To keep n3DS, or to scalp (I know it's frowned upon) towards an n3DS XL......

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by DiscostewSM, Nov 26, 2016.


For my situation (read post), what do you think I should do?

  1. Keep one n3DS and cancel other (easiest to deal with)

    11 vote(s)
  2. Keep one n3DS and sell other (harder because of sell handling, and is only for profit)

    0 vote(s)
  3. Sell both and then buy an n3DS XL (hardest because of needing to sell both)

    8 vote(s)
  1. DiscostewSM

    DiscostewSM GBAtemp Guru

    Feb 10, 2009
    United States
    Sacramento, California
    So, I technically have 2 $99 black n3DS units. Initially, my plan was to get just one, but ended up getting two because of the first order being held till Dec 2nd, and found another store afterwards having 1-hr pick-up (which really was next day by that time). So now I'm stuck with a decision to make. Thought about just cancelling my other order and keeping the unit I have now, or even selling my other order for a little more (this is scalping, sorry). However, having used a 3DS XL for so long, the drop in unit size and screen size is kind of a put-off. It's not like that for everyone, but I'm a guy with big hands who made the jump to XL from o3DS in the first place because of the OG 3DS cramping my hands. The n3DS is a bit bigger in size and screens from an OG 3DS, of course, but I'm afraid it may still cramp my hands a little.

    So, with this, I actually considered selling both n3DS units for a little more, and putting that money towards an n3DS XL. Not looked upon highly because everyone hates a scalper, but it was not my intention in the first place. It just happens that I'm in a position where I could do this. Whatever happens though, I plan to softmod what I have in the end. My o3DS XL is softmodded with A9HL + Luma (11.2), and I'd need to transfer all my purchases to the newer unit. If I were to get an n3DS XL, then it would likely have 10.7 vs 11.0+ of these n3DS units, making things a bit easier.

    So my options...

    1) Keep n3DS and cancel other order (easiest)
    2) Keep n3DS and sell other order (harder)
    3) Sell both and then buy an n3DS XL (hardest)

    There are a few things going for the n3DS units that encourage me to keep one.

    - Swappable face plates (I like them)
    - Smaller, means it can actually fit in a pocket (but could still cramp my hands)
    - May not be true, but the audio from smaller units is louder, whether by speakers, or overall.

    I'm just not really sure right now.
  2. icecreamcake

    icecreamcake GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 25, 2016
    You could save it and give it to a relative as a Xmas present.
  3. proflayton123

    proflayton123 Undeclared Shitposter 2.1

    Jan 11, 2016
    I do not condone scalping one bit, personally.
  4. DiscostewSM

    DiscostewSM GBAtemp Guru

    Feb 10, 2009
    United States
    Sacramento, California
    Understandable. I personally hate it, especially when I'm on the unfortunate side of wanting something but can't get it for the regular price, so this option to help towards an n3DS XL kind of bugs me. If I only had access to the one unit, I wouldn't even consider scalping, but I've already paid for the other one.
  5. slaphappygamer

    slaphappygamer Frizzle Fry

    Nov 30, 2008
    United States
    Do a giveaway?
  6. LittleFlame

    LittleFlame Thinks he's better than all of you

    Jan 30, 2015
    That one place
    Scalping gets a bad rep 'cuz of assholes that just buy all the supplies and resell it I think you're in the right to sell it
    KunoichiZ, osaka35 and SaffronXL like this.
  7. astrangeone

    astrangeone GBAtemp Addict

    Dec 1, 2009
    I would say, resell it. I myself was in a similar situation, having picked up a "rare" Galaxy n3DS XL. I hate the weight/feel of the XLes, so I ended up hacking it and reselling it on.
    H1B1Esquire likes this.
  8. osaka35

    osaka35 Instrucional Designer

    Nov 20, 2009
    United States
    Silent Hill
    A finder's fee of something below 15% is pretty understandable, so long as you didn't buy ALL of them in order to artificially inflate demand. I mean, it's pretty much the business model of any reseller store, including gamestop and whatnot. Don't feel bad about reselling them.
  9. fvig2001

    fvig2001 Advanced Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    I'd sell it with some profit. Just put a reason for selling so it won't look so bad.
  10. H0thTr0n

    H0thTr0n Advanced Member

    Nov 20, 2016
    United States
    Sell both black Friday for $110 for small profit and buy nice large new 3ds XL. Small screens suck, go big.



    Last edited by H0thTr0n, Nov 28, 2016
  11. DiscostewSM

    DiscostewSM GBAtemp Guru

    Feb 10, 2009
    United States
    Sacramento, California
    Decided to give the n3DS a try with MK7, making sure my hands were thoroughly washed every so often. Unfortunately, trying to hold it was not working well for me with regard to comfort. With the o3DS XL I have, the corners rest in my palms while I can still push the face buttons and use the D-Pad. With the n3DS, I could not do that with MK7. If it were for a game like MH, where I'd use the C-nub, it would be one thing, but not all games are like that. One other annoyance is the power button. It's rather hard to push. I hear it's easier on the n3DS XLs because it stick out a bit more. Some say it's not as good because of accidental pressing, but I don't think I'll have that issue. Could always go with the case-like cover that @H0thTr0n uses.

    So anyways, on Sunday, Target had their 15% off most items, including the n3DS XL, and Amazon seemed to have automatically price-matched it, so I got a Black one from there. Will arrive either late this week or early next week. In the meantime, I'll have to go sell the n3DS units I have, even if it pains me to do it with limited edition ones.

    Thank you all for your comments.
  12. RemixDeluxe

    RemixDeluxe GBAtemp Psycho!

    Nov 23, 2010
    United States
    The only thing I dislike about scalping are the people that buy into it. I have friends who scalp and they tell me the majority if not all people who buy into scalpers are parents who claim to want it for their child. Those are the true scum of the Earth to accept this behavior and make things harder for the rest of us, not so much the scalpers.
  13. Megaben99

    Megaben99 I'm not an intern. I'm a messenger of the Gods!

    Mar 19, 2015
    United States
    If it helps, scalping really only applies to tickets. If you are buying a commodity and hoping to sell it for money makes you a speculator. :yay3ds:
  14. sentaihenpai

    sentaihenpai Member

    Nov 29, 2016
    United States
    Honestly if anything sell your 3ds' and get the new 3ds xl. It'll be more work, but it'll be worth it.
  15. el_gonz87

    el_gonz87 GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Aug 24, 2016
    United States
    Hack the N3DS units with A9LH and install the works (freeshop, luma updater, etc..) then sell for profit.