5 Ways to Find a Nintendo Switch In Stock

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When first released, it was nearly impossible to find a Nintendo Switch in stock anywhere. Over three years later, the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, and Joy-Cons are nowhere to be found. “But why?”

Joy-Cons are hard to find due to two reasons: 1. Nintendo Switch popularity; and 2. Joy-Con Drift problems. (Check out our Joy-Con drift quick fix article.)

Animal Cross: New Horizons partly the reason for the Nintendo Switch to not be in stock.

The reason for the Nintendo Switch stock depletion though is partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that is causing many people to be home through quarantine, and work from home efforts that many companies are implementing. The other possible reason is that many children are unable to go play sports, go to friend’s houses, and have typical summer fun, causing them to require more activities at home. There is also some speculation that Animal Crossing: New Horizon also caused a shortage, which was coincidentally released in March, right around where the shortage started.

“Great…but how do I find a Nintendo Switch in stock?”

  1. Check sites and social network marketplaces like eBay, Craigslist, and even Facebook’s Marketplace & local buy/sell groups. There are also apps like LetGo. These can be very good resources, but also could be somewhat problematic. Buying from a stranger online can introduce all sorts of problems like scams and price gouging. For example, a quick search on eBay displays numerous Nintendo Switch consoles in stock available for over $100 more than list price. Potential buyers also have to be on the lookout for scams. Is it a real Nintendo Switch? Does it work? Is the box filled with a brick, etc. Some sites, like eBay, do offer some customer protection.
    • Pros:
      • Usually available
      • Multiple listings
      • Some free shipping
      • No tax
    • Cons:
      • Price gouging
      • Potential scams
      • Some high shipping costs
      • Potentially dangerous when having to meet in person
  2. Download Apps from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store like LetGo, OfferUp, Mercari, etc. These services are another great place to look but can also be as troublesome. Make sure to check seller ratings and when possible seller’s history. While these are a great resource to locate hard to find items, you’re still subject to the same Pros and Cons as above.
    • Pros:
      • Usually always available
      • Multiple listings
      • Some free shipping
      • No tax
    • Cons:
      • Price gouging
      • Potential scams
      • Sometimes high shipping costs
      • Potentially dangerous when having to meet in person
  3. Stalk popular retailers like Target, Best Buy, GameStop, and Walmart. Checking their websites nightly is generally a good option as some of the online retailer’s inventories get refreshed at night. Sites like Target and Best Buy have the ability to search their in-store availability as well, thus giving the opportunity of an in-store pick-up, or when not available, a first jump in the AM to find a Nintendo Switch in stock.
    • Pros:
      • No price gouging
      • Safe purchase
      • Often free shipping or free ship to store pickup
    • Cons:
      • Time-consuming
      • Sometimes shipping if not local
      • Have to pay tax
      • Others will be doing the same
  4. Check unusual retailers like Kohl’s, Micro Center, B&H, BJs and even Costco. This sounds a little silly, but some of these locations may or may not get any inventory. Perhaps because its hit or miss at these retailers, these stores are often overlooked by buyers and can often yield results on hard to find items like the Nintendo Switch in stock . It doesn’t hurt to try and/or ask if they are receiving any. Usually, a quick online search on their respective sites will give you an idea if the retailer will carry it in-store or online.
    • Pros:
      • Less competition with other buyers
      • No price gouging
      • Safe purchase
    • Cons:
      • Time-consuming
      • Shipping if not local
      • Have to pay tax
  5. Check sites like StockInformer.com and NowInStock.net. These sites are probably the easiest, as they automatically check online stock levels of multiple online sellers like GameStop, Target, Amazon, and even eBay. These sites usually have a notification feature and will notify you via email or text when stock replenishes. Of course, keep in mind, you are not the only one doing this. There are going to be thousands of other people doing the exact same thing, but if you’re able to jump on the notification timely, you may get lucky. These things do sell out quickly, you may still not find a Nintendo Switch in stock despite receiving a notification.
    • Pros:
      • The easiest
      • Minimal opportunities for price gouging
      • Minimal opportunities for scams
    • Cons:
      • In competition with thousands of other people
      • Can be disappointing when an item is not available despite getting a notification

Following some or all of these methods will greatly increase your odds of finding a Nintendo Switch in stock. In fact, I have used these methods to find many things, even non-gaming related, that I failed to pre-order. Mileage may vary but I have had quite a success rate with these methods. Let us know in the comments below how you made out. We’d love to hear how you faired. Happy hunting!