GameStop Starts Selling GPUs And Immediately Sells Out

GameStop sells out of computer GPUs.

Taking a slightly new direction, GameStop just started selling computer graphics processing units this week and sold out almost immediately. There has been an increased demand for GPUs recently, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic causing a shortage in the materials needed to build new consoles. Such shortages have made manufacturing consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X all the more difficult

This adds to the ongoing struggle for consumers to purchase these new consoles. The shortage has also prompted investigations from the White House over the past few months. In the meantime, PC gamers remain on the lookout for the newest AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT or Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card. Unfortunately, as is the case with the consoles, they have been flying off of online retailers’ virtual shelves almost as quickly as they can come into stock, with scalpers even getting into the market that Gamestop just entered.

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According to PCGamer, GameStop reportedly sold out of GPUs mere moments after they became available to order a few days ago. CEO George Sherman had previously revealed that these units would be coming to GameStop as part of an effort to “expand its product offerings with more PC gaming and consumer electronics” during a recent earnings call. Indeed, GameStop is now selling a variety of other PC gaming products such as pre-built systems, monitors, and even motherboards, though there’s no word yet on if these items would be exclusive to the company’s website or if they would become available to buy in physical retailers later on.

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The retail chain has already made the news for several different reasons over the past year or so, ranging from troubled revenue numbers to GameStop’s embarrassingly poor handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, things reached an unexpected fever pitch when GameStop found itself in the middle of a very public feud between the armchair stockbrokers of Reddit’s WallStreetBets subreddit and hedge fund investors a few months ago, which caused the company’s stock value to skyrocket and drew the attention of various celebrities and political figures.

News of GPUs selling out might be a tad more mundane than the other headlines GameStop has been generating recently, but it still speaks to the ongoing shortage of gaming hardware over the past few months. So far, there’s no telling when the retail chain will get its hands on more graphical processing units, so PC gamers might have to wait a while longer to update their rig with the newest AMD or Nvidia chipset.

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Source: PCGamer

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