Have You Tried Buying a Nintendo Switch?
Let’s face it, it’s nearly impossible. No matter where you look, the Switch is either sold out or doubled in price thanks to scalpers. Most websites tell you WHERE to buy a Nintendo Switch, but they don’t tell you HOW to get a Nintendo Switch.
Don’t worry my fellow gamer, I have a solution. After five excruciating months, I finally have my hands on a Nintendo Switch… And it feels oh so good.
But where do you buy a Nintendo Switch? As of right now, the retailers that sell the Switch are Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Walmart, and Toys “R” Us. Let’s talk about each retailer and discover where your best odds are.
Where to Buy a Nintendo Switch?
Where to Buy a Nintendo Switch: Amazon
If you check Amazon.com right now, you’ll most likely find a Nintendo Switch with a slightly inflated price. (When I wrote this article, the Switch was selling for $400.00)
It is very hard to beat scalpers or other companies to a Switch on Amazon. Personally, I never considered buying my Nintendo Switch on Amazon. I literally purchase EVERYTHING on Amazon (I’m broke because of Amazon Prime…). However, certain items, such as game consoles, I tend to purchase through retailers. I’ve had a bad track record of consoles being mishandled during the distribution process.
If you do wish to buy your Nintendo Switch through Amazon, I highly recommend you add both versions of the Switch to your list. Check in throughout the day and get ready to buy when you see the console around $300.00!
Where to Buy a Nintendo Switch: GameStop
So, you want to purchase a Nintendo Switch through GameStop… Good fucking luck…
I pass a GameStop every single day on my commute to work. My entire month of March was spent inside that fucking GameStop. I would poke my head in, ask for a Switch, and would always leave disappointed.
The worst part about GameStop is they only promote their Nintendo Switch bundles.
Now, if you’re broke (like me) you don’t care much for bundles. You want two things: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and a conduit to play it on, aka the Nintendo Switch.
If you are looking to purchase a bundle, GameStop is your place. They’re trustworthy, you know what to expect, and they ship it directly to your address.
Where to Buy a Nintendo Switch: Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and Toys “R” Us
THESE RETAIL STORES ARE WHERE YOU WILL MOST LIKELY FIND YOUR SWITCH.
The best thing about retail stores is they restock often. Personally, I’ve noticed Best Buy, Target, and Walmart usually receive their shipments on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday night. This means, the likelihood of your Switch being in stock on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning is high! (One of the store representatives told me this. If any of you work for these stores and have more details, please leave a comment below!)
The tricky part is knowing exactly when the shipment comes in. I’ve called multiple times and received the same response: “We just had five Switches in stock earlier this morning. I’m not sure when we’ll get another shipment.”
The early bird catches the worm! Use the mornings to your advantage. While every other gamer is asleep, wake up early and call or go to these stores. This is exactly how I got my hands on a Nintendo Switch. Target (7:00 AM) and Walmart (6:00 AM) will be your best bet since most people be asleep at that time.
I’ve provided store hours for each retail store below. Keep in mind, times may vary based on your location or holidays.
5 Tips on How to Get a Nintendo Switch:
1. Don’t worry about which color Switch to get. When I started my journey, all I wanted was the Switch with red and blue joy-cons. After a while, all I wanted was a Switch. You can always change the joy-cons later, focus on getting your hands on the console first.
2. You have to remain active. Trust me, it’s weird and uncomfortable calling the same retail store every single morning for the same exact thing. Eventually, I had fun with it. I ended up giving my cell phone number to one of the store representatives at Best Buy because we talked so much. Keep calling, checking online, visiting the stores, etc.
3. Don’t cave. Be patient. I was very close to admitting defeat and purchasing a bundle from GameStop. If you have the extra income, by all means, buy a bundle. But, I know you don’t have the disposable income because somehow you’ve stumbled across this article. Don’t pay double for the bundle if you don’t need it.
I was very close to admitting defeat and purchasing a bundle from GameStop. If you have the extra income, by all means, buy a bundle. But, I know you don’t have the disposable income because somehow you’ve stumbled across this article. Don’t pay double for the bundle if you don’t need it.
4. Check your local websites and game stores. Ask your friends on social media, search on Craigslist, and swing by those hole in the wall game shops. You’ll be surprised at what you might find.
5. The early bird gets the worm. Aka, get your ass up early and start calling department stores. I’m now a proud owner of a Nintendo Switch because I walked into a Target at 7:15 AM while I was on my way to work.
Getting your hands on a Nintendo Switch (for a reasonable price) is not easy. If it was, I wouldn’t be writing this article and you’d be 100 hours deep in Zelda BOTW right now. Stay positive, stay active, and keep grinding until you get what you want. It is worth it, I promise.