What's up with skyrocketing NDSL price?

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  1. deathfisaro
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    Well this happened a week ago. I wanted to get my girlfriend pink NDSL, so I called nearby EBgames, out of stock.
    I started calling all EBgames in nearby cities (3 cities), all out of stock. So I called all Sears, Future Shop, Circuit City, and even Dell. ALL out of stock in all 3 cities.

    So I started searching online stores, ebay, winsunx, and their prices are generally like US$179. There were a few that end up $160~170 with shipping. I was like no way local stored sell them for CAD$ 149, I'd wait until some of them get restocked.

    Fortunately I was able to track down the last pink NDSL in stock in Rogers (yeah, the mobile phone company Rogers) that was like 10 minutes away. And guess what? I got it for roughly US$109 (CAD$129.99).

    I also bought my onyx NDSL for the same price. And because I saved so much on console, I'm also getting her funky stylus, pink pouch, screen protector and clear case which I ordered from dealextreme.com and gamersection.ca.

    Anyway, with whoever got stock selling for US$179+, I'm pretty sure I could have bought a bunch at Rogers and resell them at like US$160 (which is like $50 profit per console) with people willing to buy them.

    I have some friends in Asia, it appears that they are buying it for like US$170~180 ish. Or was I supposed to name my topic "What's up with super cheap NDSLs in North America?"
     
  2. Fieryshadowz

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    *shrugs* overproduction in not-"named" stores... its really hard to find a NDSL now... the only one i saw in SF was this pink one in this Stacker game.. the stores i go to dont have one... i see PS3's Wii and such everywhere.. but NDSL is so rare for some reason o.o
     
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    Try Costco. The DS been sold out for the past few months, but it's starting to come back into stock....
     
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    No, you should have named this topic "who wants to buy a DS for $150 USD" [​IMG]
     
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    Here in the Philippines we have lots of NDSL's in stock in practically every store that sells videogame stuff, even department stores and appliance chains. Prices range from PHP7000 (US$120) to PHP10,000 (US$200), depending on where it was shipped from. So yeah, we're kinda paying a little more because of those shipping charges, not to mention Value-Added Tax, which is an additional 12% [​IMG] . Black market prices for the NDSL here though are about PHP5,000 (US$100), and are tax-free to boot, you just gotta know where to look [​IMG]
     
  6. TLSpartan

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    theres heaps here in australia. my friend bought one a couple weeks ago
     
  7. OSW

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    not exactly heaps
    over christmas i tried to buy a black one and only the third major department store i went to had one,
    but alas, now theres definitely enough to go around!
     
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    There are noticeable shortages across the US and Japan since Christmas.
     
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    i bought mine used so i never really thought of the issue. for some reason i thought it was somthing you could just get anywhere.. tried getting one for my lil bro recently, went to 3 or 4 best buys/futureshops , gone like the wind.
     
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    Try 'since last March' for Japan. Seriously, I've yet to see any white NDSLs in stock ANYWHERE in Tokyo since launch day (March 18, 2006) ... Of course, I haven't exactly been looking everywhere (because I got one on launch day) but I've kind of kept an eye out for a few friends. So far, nothing. [​IMG]
     
  11. deathfisaro
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    All the stores I've called have no idea when they'll get restocked. Anybody know how many units are sold so far? I noticed some people with XBOX vs Wii vs PS3 units sold sig. I wonder if there's PSP vs NDSL sig (I own both =P)
     
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    Just get a used DS Lite. I got one used from Craigslist, the guy only had it for 3 months, even included the original box and stuff all for only $95 CAD. Best deal ever..
     
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    available at:

    www.frys.com
    www.walmart.com
    www.costco.com
    www.toysrus.com
    www.buy.com
    www.amazon.com


    Don't know if they ship to Canada....might want to check......
     
  14. gatorade

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    will they stop manufacturing the ds anytime soon? I'm planning on getting on in the near future and was hoping on price drops...
     
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    dont think they'll stop (its setting records! [​IMG] ) and Nintendo is doing fine w/o price drops!
     
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    looks like I might as well purchase a used one then if there's no price drops
     
  17. gummy

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    As hot as this item is, I seriously doubt the price is going to drop soon. You might get a free gift (E.G. free case). I just bought one for my bf's b-day from buy.com yesterday. It's 129.99 + 6 dollars something shipping. I signed up for the google check out and got 10 dollars off. I am now waiting for my product to come. I think buying online is not bad cause I don't have to pay tax. [​IMG]
     
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    There are loads of them in my town. Meijer had about two dozen in all colors. Wal*Mart always has a few, as does Target....

    If anyone wants me to buy one for them just pay me the shipping costs (and of course the price of the unit). I won't ask for any extra fees. I would require the money up front though as money is kinda tight.
     
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    It appears the States have ample loads while Canada suffers =P
    I also picked up the last Mario Kart DS my local EBgames had in stock, I'm lucky enough to get the last ones
     
  20. eseyo1

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    Yeah, I'm from the California bay area and they are fully stocked everywhere for the usual 129.99.