Retailers price gouging as AMD Ryzen stocks run out

Posted on Friday, Mar 03 2017 @ 12:27 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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A lot of Ryzen processors are exchanging hands these days and it seems supply struggles to keep up with demand. Tom's Hardware writes various retailers no longer have Ryzen in stock:
AMD Ryzen is going, going, gone from Amazon's website. The company previously sold all its pre-order stock of the 1800X--which we reviewed--before restocking the processor. Now the 1800X is once again sold out on Amazon, and so are its companions, the 1700 and 1700X.

Other retailers have also failed to keep Ryzen in stock for its official launch today. Best Buy was supposed to stock the lineup but merely offers pre-built rigs made with the processors; Newegg still lists the 1800X as out of stock; and Fry's says the entire Ryzen lineup is sold out. With the exception of Newegg, which said it expects to have more 1800X units around March 10, none have said when they expect to stock back up on the new CPUs.
Our quick retail check reveals Newegg has them in stock but at Amazon the situation is more problematic. At Amazon US we can see that Amazon's own supply has run out and that third-party sellers are using the situation to hike up prices. The cheapest Ryzen 7 1700 available via the Amazon marketplace goes for $364.99, an increase of $35 versus the MSRP, while the 1800X goes for $552.99, an extra $53.99 versus the official list price.

At the German version of Amazon we can see the same thing. The Ryzen 7 1700 is in stock but the 1700X and 1800X are exclusively available from third parties at jacked up prices. In case of the 1800X, retailers are asking at least 93EUR more than the MSRP at Amazon DE.

As always, it pays to shop around as places like Caseking and Mindfactory have the 1800X in stock for normal price of 559EUR.

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