain't noway in hell I'm going to pay double MSRP. My gaming days are slowly coming to an end