Right, one of the things driving continued markups is Fear Of Missing Out: if you can't have exactly what you want, you settle for whatever you can buy, then treat it as some mysterious myrrh-covered substance only suited for bartering your way up-the chain. Just look at assholes on our own fs/ft forum only doing trades with parts they never needed:Demand greatly exceeds supply, People capitalize on that and bot /scalp a large chunk of the supply at massive price hikes. The suppliers have done little to prevent this , or have continued to fail if they are trying, and so the consumer base is frustrated and angry. I get that. From AMD/Nvidia 's point of view everything being made is selling instantly and its not a bad place to be. If this costs sales or customers down the road that remains to be seen. At the end of the day its all a shit show and maybe its the Dad in me but I'm not mad.. I'm disappointed.
To everyone who is truly upset about not being able to get the new hotness.. Don't be. Just sit it out and find something else to do while it plays out. Its not worth your time, energy and certainly your mental health.
They can wait weeks to hook idiots on Ebay for 2x msrp, (while they skate around the "no scalping" rules here by ONLY offering trades for other mythical things). Either way, they get what they want (either a trade, or enough money to buy exactly what they wanted through someone-else's markup) while sitting on new inventory for a month , further driving price! They can't possibly lose money on their purchase (only their time)!
When you were already planning on spending the money, you can definitely afford buying-in