It didn’t take long.Scalpers push up the price of Valve’s new products Steam deck Handheld game consoles are as high as $5,000 one day after the start of pre-order.
Valve offers three different versions of Steam Deck: the basic model priced at $399, equipped with 64GB eMMC storage, the $529 model equipped with a 256GB NVMe SSD, and the $649 model equipped with a 512GB NVMe SSD and a display screen Anti-glare glass.
The demand for handheld devices seems to be higher than Valve’s expectations.its Server is tight At the beginning of the booking, as of the time of writing, the delivery date for the 64GB and 256GB models has fallen to the second quarter of 2022, and the delivery date for the 512GB model has fallen to the third quarter of 22.
Valve technically classifies these orders as reservations, and when the equipment is close to shipping, a deposit of $5 will be charged to the final order. It seems that in some cases, the scalpers are only selling reservations, which means their buyers must also buy hardware from Valve, but in other cases, the Steam Deck itself is indeed for sale. This ambiguity not only makes it more difficult for buyers to determine the true cost of the system, but it also provides a way for scalpers to maximize profits by requiring less upfront investment.
But this has not stopped the secondary market value from soaring above the official price. At the time of writing, the list on eBay ranges from $800 for pre-orders for the 64GB model to up to $5,000 for pre-orders for the 512GB model.
The expected delivery window also affects the listing price. For example, the price of the basic model expected to be shipped on December 31 will be roughly the same as the 256GB model that will arrive in 2022 because it will arrive sooner.
None of this is particularly shocking.Scalpers thrive at the intersection of low supply, high demand, and relatively low manufacturer suggested retail prices-this is Why they did it Earn millions by positioning PlayStation 5 game console, GPU, And other electronic products.