Re: Unwarranted optimism
That's not really how markets work.
Low stock, drives prices up, as there is no competition, and demand outstrips supply. Healthy stock means supply outstrips demand, and drives prices down, as there is more competition between OEMs, so they have to adjust price to keep selling.
In March very few cards were in stock, across both AMD and Nvidia, and as an example, the AMD 6800 XTs' were around £1200 in March (lowest price).
A quick look on OC UK just now, and almost all (~95%) of all Nvidia and AMD cards are now in stock.
Currently the same AMD 6800 XTs' are ~£820 (lowest price), so almost a £400 drop in two months, and this is still declining.
For ref, the original MSRP for the 6800 XT, was around £650 for the base models, which of course the card has never been sold at by OEMs. But at least it's heading in the right direction!
Also the closer we get to the launch of the new ranges, due later this year, the cheaper the current gen cards are likely to get.