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Where Can I Buy a Nintendo Switch?

It goes without saying that you won’t be able to play any games on the Switch if you don’t have one to begin with. With the Switch in such high demand many of you may be wondering, “Where can I buy a Nintendo Switch?” Here are some suggestions that may help you get your hands on this remarkable gaming device.

Check Your Local Retail Stores

If you’re looking to buy a Nintendo Switch one of the first places I would recommend checking out are local retail stores near you. Here are some stores that sell the Switch at regular intervals:

  • Walmart
  • Gamestop
  • Target
  • Toys R Us
  • Best Buy

However, due to the Switch’s high demand you may find that these stores will be out of stock quite often. Call in or check online in order to confirm when the soonest re-stock time will be available.

Hit the Web: Online Stores

If you don’t want to visit one of these stores in person fear not! There are many stores online that can sell you a Switch. Fair warning, however: prices for the Switch online tend to be higher than those found in conventional brick-and-mortar stores. With that said, some stores that comes to mind are as follows, in no particular order:

  • Amazon.com
  • Thinkgeek.com
  • Walmart.com
  • Gamestop.com
  • Bestbuy.com
  • Overstock.com
  • Jet.com

Besides these sites there are many other places where you can find either the Switch or Switch bundles if you are willing to do some searching.

Another Option: Buying Used or Refurbished

These options are good for most people, but maybe you’re one of those who are on a budget and don’t want to sink a few hundred dollars on a game system. No worries! There are plenty of ways to get your hands on an either used or refurbished Switch. Here are some great website where you can easily find such a deal:

  • eBay.com
  • Newegg.com
  • Pawnguru.com
  • Bonanza.com
  • eBid.net

Additionally, many of the previously mentioned websites or stores offer used or refurbished Switch systems. Always be sure to check the condition of the used system, otherwise you may end up with a Switch that is not functioning properly or that breaks down soon after you buy it.

Used or Refurbished, What’s the Difference?

There are some differences between used and refurbished items that you’ll want to be aware of. “Used” means that the item in question was used by a consumer and subsequently returned for whatever reason at some point. “Refurbished”, on the other hand, simply means that the item had been inspected, cleaned, and repaired to the point where they are in a similar condition to new items. If an item is “Factory Refurbished” it means that the manufacturer handled the repairs.

Additionally, “Certified Refurbished” items have some certification, either from the original manufacturer or a third party website, that assures the consumer of the legitimacy of the repairs. One last type of refurbished product are those classified as “Open Box”, which means that the item is basically in new condition but the previous owner opened the packaging and thus it can no longer be sold as new. As with used items there is some risk inherent with buying refurbished items, but as long as you have a good idea of who the person who refurbished it is it’s an excellent way to save a ton of money while still getting a great functioning product.

Still No Luck? Try This.

If you are still having no luck, one other option available to you is checking classified ad websites such as:

  • Craigslist.org
  • Geebo.com
  • Oodle Inc.
  • Gumtree.com
  • Backpage.com

These websites allow users to post their own ads for buying or selling just about any product or service imaginable. In all likelihood you will be able to find someone who is offering to sell their Switch for a reasonable price. An important disclaimer, however, is that you should always be extra careful when dealing without anonymous or unverified dealers or people on the internet, or else you might end up being the victim of a scam. I would only go with this option as a last resort for sure.

Prices and Bundles: Get a Sweet Deal

In America, the list price for the Nintendo Switch is $300. If you are buying online you should expect to pay a little more due to the convenience factor. So in this regard it’s up to you if you would rather spend extra money for the ease of ordering online or save money by going in person to a retail location. Another thing to consider is that if you are planning to visit a store on foot the Switch may be sold-out rather quickly due to its exceptionally high demand. And also as mentioned before buying used or refurbished systems is an excellent way to save money without sacrificing much quality.

Often you won’t be buying the Switch all by itself. There are many bundle accessories or bundle options that you’ll want to take a look at before you make your final decision. For example, there is the upcoming Mario Odyssey bundle that is listed at $379.99 on Nintendo’s official website. If you are looking to play one of the most hotly anticipated games of all time right after unboxing your Switch I would highly recommend considering this bundle. If you want a bundle with a game that’s already been out for a while there is the Splatoon 2 bundle, which is also listed at $379.99, and that is a great multiplayer and single-player game in its own right.

As for accessories, you can buy things like extra Joy-Cons, Switch Dock sets, and Joy-Con charging Grips. In particular, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is great if you want a classic style controller for your Switch games. Nintendo also has a paid online service that you’ll need to get if you want to play online with other people. The good news here is that it’s extremely easy on your wallet, with the cost being only $20 a year.

Now You’re All Set!

Now you should have all the knowledge you need in order to get your hands on a Nintendo Switch, which is one of the most innovative gaming platforms on the market. Go out, get one, and get your Switch on!

Images taken from Wikimedia Commons and https://www.flickr.com/photos/bochalla/.

Tarik Ozgur

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