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The Nintendo Switch is sold out all over the place, making prices more expensive...
The Nintendo Switch is sold out all over the place, making prices more expensive than usual
If there’s one thing that can keep people entertained during quarantine, it’s video games.
You may have noticed that Nintendo Switch pricing seems to be significantly higher than normal. It's been like this for a while and may continue for the foreseeable future.
Looking for a good deal on a Nintendo Switch?
While most of the usual gaming retailers may be sold out, we did see some available Switches at a few of the larger stores. Check these stores for current availability and pricing:
Current Switches Available at eBayBecause eBay focuses solely on 3rd-party sellers, even when the Nintendo Switch is sold out at stores like Target, Walmart or Amazon, eBay tends to still offer switches for sale. Keep in mind though that you may end up paying a premium as 3rd-party sellers often resell after purchasing at the full retail price. If you're not looking for a Switch right now, it may be worth waiting a few weeks until the larger big box stores restock them.
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So, why is the Nintendo Switch so expensive right now?
The short answerNintendo Switches are so expensive right now because there is little to no supply available for US retailers. This is causing the Nintendo Switch cost on the remaining supply to be marked up, mostly by third-party sellers or resellers. Nintendo of America is aware of the shortage and has stated that 'there is more supply on the way'. The vagueness of this answer is a bit frustrating as it doesn't state how long this supply shortage will last.
The long answerWith COVID-19 impacting nearly every industry around the world, shipping and supply chains have been hit particularly hard. Fact of the matter is, the retail stock of the Nintendo Switch is practically nonexistent right now, and there’s no word as to when they may be restocked. That being the case, getting your hands on a Switch right now would cost you a whole lot more than usual. Naturally, you’d be hard-pressed to find some recent Switch releases, like Doom Eternal or the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s becoming very difficult to find a Nintendo Switch console at is normal retail Nintendo Switch prices, that being around $300. The situation is the same across nearly every channel, which includes eBay, Amazon and Best Buy. The Nintendo Switch Lite, which has a retail price of $200, is not quite as rare as the regular model, but it is still sold out on Amazon, so it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows if you were willing to settle for a Lite. Nintendo of America is fully aware of the supply shortage, and they are hoping to rectify the situation as soon as possible. Of course, it’s almost impossible to really say when that may be. A Nintendo spokesperson provided comment to Hollywood Reporter saying, "Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the U.S., but more systems are on the way. We apologize for any inconvenience."
How much is a Nintendo Switch console right now?If you absolutely need to buy a Nintendo Switch right now, you can still find Nintendo Switches for sale online, but with the situation being so dire, you will be paying exorbitant prices. As of today, the cheapest Nintendo Switch for sale on Amazon right now is more than $400, and the cheapest Lite is $230. Those won’t be able to be shipped for weeks. If you were to pay for either model to be delivered ASAP, you would have to pay approximately $480 or $299 respectively. The situation on eBay is almost identical. There are plenty of used Nintendo Switch consoles for sale there, but most of them are being sold at retail prices. And if you wanted to get a brand-new Switch from eBay, expect to pay $400 or $250 for a Lite. Making matters worse is the fact that no one has any idea when this stock situation will get better. With the COVID-19 outbreak actually worsening in some countries, shipping and supply concerns could get much worse before they get better, which means it could be a pretty long time before Switches hit the shelves at local retail stores at the normal Nintendo Switch price. Frankly, if you don’t have a Switch right now, you’re probably better off waiting to buy a Nintendo Switch until the situation calms down and returns to normal, even if that might be awhile. After all, paying upwards of $150 extra for a new Switch is kind of ridiculous. Unless you have plenty of disposable income to throw around and literally no other way to entertain yourself, we’d recommend steering clear of a Switch in the current market.
Did the Nintendo Switch go up in price?During the pandemic, the price for the Nintendo Switch did go up. However, that was not because Nintendo America raised the MSRP, it was due to a shortage and limited supply. With fewer Switches available and the demand for the Switch rising, those who had the Switch in stock were able to charge more than the regular price.
Why are used Nintendo Switches so expensive?Used Nintendo Switches are expensive because of limited supply. You have new Switches that are priced higher than normal due to limited in supply so the less expensive used version is now in higher demand as well. Related: Buy Nintendo Switch [wp-faq-schema title="Nintendo Switch FAQs"]
With COVID-19 impacting nearly every industry around the world, shipping and supply chains have been hit particularly hard. Fact of the matter is, the retail stock of the Nintendo Switch is practically nonexistent right now, and there’s no word as to when they may be restocked. That being the case, getting your hands on a Switch right now would cost you a whole lot more than usual. Naturally, you’d be hard-pressed to find some recent Switch releases, like Doom Eternal or the new Animal Crossing.
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