Several computer retailers in Asian countries have reported that shelves are being cleared out as you read this article.
Previously, it was rumoured/speculated that Nvidia is suggesting the vendors to clear out their shelves to make room for the upcoming Nvidia RTX 3000 series.
Now, it is no longer a rumour because several retailers are not accepting new orders. In Bangalore, India, some retailers have already spiked the price by Rs.2000/- ($27), for RTX 2070 Super.
As for Chinese market, RTX 2070 Super has been permanently discontinued with no word on whether the stocks will be refilled for consumers who are looking for the older graphics cards.
This is purely a marketing move and currently, prices at Online Retailers seem to be unaffected because, as of writing this article, Amazon.com reports $529.99 for Asus RTX 2070 Super.
However, some users at technology related forums are reporting that they have seen the prices hike to $700, at which they had bought Nvidia RTX 2080.
So, the price fluctuations are very different and do not follow any pattern regarding the launch of RTX 3000 series.
Nvidia RTX 3000 series release date has been finalized and the enthusiast level graphics card, i.e. RTX 3080 ti and 3080, will come in September 2020, RTX 3070 will follow in October 2020 & RTX 3060 is to be launched in November 2020.
Of course, given the situation that the world is in, the release dates might be shifted. So, take that information with a grain of salt.
The sad part is regarding the price tags of these remaining stocks. Rather than lowering the prices of last generation of Nvidia graphics card, these units are either at their original prices or have received a bit of price spike.
Several consumers were hoping for the prices to drop, so that they could buy RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 at lower rates than what their next-generation units would cost at launch.