Ebay scalpers are making bank on the DDR5 RAM shortages

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Graphics cards aren’t the only things selling at ridiculous prices this holiday season. The ongoing DDR5 shortage has led to an influx of scalpers selling new RAM on eBay for up to six times the retail price.

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A search of full auctions on eBay reveals that some DDR5 RAM kits have been purchased for higher than the normal asking price. Take the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB bundle, for example. Retail price is $339.99, but has sold out for multiple eBay listings $2,399.99 and $2,500 . like prices, Note that this sale could to mislead; Buyers can still cancel orders, and if we’re conspiring, we might even suggest that some unscrupulous buyer is making these sales on their own to heat up demand. But the number of listings sold which is even more than three times the normal price suggests that at least some of these kits are selling at wildly inflated prices. A look at other DDR5 sticks shows similar results, such as Vital 32GB set,


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eBay’s TeraPeek tool lets you see the average selling price for certain items. The average selling price peaked at $2,500 over the weekend, but has since dropped sharply to $595. Even if you scroll through the list of sold items, you’ll see that many listings are going for at least twice what it should be worth. It is possible that the price will continue to decline, but for now, it is difficult to tell given the spikes in recent days.

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DDR5 RAM is supported only by Intel’s newly-released Alder Lake CPUs. They’re incredibly impressive CPUs and they’re in stock, which means people buying them probably haven’t been able to get their hands on the RAM to go with them. The problem is that newer RAM modules use PMICs (Power Management Integrated Circuits) to handle power management directly on the sticks rather than on the motherboard. The addition of this new component has resulted in its own supply chain problems, production disruptions and price hikes.

You can’t find DDR5 RAM on any retailer’s site at this time, so eBay seems like the only answer. But that’s not quite: DDR4 RAM is still perfectly fine, even with an Alder Lake CPU. DDR4 ram is still abundant and you won’t have to pay a price for it. Some Z690 motherboards that support Elder Lake CPUs support DDR4 RAM, so if you want to make this upgrade, you don’t have to look far.

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