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http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/03/buying_a_nintendo_switch_is_proving_to_be_difficult_in_the_us_right_now

 

All my targets even say out of stock now.  Even the lite except the lite is ship able.  But no stock in stores.

 

I wonder if this is because of corona virus.  People being forced to stay at home so they bought a switch to pass the time.  Or resell on ebay and scam others in this tough time.

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one of my co-workers had to go to three stores in his area (he lives in Michigan) to find one. 

 

I would say a lot of the issues probably lie with supply-chain- hopefully in six months or so things will even out.

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store.nintendo.com says

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We are unable to take orders for physical products at this time. Digital products are still available.

 

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I mean come on, by this point I thought most people here would've had 1-2 Switches already.

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There's market saturation while everyone has to go to work and school, then there's the new market condition when everyone has to stay at home and fill their days and minds with something. 

 

I never would have expected to settle my mind enough to make time for Animal Crossing, yet here we are. 

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1 hour ago, Flojomojo said:

There's market saturation while everyone has to go to work and school, then there's the new market condition when everyone has to stay at home and fill their days and minds with something. 

 

I never would have expected to settle my mind enough to make time for Animal Crossing, yet here we are. 

One of us!  One of us!

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Thanks for the heads-up on this! I told my kids we'd use some of the gov't stimulus money to get a Switch, but I'll start checking now and buy as soon as I see one available.

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Even before the outbreak, Switches were notably hard to find.  Lites were easier, but it was rare to find them at the store, and they were usually gone by the end of the day.

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Supply chain issues are real, but I think some of it is also the scum of humanity if you check facebook, craigslist, amazon and ebay.  Why pay $300 for a Switch when you have the opportunity on the marketplace to find many for $450+ am I right? :D  They know there is a captive audience, and for once, that's not just a saying, so you have scalping scum taking advantage.

 

It's not just Switch, take a look for staple items that don't go bad in a few days or need chilling.  Bread making goods like baking powder/soda, dry yeast, flours, etc.  Formerly $2.50-4 for something, now like $50-200+.

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And hand sanitizer.  But seriously before covid-19 my local target always had 5 or 10 when ever I went.  And costco had a bundle with 2 games and a case for 400 back in 2017 or 2018.  It just recently its sold out. 

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18 hours ago, ChildOfCv said:

Even before the outbreak, Switches were notably hard to find.  Lites were easier, but it was rare to find them at the store, and they were usually gone by the end of the day.

True. I got mine a week or two before coronapocalypse hit, I had to check around online a bit for a brick and mortar store. Now even Amazon doesn't seem to have any.

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Posted (edited)

slightly off-topic, but it's reported that NoA is not sending any Switches out that are in their repair depots as well until they have workers return to them.

 

https://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8261/session/L3RpbWUvMTU4NTMyODE1NC9nZW4vMTU4NTMyODE1NC9zaWQvZlVzZ3d5dUo2NkVJS05Nck9XTkFlWWs2Mm9qYWtYRU9lbElQSTE4ZWhLa0pCck9qUldJNFglN0VKZ1NBT0NHNVNuSThZczlwcVF6a2hRT0c2UEs4NVc1U1hCWFF4TkVwbkxZJTdFdVQzQXZWQXVxJTdFTl9oViU3RVRSQUtzbHclMjElMjE%3D

 

(edited for linky from Nintendo)

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I saw that, I think it was an email from them or something they made public, but they shut down their NYC repair hub for all their systems called Radio City.

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Yeah they weren't really that hard to find before the "coronapocalypse" lol, I like that. Our store always had them, maybe only lites , but they were available. Maybe Nintendo was fazing out the original?

 

As for now, literally 3/5 of the us population is under stay at home orders, what to do? Play video games! And it's already a hot seller, so that just puts more strain on the supply chain. Top that with (as much as some will hate this) it not being essential, meaning factories and supply chains are being closed, if they aren't already, and it's just being even more scarce.

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I don't know but my niece just bought one literally yesterday and excitedly sent me a pic... the Animal Crossing version.

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Posted (edited)

I think Animal Crossing has a lot to do with it, too.

 

http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/03/nintendo_sold_more_switch_consoles_last_week_than_at_launch_in_japan_thanks_to_animal_crossing

 

"Famitsu reports that just over 392,000 units were sold last week (including both Switch and Switch Lite models), comfortably topping the 330,000 total achieved during the system's launch."

 

"...chart data from the UK shows that the title went straight to number one, selling more copies in its opening week than all past Animal Crossing games combined."

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Pokemon is driving sales as always too, but this new style they did with AC is making it sell like crazy so it's kind of a 1-2 punch for those who held out and now are wanting the hardware.  We're at a mid/after mid point when the systems tend to get like a second breath of life in sales as people see it did well(whatever system it may be) and that there's a line up of a lot of interesting games now to choose from and can be had mostly for less than the retailed for either used or in many cases new too.

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I've got 3 sets of joycons (the ones that came with 2 switches + extra joycon pair) and have already had to have 2 of them fixed. 

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They've been sold out here for a few months now on Amazon. It seems a lot of local shops are selling their Switch Lites on Amazon at slightly above MSRP, but the regular model is like $500 for a new one now. There is a Tsutaya down the street from my house that probably has a whole stack of them, though. They still had the Famicom Mini, its Shounen Jump variant, and the Super Famicom Mini last time I went there about a month ago, too.

 

I might go there since the screen protector on my Switch somehow cracked in half while it was in the dock maybe a week ago and I'm curious to see what options for screen protectors they might have. Might as well see if they have any actual hardware out of curiosity while I'm there.

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