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Best Buy RTX 3080 restock — where to find inventory next

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
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If you missed the last RTX 3080 restock, fear not. Best Buy RTX 30-series restock events tend to take place at the end or start of each month. For instance, there was Best Buy RTX 30-series restock on August 26 and while there was no restock in September, an announcement was made on September 30 about an in-store restock held the morning of October 1. Then there was a surprise RTX 3080 restock online on October 8. 

So if you missed this month's Best Buy RTX 30-series restock — fear not. A new restock is likely to occur again at the end of this month. Here's everything you need to know beforehand. 

Best Buy RTX 3080 restock (sold out)

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How to buy an RTX 3080 at Best Buy (online)

The last Best Buy RTX 3080 restock occurred on October 1. The in-store only event was held at select locations nationwide. However, Best Buy has also held online restocks. 

Although it may seem obvious, the first thing you'll want to do ahead of any online restock is sign into your Best Buy account or create one if you haven't already. Make sure that your payment details and address information are pre-saved, in order to shave precious time off your checkout as that could be the difference between securing a an RTX 3080 and being left empty-handed. 

When a restock is taking place, refresh the product page until you see the yellow "add to cart" button or a grey "please wait" button. If you see the latter, do not refresh, but instead wait for the button to change to the yellow "add to cart" one. 

Once you’re able to add to cart, you might see a message telling you the RTX 3080 is no longer in stock. Should that happen, you need to change your location to one that has the system in stock. If the RTX 3080 is showing as out of stock everywhere, leave the page as it is and open a new one. Repeat the process outlined above until the "add to cart" button appears again, then go back to the original page you had open and try again to choose a location. 

Best Buy RTX 3080 restock is released in waves, so hang around even if the site initially reads sold out during a restock window, as another opportunity may appear. Investing some time into the process could pay off as other people may give up and lose patience.

The retailer will also ask you to enter a supplied code during the purchasing process, and you have the option for this to be sent via text or email. Always opt for text, as it’ll come through almost instantly. Email codes can take a while to come through or can get lost in a spam filter, and by the time you’ve recovered it, the GPU will likely be out of stock again. 

Keep in mind that in-store Best Buy RTX 3080 restock tends to happen late in the month. July 29, August 26, September 30 (announcement) were the last restocks. 

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.