Desperate customers looking to own an RTX 3000 graphics card may want to keep up with GameStop. The video game retailer is starting to sell PC hardware, including GPUs and laptops.
In an earnings call Tuesday, GameStop CEO George Sherman said the company will expand its product portfolio. “This includes the growth of our product offering in PC games, computers, monitors, gaming tables, mobile games, and gaming televisions, to name just a few,” he said.
The company also produced a new weekly ad showing GameStop plans to sell RTX 3000 graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and desktop cases.
Product listings for the various RTX 3000 cards can already be found by searching the GameStop website. However, all the listings say that the cards are “not available”. Some other listings say that the products won’t arrive until April 16.
The retailer plans to feature the PC hardware on a dedicated page at GameStop.com/PCGaming, which will also sell desktop PCs. But for now, most of the inventory remains unavailable. We reached out to GameStop for more information and will update the story if we hear back.
A big question is whether sales of the RTX 3000 graphics will be made online only or through GameStop physical stores. Many PC gamers expect it to be the latter, which will make it difficult for bots and online resellers to buy inventory.
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However, during Tuesday’s earnings call, Sherman said his company is trying to invest more in e-commerce as a way to reach consumers. “Global e-commerce sales increased 175% and represented 34% of total sales in the fourth quarter compared to 12% of net sales in the prior year period,” he said.
The focus on expanding into PC hardware sales also comes as GameStop reported disappointing fourth quarter results. The company’s net sales in the period reached $ 2.12 billion, down from $ 2.19 billion a year ago, despite the recent launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.