Amazon Delays Shipping PC Parts for Weeks; Shop Elsewhere for Now

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As noted at PCMag and on social media, the stated delivery dates on Amazon for many popular PC components like the best AMD and Intel CPUs, motherboards, memory, cases and power supplies have recently gone from the usual handful of days to nearly a month--even for paying Amazon Prime customers accustomed to waiting just a day or two. 

April 21 seems to be a common delivery date at the moment for many PC parts. The same date holds for many other products the company is likely deeming a lower priority as the ecommerce giant juggles the logistics and health concerns around the coronavirus, like books and personal care products. That said, the mix seems to be pretty hit or miss, with some power supply models still showing an arrival time in March, with many others listed as arriving three weeks later.

The good news for those of us who don’t want to wait for our tech is that there are still other companies that specialize in tech, and don’t yet seem to be delaying shipments of PC components and other hardware--at least for now. For example, the Ryzen 7 3700X is currently listed on Amazon as arriving April 21, while the same CPU at Best Buy is currently showing as arriving by Friday, March 27th at my zip code in NJ. The same Ryzen on Newegg shows it as arriving between 3/31 and 4/2. NZXT’s H510 case is also showing as arriving from Amazon on 4/21, while Newegg says it will ship it to you between 3/25 and 3/30--though you’ll have to spend $9.99 on shipping for the case on Newegg. Also, prices of course vary between sellers.

Of course, these dates vary by location, and as should be obvious to everyone at this point, anything could change in a day, or even a few hours. But many of the same PC parts that Amazon says will now take nearly a month to arrive can be ordered from Newegg and Best Buy with free 3-5 day shipping, or even faster for a fee as low as $3.99.

Note that not all PC tech on Amazon is listed as arriving in mid-April. Many monitors, mice and other peripherals are still showing up on the site as shipping by the end of the week. It’s also possible (if not likely) that Amazon is being overly conservative in its delivery dates, and products promised by the third week of April will arrive sooner. I’ve personally witnessed Amazon under-promise and over-deliver on order arrival dates in recent days. But of course things are changing rapidly.

To be fair, as much as we love PC parts, Amazon sells plenty of products that should probably take precedence over your new SSD or graphics card, as should the health and wellbeing of Amazon’s workers. Just know that if you really want that new upgrade or missing piece for your new build to arrive soon, skipping Amazon for the likes of Best Buy or Newegg will likely be a more expedient -- and speedier -- alternative for now. 

Matt Safford

After a rough start with the Mattel Aquarius as a child, Matt built his first PC in the late 1990s and ventured into mild PC modding in the early 2000s. He’s spent the last 15 years covering emerging technology for Smithsonian, Popular Science, and Consumer Reports, while testing components and PCs for Computer Shopper, PCMag and Digital Trends.

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  • NewJohnny
    I'm sure I'm not alone in having to build a new workstation for working from home. This is the worst time to lower priority on this. If I can't get a decent pc soon, I can't work.
  • closs.sebastien
    when 1 milliard of people are locked down and trying to work remotely, amazon cut any possibilities of computers-repairs.. Other products take precedence, this I can easily understand, but repair-parts for computer may be also important too. not 1st important, but more important than 70% of other products.
  • PapaCrazy
    Not just computer parts, my new spatula set is delayed. How am I supposed to cook for myself in the armageddon if I can't scoop batter efficiently?
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  • digitalgriffin
    I need 6tb drives for my unraid nas backups of family photos and movies as well as my ai research code and papers.

    Im not near microcenter except for an hour drive each way.

    And newegg is only offering 3rd party sellers for wd red drives. And considering new egg is owned by china, f em.
  • King_V
    digitalgriffin said:
    And considering new egg is owned by china, f em.

    I've seen that claim elsewhere, but it's not true.

    In 2016, Liaison Interactive, a Chinese technology company, acquired a majority stake in Newegg in an investment deal.

    Majority stake by a Chinese technology company isn't even close to "owned by China."
  • digitalgriffin
    King_V said:
    I've seen that claim elsewhere, but it's not true.

    Majority stake by a Chinese technology company isn't even close to "owned by China."

    "Owned by china", "majority stake by Chinese technology", makes no difference to me. China's gov't and some of China's businesses stab us every chance they get, and in a cowardly, covert way. They do it through industrial sabotage, monetary manipulation based policy, political smearing and more.

    For example: China for years fed misinformation into Africa about how the USA generated AIDS to get rid of black people. Why? Because China wanted access to resources and customers in Africa and wanted to eliminate competition.

    This whole COVID-19 blaming the US for their problems is just proof of how ugly they really are when it comes to world affairs. So I make a point not to support them when I can avoid it.

    The sooner we get off China's teet the better. We should have never put them in a position where they manufacture the majority of our anti biotics. That was just stupid on our part, as it gives them leverage during an outbreak like this. (And they have threatened to hold back vital meds)

    So like I said, "F-em"

    Any way, I ordered from Amazon. I'll wait a month and power down my NAS backup until then.
  • drivinfast247
    It would seem is no longer available and accepting orders. I placed an order 2 days ago and no conformation email was received yet money was taken from my account. Still no email of any kind but the money has been returned.