Too Good to Be True? Amazon Scammers Exploiting Nintendo Switch Shortages

In my previous blog post, I discussed the issues surrounding the shortages of Nintendo Switch consoles, where, Nintendo has announced to push its production from 2 million to 10 million consoles to help temporarily solve supply issues.

However, time-scales have not been set for when we should expect to see retailers carrying the Switch. Therefore, frustrated fans are utilising every avenue to try and get their hands on the elusive console and some get lucky, however, a few are falling victim to the hands of scammers exploiting the Switch shortage.

So, how would you know if an Amazon listing is a scam?

It’s getting harder and harder to detect what is genuine and what is not now-a-days, given the sophisticated nature of scammers who operate on the web. However, there are some tell-tell signs which may give away that a listing is fishy.

  • Nintendo Switch consoles listed by third-party sellers who have little to no reviews are often a sign that the listing is a scam.
  • Price offerings that seem too good to be true e.g. the sale price being 10% or more off of the proposed retail price, is often a sign that the listing is a fake.
  • Higher than normal costs. Due to the scarcity of the Nintendo Switch, scammers are confident that desperate fans will pay more than the consoles worth, in the fear of losing out to other buyers.
  • Long shipping estimates. Another thing to look out for is the expected shipping dates. Long shipping dates stall the buyer from filing a complaint and requesting their money back, giving scammers time to pack up shop and flee with your cash.

Now, let’s put our new knowledge to the test!

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Can you spot any listings that may be the work of scammers?

I can.

Bought a Nintendo Switch from an ungenuine Amazon seller? Worry not as Amazon guarantees purchases of anything on the site (even products from third-party sellers), so those who fall victim to scammers are likely to receive their money back in full. However, if the targeted seller has deactivated their account, the refund process can be a lengthy one.

Amazon will likely hold funds until appropriate paperwork is filled out prior to receiving your money back. Those who do not have £299+ lying around will inevitably be financially hurt the most in this situation.

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