Been waiting to buy a PC graphics card? Best Buy has you covered Friday
Best Buy has announced a restock of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series.
On Friday, October 1, workers will begin handing out tickets for the graphics cards at 7:30 a.m. local time.
Those who get a ticket will be guaranteed an opportunity to purchase the graphics cards inside the store at 8 a.m. local time.
Supplies are limited and only certain stores will be offering the cards – you can find a full list of participating stores on Best Buy’s website; in Alabama, the Birmingham and Huntsville stores will be part of Friday’s sale.
Like cars and computers, the ongoing chip shortage has affected NVIDIA and AMD, the two main global graphics card manufacturers.
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If you’re an avid PC builder, you know that getting your hands on any of Nvidia’s 30-series GPUs has been next to impossible since they debuted. But Best Buy is hosting an event in select stores starting Friday, October 1st to give you the opportunity. If you haven't been outside in a while, you can use this page to find the store closest to you that will have these GPUs in stock, sold at their retail price.
Unfortunately, you can't just head down there cash in hand and hope to snatch one up. Best Buy has stated that you’ll need to line up at one of the designated stores before 7:30AM local time. This is when employees will begin handing out a limited amount of tickets (one per customer) that will allow you to purchase a single GPU. Of course, this is not a guarantee that everyone in line will get a ticket, or that everyone will get their graphics card of choice.
A spokesperson from Best Buy has shared with The Verge that the following models will be available at all participating stores.
So grab your favorite space blanket and your comfiest lawn chair; if you line up early, there's a fair chance you could take home one of these GPUs. But don’t sweat it if you can’t make it to this one. Best Buy hosts these restock events just about every month.
Best Buy’s Nvidia RTX 3080 restock has 75 people in line. Only two aren’t resellers
Best Buy will restock the Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU, among other Nvidia graphics cards today, Friday, October 1, and if you follow our GPU restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider, you'll get alerts when Nvidia graphics cards are in stock in the US.
There are already lines for the RTX 3080 at Best Buy stores nationwide, according to our on-the-ground reporting, and we did an early survey in New York City: of the 75 people in line for the GPU, only two people aren't resellers. That's right, everyone else in line at this Best Buy is just waiting to resell the RTX 3080 on eBay or StockX for double the retail price of $699.99.
The two Best Buy customers who actually legitimately want to buy the hard-to-buy Nvidia RTX 3080 at MSRP – if they even get the sought-after GPU at this point – want it for different purposes.
One AI research student wants the graphics card for research purposes at New York University, and the other customer wants it for gaming with her husband.
Here's how to get that tweet and all restock alerts:
The problem, as we've seen with these Best Buy restock lines in the past, is that the RTX 3080-seeking student went from an alleged third spot in line the night before (Wednesday night) to the tenth (and will probably do far worse come time to hand out the paper tickets for graphics cards on Friday morning).
People constantly rush the line having "come back from the bathroom" or other excuses – again, just to resell the RTX 3080. We've also seen this scenario play out during PS5 restock in-store events at Best Buy last week.
Best Buy RTX 3080 restock time today
The Best Buy will have the RTX 3080 in stock in select stores throughout the United States today, October 1. Paper tickets will be handed out at 7:30am local time.
Don't think that showing up at the posted 7:30am time will get you a GPU, however. As we've witnessed in the past, this can happen as soon as 7am since people are in line right now – and have been since Wednesday morning at some Best Buy store locations.
Best Buy's in-store restock locator for GPUs is much better than the one used by GameStop for its PS5 restock, however, we've still laid out the store list below.
Best Buy RTX 3080 GPU restock store locations list
Because not every Best Buy will have the RTX 3080 in stock for this in-store event, do not show up at your local Best Buy before checking this list.
Editor's Note: We included the store locations that had last week's Best Buy PS5 in-store restock and crossed them off to demonstrate how few stores will have the RTX 3080 in stock. The PS5 was more widely available, according to our research. In fact, two states, Mississippi and Washington D.C. as well as Puerto Rico won't get a GPU restock whatsoever today despite having the PS5 before.
A total of 117 Best Buy store locations will have the RTX 3080 today:
- No Best Buy stores will have it
- East Tucson
- Thunderbird Rd.
- Costa Masa
- Elk Grove – new addition
- Mission Valley
- San Francisco (13th & Harrison St.)
- Santa Rosa
- West LA
- Academy Blvd
- Denver West
- First & Main
- Fort Collins
- Boca Raton
- Florida Mall
- South Petersburg
- Butterfield Road
- East Wichita
- St. Matthews
- Baton Rouge
- Holyoke Mall
- Rivertown Crossing
- Mid Rivers Mall
- Concord Mills
- West Paterson
- SW Las Vegas
- Long Island City
- Midtown Manhattan (44th & 5th)
- Staten Island
- North Canton
- Tuttle Crossing
- Cascade Station
- North Fayette
- Oxford Valley
- Cedar Hill
- Corpus Christi
- El Paso
- La Cantera
- The Woodlands
- South Salt Lake City
- Newport News
- Virginia Beach
- Spokane East
- West Madison
Will it be just the RTX 3080?
No, the RTX 3080 Ti, RTX 3070 and RTX 3090 should also be available at most stores, but everyone we've talked to so far is waiting in line for the coveted RTX 3080.
And of the two people who we interviewed who wanted the RTX 3080 for legitimate purposes (AI research and gaming), one person, the NYU researcher, said that he'll get another graphics card if he has to, but resell it because he's really after the 3080.
Considering he went from third in line to tenth and will probably slip further, that means the person who wanted a GPU for gaming may be the only person who actually purchases an RTX and keeps it from this 75-strong line at Best Buy in New York City today.
Best Buy restock line is 'pure chaos' each time
Frustrated online customers, unable to buy the RTX 3080, think a Best Buy in-store restock is great news when the retailer's website is constantly besieged by resellers who use bots to scoop up the RTX inventory before everyone else. This happened on Wednesday, September 29, the date of the latest Best Buy RTX restock online.
The grass is no greener. It's pure chaos each time in certain cities, as we've tweeted about before:
In New York City, the same resellers show up, plant themselves first in line and buy all of the inventory. How fast did these GPUs resell? Before the purchase was even made. They're always pre-sold on StockX or eBay and no one gets the GPU they want for gaming or AI research.
During the last RTX 3080 restock, through our on-the-ground reporting, we identified the first person in line who actually wanted the coveted RTX 3080 (the most popular graphics card on sale at Best Buy that day) for gaming purposes. They for No. 20 in line and actually had a chance to buy it – or so it seemed.
Moments before the first paper tickets were being handed out by Best Buy managers, that No. 20 customer in line became No. 40 in line due to last-second line jumpers – "friends" of the people waiting it out in the front of the line, all of whom claimed to have always been there. It turned into a chaotic scene that was not only unfair (an 11-year-old cried) but involved a lot of pushing, shoving and shouting.
The profit margins on the PS5 and Xbox Series X are big, but not as dramatic as Nvidia GPUs. So we'll have to see how this Best Buy in-store restock goes when it comes to ensuring everyone gets their console of choice fairly and safely.
Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the age of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 777,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.
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Card graphics best buy
Have you tried to buy a graphics card recently? Attempting such a thing is a fast track to frustration, because the damn things are never in stock. Not by first-party sellers and at anywhere close to MSRP, anyway. That's what makes Best Buy's occasional restocks so delightful, and if you're wondering when the next one will occur, you're going to like the answer. Maybe.
That answer is, this week, if the Twitter account @GPURestock is passing along reliable information. This is how shopping for gaming hardware is accomplished these days—whether you're in the market for a PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, or a fancy new graphics card, Twitter accounts with a constant pulse on the situation are your inside track.
Through a series of tweets, the account holder says Best Buy is likely to restock NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 30 series Founders Edition graphics cards on Friday. Or perhaps sooner—an earlier tweet suggested Best Buy employees would hand out tickets to people in line starting at 7:00 am local time on Thursday, with doors opening at 8:00 am.
In that scenario, depending on the location, people might be tempted to line up on Wednesday after the store closes and camp out. Yeah, it's like that. However, a more recent tweet says tickets will actually be given out on Friday morning. So there's some uncertainty on the precise timing at the moment, and of course this is an unconfirmed restock at the moment.
All that said, Best Buy has been pretty decent about having restock events about every month, for the past few months. And according to @GPURestock, a clue can be seen by opening up Best Buy's mobile app and searching for cards, then flipping the switch to "In stock" listings only. Even though cards will appear as "Sold Out," that's apparently a sign that they are actually on hand, otherwise they wouldn't show up as well.
I can't say if that's completely accurate, but in my location (eastern Tennessee), no listings appear at my local Best Buy. So it's plausible that if they show up wherever you're located, even as sold out, it could mean there is stock ready to go for later this week. Fingers crossed and all that.
We'll be following this situation and updating as necessary. In the meantime, if you're in the market for a GPU, perhaps make preparations for a possible restock ahead of this weekend.
Best Buy GPU restock for Nvidia RTX 30-series happening today, October 1
Update: Best Buy has confirmed the Nvidia RTX 30-series GPU restock is happening today, Friday October 1, 2021. That's in-store only, and as far as we know there's no stock headed to the retailer's online store.
Before you head to your closest store, though, you'll want to check this official webpage to see if they will have any available stock. If they do, you'll want to go grab a place in line by 7:30am local time, which is when staff will allocate tickets to those waiting. These tickets are transferrable for one graphics card when the store opens at 8am local time.
There's a limit of one graphics card per customer, and once the tickets are allocated out that's all the available stock accounted for.
Original story: If looking for an Nvidia RTX 30-series graphics card, and live in the US, Best Buy could be your best bet for a GPU restock this week. Rumours suggest the retail giant will release more Founders Edition GPUs before the weekend, but you'll likely have to travel by car, plane, or rail to get to your closest store in order to pick one up.
Best Buy has not confirmed the stock drop yet, but rumours are swirling about the potential drop. Largely these come from Twitter account @GPURestock, who accurately foretold of the last major Best Buy GPU restock.
They say people close to store managers are saying the next GPU restock will happen Friday, October 1. On that day, employees will hand out tickets, one per GPU in-store, to those waiting in line, as Best Buy has done for previous GPU drops.
They also report that you can actually discover whether your local Best Buy will have stock available, and of what cards, by checking the Best Buy app.
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There's no way to know if this is a database error or something similar, but if you search for RTX and then tap on the slider that limits results to those in stock at your nearest store, you might find some RTX 30-series Founders Edition are listed. These cards aren't available for pick up and are reportedly 'sold out'—good start, I know—but in theory the fact they even show up could mean that store has received a delivery of these cards and is nearly ready to hand them out to lucky punters.
It feels a little like the ancient art of divination, but there's perhaps some logic in the madness.
In lieu of confirmation, though, be ready to get over to a Best Buy in time for the stock drop just in case it does occur. Best Buy has previously put up a stock checker and announcement page regarding any upcoming in-store drops, as it did last time, so in theory we'll receive confirmation about the drop ahead of time.
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Best Buy to restock Nvidia RTX 30-series GPUs again — here’s how to score one
Best Buy is restocking RTX 30-series graphics cards again. Starting on Friday, October 1 at 7:30 a.m. local time, Best Buy stores across the country will start handing our vouchers for the coveted GPUs. If you’re lucky enough to receive a voucher, you’ll be entitled to a graphics card — and at list price.
You’ll only be able to buy the graphics cards in-store, and only select stores are participating. You can look up the location nearest to you using the search on Best Buy. If this is your first time going to a Best Buy restock, there are a few important things you should know.
At 7:30 a.m. local time, employees will start handing out vouchers. These vouchers are on a first-come, first-served basis, so those at the front of the line will have first pick at the card they want. You can only get one voucher per payment method, so if you plan on showing up with friends, make sure to bring separate payment methods.
At 8 a.m. local time, the store will open, and you’ll be able to move through the line to buy a card. As long as you have a voucher, you’re guaranteed to have one waiting for you inside the store. Be prepared to stand for a few hours outside, though — we had to at Best Buy’s most recent restock event.
Best Buy shared in a statement that it will be restocking the following models:
Nvidia has partnered with Best Buy for exclusive distribution of its Founder’s Edition cards, which will sell for their list price. Best Buy also said that participating stores will have select EVGA, MSI, and Gigabyte graphics cards for certain models.
How to score a GPU at the Best Buy restock
We were able to secure an RTX 3090 at the most recent Best Buy restock, so we rounded up a few tips for how to get one yourself. The most important thing is to show up early, but that doesn’t mean you need to camp out. We showed up at around 6:30 a.m. local time and ended up securing a card with a few dozen left for others.
Unfortunately, we don’t know how many cards each Best Buy will get. The most recent drop allocated about 150 cards per store, though. In addition to the inventory each store has, there are bound to be some stores that draw a bigger crowd than others. If you live in a populous area, make sure to show up earlier.
You won’t know if you secured a card until employees start handing out vouchers. If you get a voucher, don’t lose your place in line — although you’re guaranteed a card with the voucher, you still need to wait in line to check out. At the most recent event, however, the Best Buy we visited allowed people to jump in front if they signed up for a Best Buy credit card.
After that, it’s a waiting game. Make sure to bring plenty of water and be prepared to wait in line for two to three hours after the vouchers are out. If you don’t get a voucher, don’t worry — Best Buy has done a few of these restocks, and we’ll probably see more in the future.