As of 3/2/22 Micro Center will no longer require entry in the virtual line or raffle system to purchase a GPU! Going forward, you may purchase a GPU as you would any similar item.
As of 4/1/22, Micro Center will no longer be implementing a 30 day limit on video card purchases.
Some important information to note:
We’re thrilled to be able to make these changes!
If you have any additional questions or feedback, our store team and those of us here in the community are happy to help!
@Qx7691 just chiming in. So if we're reading you correctly, if you return a GPU within the return period to swap it out for another GPU (if there are cards in stock), yes that is fine. No 30 day rule, because you are returning it within return period and swapping it out for another.
If you return the GPU for a refund because the card is defective and we don't have replacements in stock then technically the 30 day time would still be counting. That being said, if you are trying exchange we just don't have any, speak with an associate in store to see how we can help. It may be best to do an RMA in some cases instead.
We hope this explanation makes sense.
I don't understand how this virtual line is making it more fair. if anything its worse . the hours are the same 11:30 to 12:30 (during most people's working hours) and now its more chance.. I've looking for a card but cant seam to get any because i work during the day and can not be there between those hours. I would like to see micro center provide some weekend hours' for us working people. as it is now its just too risky to call off work and enter a 4affal where I might be selected to get a chance to buy a card. it would be a total loss if I were not selected. i hate to say this but it doesn't look like micro center is looking out for the average employed joe who is looking to buy a card. I'm just saying. truth
Hello @marbr and welcome to the forum. We appreciate the feedback. I feel your pain and am still trying to get my card! My 1080 has been great but it is time for an upgrade.
So, i have entered the Westmont raffle on 6/18, 6/22, and 6/23, and each time, I never received any confirmation texts or any texts at all from Microcenter. i am able to receive notification texts on my cell phone, and i have double checked that the phone number that I entered is correct. Is there anyone that could help me figure out what the issue is?
Hi @Ken_Westmont , I'd recommend speaking with an associate in the store about this, as they would be able to further test this with you!
I'll also send you an email to get some more personal information from you. Please expect that from me shortly.
About 30 minutes after the virtual line has opened, the line will be closed. Shortly after the virtual line has closed, randomly selected customers will receive text notifications to come into the store. Once at the entrance of the store:
How shortly is shortly? I live 30 minutes away and only giving a 10 minute window is crazy if you expect to send out notifications hours later.
I would expect the 'shortly after' to be about 20-30 minutes. If someone hasn't claimed the card within the 10 minute period, another notification would be sent out.
I hope this explains things!
@Chris_downers just chiming in. The virtual line for Westmont starts at 9am.
The local Microcenter at Brooklyn rejected me from using passport as a valid ID since I was travelling and don't have my state ID - are they allowed to do this/is a passport a valid form of ID?
They told me I needed an ID with an address so I gave them a foreign country driver's license with a foreign address (currently a student studying in the US) and they also rejected me.
I'm sorry to hear that your Passport was rejected. However, that is correct; as stated above, a valid state-issued Driver's License/Identification Card must be presented to receive your voucher.
You're welcome to visit your closest Micro Center and speak with management to see if they are able to find an alternative for your unique situation, and that is what I'd recommend doing.
Good info @Buildo_Fraggins Glad they were able to resolve it for you!
Thanks for sharing your experience with the process.
Hello, @Chao Typically a notification will be sent once all cards are claimed. The process does vary a bit from store to store and day to day on this point, so I'd recommend that you've check-in at your local Micro Center!
Has St. David's started using this procedure? I saw they were undergoing renovations, and would start once those were complete. Thanks!
Yes, St. David's should be following this procedure. I believe they started earlier this week.
If an Item is not claimed during the daily Lottery/Voucher process, is it available for purchase during regular business hours? I've noticed some of the higher end cards are starting to stay in stock into late in the day and sometimes for days.
Yes, they would be. They would not be available for reservation, but would be available to purchase off the shelf in store, if in stock.
Thank you for the information, I have heard that some stores do post a sign outside the store / on the front door stating there are no GPUs for the day.
Are the QR codes assigned by model number or do they only give me the option to get in line for 'something' rare? It could save me a bit of time if I knew that I was not interested in any of the models that arrived today.
How do I sign up for multiple notifications? For example: If I'm looking for a 3070 based card, I am not fussy about the card's brand, and 3070 cards are arriving from multiple brands, how is this handled?
This is an improvement in the sense that I don't physically need to get in line the evening prior, but it is still vague and, other than using QR codes and texting, does not take much advantage of modern technology. It's really hard to tell one's boss that "I won't be coming to work on time again till I buy my video card". Any modern supply system should know what is on the truck as the truck leaves the warehouse dock. At this point notifications could be sent out and a line-up process completed. Hopefully, the arrival timeout is practical from the standpoint of my travel time. If there is a one hour window and my travel time will be 1.5 hours, this process cannot work for me.
And I don't understand why there must be so much urgency to use a reservation. It is not as if Micro Center will be stuck with some obsolete technology in inventory if I don't purchase a card within an hour or two. If something happens and I cannot purchase today, the worst case for Micro Center is that the card will be included in tomorrow's gold rush.
It seems like a waste of gas to require a daily trip to the store ... just in case. (And I hear that gas might be in short supply this summer for various reasons.)
Thank you for your input.
It is one QR code for all video cards each day. The limit on time to claim once you have been texted would be a measure to prevent re-sale / scalping of the vouchers or selection.
yeah I'm hating this system, I wish I could go into my store order the card I want and I'd even upgrade my cpu tp a 5600x even if it took a while to arrive. After going to patterson 5 times I just newegg shuffle now.
this is why your system sucks, for days there is a gigabyte rx 6800 sitting in Yonkers, I try using chat, emailing the store manager on the store page which goes to CS not the manager. There is a $15 dollar toill and 40 miles between me and the card and I can't get someone to say hey you have 2 hours to buy the card get here.It's you guys keeping me from overpaying for a 6800
Hey, @KPJ Thanks for the feedback! I wish that you could do the same thing! However, currently, there is a global silicon shortage and we are not able to keep stock of many cards available on the shelf. Some are available and are in stock on the shelf, however, for the cards that are still in limited supply we are offering this random selection process in order to give all a fair and random chance at getting a card.
I'd recommend visiting your local MC to participate in the selection, then see if there may be any remaining on the shelf. I'd also recommend chatting with the associates in the store. Each of our stores is a bit different and they'll be able to best assist you!
As always, we're happy to help here as well!
bought a card! off ebay ( guess that cpu can wait.
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