Ebay’s Terapeak tool lets you see the average sale price for certain items. Over the weekend the average sold prices peaked at $2,500, but have steeply declined to $595 since then. If you scroll through the list of sold items, you’ll still see several listings going for at least twice what they should cost. It’s possible the prices will continue to trend downward, but for now, it’s hard to tell given the spikes in the recent past.
A scan of completed Ebay auctions indicates a number of DDR5 RAM kits that were purchased for far more than the average asking price. Take, for example, the Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB package. The retail price is $339.99, yet it has sold for as much as $2,399.99 and $2,500 on Ebay. Keep in mind that these discounts could be deceptive; customers could still cancel their orders, and if we’re being conspiratorial, we could even speculate that some unscrupulous buyers are faking these discounts to make demand appear high.
DDR5 RAM is only supported by Intel’s newly-released Alder Lake CPUs. They’re incredibly impressive CPUs and they’re in stock, which means people are buying them up, possibly without being able to get their hands on the RAM to go with them. The problem is that the new RAM modules use PMIC (power management integrated circuits) to handle power management directly on the sticks instead of on the motherboard. The addition of this new component has caused its own supply chain problems, bottlenecking production and jacking up prices all around.
You can’t find DDR5 RAM on any retailer’s site at the moment, so Ebay seems like the only answer. But it’s not quite: DDR4 RAM is totally fine still, even with an Alder Lake CPU. DDR4 ram is still abundant and you won’t have to pay a fortune for it. Some Z690 motherboards that support the Alder Lake CPUs support DDR4 RAM, so if you’re looking to make this upgrade, you shouldn’t have to look far.