The Nintendo Switch has sold more than 52 million units in just over three years, but you might have notice ever since the Covid-19 pandemic started it is getting harder and harder to find a Nintendo Switch at the standard $299 retail pricetag.
During the virus pandemic Nintendo has had a hard time sourcing parts from Malaysia which in return has made it a challenge for them to keep up with production and this is why you are seeing the console sold out no matter where you turn.
There are empty shelves at Target, Best Buy and Walmart. With every bad situation comes the scalpers and scalpers are charging twice the asking price on online shopping retailers such as ebay as well as Amazon.
I must have got lucky when I got my girlfriend’s Nintendo Switch lite from Target because we are experience shortages there as well!
It’s the Snes Classic All Over Again!
This is exactly what happen with the Snes Classic and the Nes Classic. Scalpers took advantage of the classic console’s limited supply and lack of production. The prices for the Snes Classic were about triple the original retail price and sometime even four times those prices.
On eBay the Nintendo Switch has been going for sometimes double the retail $299 retail price, currently I found one for $200 over asking price and for some people that might not be such a big deal but for others who don’t wants to pay that much over retail it’s not an option.
What’s The Reason For The Shortage & Price Hike?
Well we are all aware of the current situation with the Covid-19 virus and most places around the world are either shutdown completely or business is extremely scaled back all around the world. Nintendo apparently sources parts from Malasia and production is down there because of the virus.
Even though, Nintendo is still producing Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite consoles they are sold out in most major retailers but why is that? It seems that there are a large amount of Nintendo Switches online but at large price hikes and this is because of a bot.
What is a bot?
For those who might not be familiar with a bot it is a program which is designed to automate a certain task such as watch the online market and purchase Nintendo Switches as soon as they are back in stock. This is exactly what is happening, scalpers are using a bot that keeps on eye out and purchase a bunch of Nintendo Switches as soon as they hit the online market.
When Will Nintendo Produce More Nintendo Switch Systems?
Now Nintendo has made a Statement last month claiming that more systems are on the way but the question is when? Here’s what Nintendo has to say: “Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the US, but more systems are on the way. We Apologize for any inconvenience.”
Now there is an expected restock date of as soon as next month and apparently as soon as the switch returns to shelves it’s is said to be in greater numbers than ever before. Nintendo is talking numbers as large as 22 million Nintendo Switch Systems which would include the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. Of course this projection isn’t written in stone but I guess we will just have to wait and see.
Where To Buy The Nintendo Switch?
Well that is the question on most Nintendo Switch seekers in the present time and currently as of today I have found certain places to pick up a Nintendo Switch. Now most of the listing items are for a Nintendo Switch Lite so if you are in the market for the portable only version this is great Nintendo Switch News for you!
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