The Nintendo Switch has a limited launch supply, and gamers all over the world have attempted to pre-order or wait in line at midnight launches for the chance to get their hands on the device that could revolutionize Nintendo’s place in the console market. Unfortunately, it appears a number of people have taken up pre-order spots with the sole intent of re-listing the Switch online, as eBay and Amazon have become flooded with people attempting to sell the console for anywhere between $425-750 USD online.
While eBay appears to have people listing the Switch in the highest range of its secondary market prices, things on Amazon are only a little bit more reasonable. The “Buy it Now” listings on eBay are where prices truly skyrocket, though some of those listings at least have the decency of offering copies of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild alongside the console.
Unbelievably, some of the sales listings on eBay are actually pre-selling a pre-order, meaning the seller hasn’t even gotten their own hands on a Nintendo Switch yet. It has been a while since the video game industry saw hype surrounding a console reach this level, and despite the fact that Nintendo’s stock actually fell when it announced the Switch, things look promising for the company. It’s worth keeping in mind that some of the demand for the Switch may be artificially created due to its low launch supply, however.
Depending on online retailers, a new supply of Switch consoles could take over two or three weeks to stock, which is the reason the secondary market for the device is so volatile currently. The reviews of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have only increased the demand for the Switch, and while the new Zelda game is also available on Wii U, that console did historically poorly for Nintendo, meaning many gamers will need to purchase a Switch to be able to play.
While the price of a Switch on the secondary market might seem ridiculous, it’s also the only option for some people who simply aren’t willing to wait a few extra weeks to get their hands on Nintendo’s new console – and, presumably, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which Game Rant gave a perfect score.
Source: VG 24/7