That Was Quick: Scalpers Resell Nintendo Switch OLED Model Pre-Orders for $600

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PCMag 15 July, 2021 - 03:48pm 6 views

When do switch OLED preorders start?

Preorders began at 3 PM ET / 12 PM PT today, and will likely sell out. If you're more of a traditionalist, you can also preorder the red-and-blue model at Best Buy, and Target, though neither configuration is expected to ship until the Nintendo Switch OLED model officially goes on sale on October 8th. The VergeWhere to preorder the Nintendo Switch OLED model

The eBay listings for confirmed pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch OLED model began to appear within an hour after the sales began.

Today’s pre-order sales for the Nintendo Switch OLED model didn’t just attract gamers. Scalpers were also quick to buy up the product too.

On eBay, you can now find over 600 listings for confirmed pre-orders for the Nintendo Switch OLED model. And many of them are going for around $600, or about 70 percent more than the standard $349 price. 

The scalping won’t surprise anyone. But the eBay listings were posted rather quickly, within an hour after the pre-orders began to go live at 12pm PST. 

We were among the customers trying to secure a pre-order from various retailers on Thursday. But we failed due to the high demand. Both Best Buy and Walmart ran out of inventory before we could finish the checkout process. 

Meanwhile, numerous scalpers began reselling the Nintendo Switch model on eBay, even though they have no product in hand. Instead, they’re promising they’ll ship out the console once they receive it from retailers. To prove the resale is legit, some scalpers are including screenshots of Best Buy or Target confirming the pre-order.  

eBay initially only turned up 223 listings when we searched for "Nintendo Switch OLED" at 1pm PST. But by 1:40pm, the listings had ballooned to 614.

The scalpers were likely able to snatch up the supplies with the help of bots, which can automatically complete the checkout process over an e-commerce site in a few seconds. Some bot makers also claim they’ve found "bypasses" at online retailers, enabling them to place orders for an in-demand product ahead of normal consumers. 

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