However, these cheaper prices don’t necessarily translate to the South African market, with the GTX 1070 coming in at R8,499 compared to the US MSRP of $379 (R5,790) – a difference of R2,700 at the current exchange rate.
Is this problem uniquely South African? Are we being charged too much as a country? We asked Rune Ravnsborg, owner of Rebeltech.
“In my opinion – no we are not taking into account all factors,” said Ravnsborg.
“If you look at India, the price on a GTX 1080 FE is listed at RS. 66,500 which is close to R15,133, while in the UK, the GTX 1080 FE is listed at £619.00 which is close to R13,402.45.”
He also believes that competition among South African suppliers plays a factor:
“Without a doubt, competition is always very healthy as it keeps the pricing from skyrocketing.”