The Nintendo SNES Classic Mini went on sale last Friday and although plenty of fans had already pre-ordered the console or bought it on the day, there's still a HUGE number of Nintendo fans who simply haven't been able to buy a unit.
Stock has unsurprisingly been flying off physical and digital shelves, in most cases within minutes of going on sale.
Although stock is much easier to come by compared to last year with the NES, a lack of stock has still been a problem for all retailers, including the likes of GAME, Argos, John Lewis, Tesco and even Nintendo's own website.
However, there is one place you 100% CAN buy a SNES Classic Mini right now and that's Shpock, the mobile and online "Boot Sale App".
The only problem is that they're been sold by scalpers at quite a big markup, with prices typically ranging from £110-£160, which is obviously quite steep considering the consoles £69.99 RRP.
"We understand that there is a high demand for the console which drives the price up above its RRP (the average selling price is just above £110). However, this is similar to all collector's and limited editions and is a result of the manufacturer not producing enough of the item to fulfil the extremely large pre-order demand.
"Shpock, is the boot sale app and bargaining is a big part of this. Users are free to bargain with each other to find a price that is agreeable to both parties and only then is a deal finally reached."
We doubt somewhat that you'll find any Shpock sellers willing to "bargain" the price down and personally we'd advise anyone to keep their money rather than allowing scalpers to profit.
However, for those of you unwilling to stay vigilent and keep one eye on Stock Informer for regular stock updates (at normal prices) this is one possible last resort, especially if you've promised a little one a SNES for Christmas.
It's also worth noting that Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told the Financial Times that he warned against buying the SNES Classic Mini from scalpers.
The Nintendo boss said Nintendo had “dramatically increased” production for the SNES Classic Mini and warned against paying above the RRP.
"I would strongly urge you not to over-bid on an SNES Classic on any of the auction sites . . . You shouldn't [have to] pay more than $79.99,” Fils-Aime said.
In addition to this, Nintendo also recently announced that the SNES Classic Mini would still be restocked and sold again in 2018.
For anyone that's forgotten, the SNES Launched in Europe in 1992 and introduced what many consider some of the greatest video games of all time – classics such as Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, Super Metroid and F-ZERO.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System contains 21 pre-installed classic games, can easily be plugged into any high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable.
Plus, for the first time, players who pick up the system can enjoy the intergalactic adventure Star Fox 2, the sequel to the original Star Fox (originally titled Starwing upon release in Europe) game that was created during the Super Nintendo era but never released anywhere.
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