Microcenter gets more GPU shipments than other stores?

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Going by posts in these forums, it seems that Micro Center gets more GPU shipments than other stores. Yes? No? They have inside pull with Nvidia?
 

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Going by posts in these forums, it seems that Micro Center gets more GPU shipments than other stores. Yes? No? They have inside pull with Nvidia?
I doubt they have more shipments. They are probably the best brick and mortar store to score a new gpu though.
 

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I'm going to GUESS that it's easier for scalpers and the everyday guy to keep F5'ing the usual online suspects.

It takes a lot more effort to actually go out to a B&M store, which is probably why stock stays on the shelves a little bit longer and it would seem like they get more stock.
 

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I'm going to GUESS that it's easier for scalpers and the everyday guy to keep F5'ing the usual online suspects.

It takes a lot more effort to actually go out to a B&M store, which is probably why stock stays on the shelves a little bit longer and it would seem like they get more stock.

Exactly this. There aren't a whole lot of Microcenters either. Amount of people that can make it to one reasonably is slim. I'm assuming Newegg, Amazon and the like move far more.
 

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The situation at microcenter seems to be much better now. I've seen AMD cards on their shelves basically every day for the last couple weeks. Usually it's stuff like $900 6700XTs or $2500 6900XTs, but earlier in the day you can get just about anything AMD, and sometimes some nvidia cards that are in less demand. You only need to wait in line a crazy amount of hours to get something like a 3080 or 3060ti anymore.
 

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We need to regress back to B&M only sales to defeat the bots and scalpers. Would be nice if the majority of cards went to B&M stores at least to give gamers a chance to buy them without resorting to bots or devoting most of their time following stock channels and losing Newegg lotteries to buy additional junk they don't want/need.
 

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We need to regress back to B&M only sales to defeat the bots and scalpers. Would be nice if the majority of cards went to B&M stores at least to give gamers a chance to buy them without resorting to bots or devoting most of their time following stock channels and losing Newegg lotteries to buy additional junk they don't want/need.
Depends how stores handle it. Like MC before hand it was first come first serve and so people were lining up the day before to get cards.
 

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Depends how stores handle it. Like MC before hand it was first come first serve and so people were lining up the day before to get cards.
Still better than bots. But obviously a quantity limit should be standard and that's more easily enforced through a B&M store.
 
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I very much enjoy living by a MicroCenter... shortages aside, its so nice to run to the store to buy something in a pinch, or to simply build a new system and know if something is DOA or I do not like it, I just drive back and swap it out.

Took me quite some time to get my 3090 FTW3 at MC; but I never waited in line; got lucky one day and walked in at 2:30pm and snagged one off the shelf. Once i decided to upgrade my entire PC; getting my 5950x was not that hard either. Just waited to see stock online and walked right in on a Saturday afternoon.
 

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Some MCs also have a limit of 1 card per month which doesn't hurt either.

I don't think it's anything special or an inside deal. They probably get significantly less cards than BB or Amazon, but you have to physically go to a store that 90% of Americans aren't near to buy one.
 
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The situation at microcenter seems to be much better now. I've seen AMD cards on their shelves basically every day for the last couple weeks. Usually it's stuff like $900 6700XTs or $2500 6900XTs, but earlier in the day you can get just about anything AMD, and sometimes some nvidia cards that are in less demand. You only need to wait in line a crazy amount of hours to get something like a 3080 or 3060ti anymore.
lol, I'm sure there is some stock with those scalper mark-ups.
 

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lol, I'm sure there is some stock with those scalper mark-ups.

Yeah, no kidding. If AMD can sell those same cards for $479 and $999 respectively and still make money, there isn't $420 and $1500 worth of cooling and LED bling to justify that cost.
 
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Those are not scalper markups. AMD AiB are just bending everyone over. MC gets AMD branded cards once in awhile and sells them at AMD's msrp.
Oh, they're just almost the same as ebay prices so I just assumed. Plus isn't the 6700xt msrp like 500 bucks?
 

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I don't think they get more inventory but by not selling online they keep stock in stores which gives the average person a chance to purchase one.
 

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Maybe, maybe not. Not that I visit my local MC often, shelves are always empty. Same goes for AMD across the aisle.
Then there is this :


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The situation at microcenter seems to be much better now. I've seen AMD cards on their shelves basically every day for the last couple weeks. Usually it's stuff like $900 6700XTs or $2500 6900XTs, but earlier in the day you can get just about anything AMD, and sometimes some nvidia cards that are in less demand. You only need to wait in line a crazy amount of hours to get something like a 3080 or 3060ti anymore.
I feel lucky to have scored my 6900XT off of Ebay for brand new at $1399.
 

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Maybe, maybe not. Not that I visit my local MC often, shelves are always empty. Same goes for AMD across the aisle.
Then there is this :


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This is a big deal and why it may seem like MC gets more. Still, scalpers are going far enough that they hire people off the street to buy product for them, so an ID check can only go so far.
 
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Personally I'm passing on that combo every time it comes up. I'm not really interested in paying $1,000 for a $500 class card.
It was the only one I was selected for (out of many shuffles) sadly. I used to just click everything but now I pass on almost all AMD stuff due to the prices and dumb bundles.
 
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