RTX 3060 graphics cards are being sold early in Pakistan for more than twice the MSRP

Written by Stuart Thomas on Wed, Feb 10, 2021 4:00 PM

Nvidia’s upcoming RTX 3060 is reportedly launching on February 25th, but Nvidia has yet to publicly confirm an official launch date. Nevertheless, a store in Pakistan is openly selling the new graphics cards a full 16 days early, and at a staggering price increase of over twice the original MSRP.

Prices for graphics cards are rising due to multiple reasons, but unfortunately they don’t seem to be going down at all at the moment, in fact prices seem to be increasing no matter what. ZAH Computers, a store in Pakistan, seems to be a testament to that as they are selling RTX 3060’s for 120,000 PKR (Pakistani Rupees), which is, are you ready for this?... $750.

Yes that’s right, this store is selling official Palit GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards for more than the original MSRP of an RTX 3070 and even some RTX 3080s. To put it into perspective, the RTX 3060’s MSRP is $329, so this puts it at over twice the suggested retail pricing by Nvidia themselves.

Now you may be thinking “okay, but no one is actually buying that are they?” And whilst I wish you were right, apparently the store has already sold multiple units to people who are willing to pay the ridiculous premium cost.

What’s worse is that this store is an official dealer for Palit graphics cards, who themselves are a major AIB partner with Nvidia. Although it’s highly unlikely that Palit themselves made the store sell these cards early and at a massive price hike, unless Palit or even Nvidia do something about it, this could spread to more countries and retailers as they realize they can get away with this practice.

If there was ever another reason why 2021 is a bad year to upgrade your PC, then this is one right here.

What do you think? Is this acceptable behavior in the current global situation? Do you think Palit or Nvidia will do something about this? And will this spread to other retailers? Or will an example be set by the outrage? Let us know your thoughts!

Would you buy an RTX 3060 at 750 USD?

Do you think other international retailers will follow suit?

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20:19 Feb-11-2021

And here I'm, sitting on the chair, watching people talk about RTX and I'm enjoying games by rocking my GTX 970.

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16:45 Feb-21-2021

avoid horizon zero dawn like the plague then. 8600k with gtx 1080 and it still runs like crap. Oh well thats what you get from console ports.

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04:22 Feb-24-2021

already had ended on high settings with playable 40fps

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05:11 Feb-11-2021

can we skip all of this and go to 2022 when its all back to normal please

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01:42 Feb-12-2021

Sign me up

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16:47 Feb-21-2021

lol look at it the right way bud, things are never going back to normal. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if our grandchildren's grandchildren are still dealing with this covid mess and gpu bull.

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08:15 Feb-22-2021

I don't think COVID will still be a big issue next year from now.


But the GPU BS? Yeah, that'll sadly continue as long as there is no cryptocurrency crash

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01:10 Feb-11-2021

To those that don't know, Nvidia has started to rerelase the 1050ti.

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23:07 Feb-10-2021

This poll really needs "hell no" option in all caps. :-D But yeah, no thank you, like I would like to have new card, I am not that desperate. And yeah, of course other retailers will follow, unless you have some more official retailer that does MSRP, like Microcenter or you live in high supply priority area. If current local price of 1300EUR for 3070 is sign of things to come and...

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23:12 Feb-10-2021

Considering 3060Ti is 920EUR here, my bet is on 800-850EUR local price for 3060, if it gets stock. And I am actually surprised to find 3060Ti in stock in one store, one partner model, because it literally was zero for a while, everywhere. Like you don't filter cards based on model, you just filter by availability and you get very few results.

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22:33 Feb-10-2021

$329.00 USD MSRP card for almost $800? Do they think us PC gamers are that stupid?

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01:08 Feb-11-2021

If this keeps up, gaming will become another crazy expensive hobby (that only a few ppl can enjoy)

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21:12 Feb-10-2021

only twice the msrp? not bad...

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19:42 Feb-10-2021

Twice the msrp?
Nothing new. Here, new gpus have always been almost x2 the msrp, pandemic or not. Now they just have another reason to sell it at those ridiculous prices.

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18:19 Feb-10-2021

Not surprised they are seelling for twice the MSRP, this really is a bad time to upgrade a pc specially for the ones that hav a 10 series and below gpus

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18:07 Feb-10-2021

I simply refuse to waste my money on overpriced upgrades for pc, iv more sense than that, i will wait it out

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18:23 Feb-10-2021

That gpu is still okay even in ray traced titles, unless you want 2k and high fps at ultra setings i dont really see value in the 30 series specially because of the price to performance (performance similar to something between 3060 and 3060ti) , just overclock that thing and skip this generation unless prices go back to close MSRP, dont follow the overpriced upgrade hype.

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01:09 Feb-11-2021

Ditto

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09:23 Feb-11-2021

It's not a problem for you, you have a pretty good GPU for now the problem is for people with GPUs below 10 series.

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16:33 Feb-10-2021

Do I think other international retailers will follow suit?


Have you seen Newegg's scalper pricing lately?

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16:32 Feb-10-2021

I am from Pakistan, have shopped at this store and honestly, it's pretty good (bought a monitor from them). It does surprise me that they are selling it early but, the price doesn't. This kind of mark up is pretty standard tbh.

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16:13 Feb-10-2021

PC is a rich man's game xDDD

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19:09 Feb-10-2021

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21:39 Feb-10-2021

Not exactly what I was aiming at, but rather the crazy pricing of GPUs. I got mine at MSRP, I was not prepared to spend stupid money otherwise.

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