If you’re one of the many people looking to buy a Nintendo Switch any time soon, we have a warning for you: Beware of Amazon Nintendo Switch scams!
Thanks to the incredible demand and the supply issues the Nintendo Switch is experiencing, Amazon scammers posing as sellers are taking advantage of people desperately looking for Nintendo’s latest console.
If you go right now to purchase a Nintendo Switch on Amazon, you’ll notice that there is a huge increase in third-party listings for the Nintendo Switch which contain little to no feedback ratings with an unusually low buy price for the Switch.
Do Not Buy From These Seller Accounts, They Are Scams
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How does the Amazon seller scam work?
Right now, scammers are signing up with new Amazon seller accounts and what they do is list popular items far below the market selling price and add a longer than usual shipping date to the listing.
Once the item is ordered they eventually mark the product as shipped as soon as they receive the money. When the shipping date has passed and the buyer is wondering what is going on the seller already has the money and is gone in the wind.
Note: If you are the victim of an Amazon scammer go to this page and file a claim immediately.
What exactly is an Amazon Nintendo Switch scam?
At the moment, there are a lot of Nintendo Switch scams listed on Amazon. There are a bunch of new sellers with little to no ratings that are selling the Nintendo Switch for far below the market sticker price.
Since the Nintendo Switch is an in-demand product the scammers are hoping to cash in on all the hype and demand. They are doing their best to take advantage of buyers looking to purchase the Switch as soon as possible because the scammers know buyers have few options.
How can I determine if a Nintendo Switch seller on Amazon is a scammer?
Here are a few quick ways to easily tell if a seller on Amazon is running a scam.
- The seller has a brand-new account
- The seller has zero ratings or only a handful of ratings (especially negative ratings)
- The seller is listing the sale price below the sticker price
- The seller has listed a longer than usual shipping range
If you plan to purchase a Nintendo Switch from a third-party seller your best deterrent against scammers is to always use common sense. Ask yourself, why would a seller list the Nintendo Switch below sticker price? The answer is simple, they don’t really have a Nintendo Switch to sell you.
Always be wary of any newly opened seller account. If they seller account has little to no feedback, pass on it for now. If there is feedback, make sure it is positive with several successful transactions to prove the seller is legitimate. The longer span of time that the transactions have occurred, the more convincing that the seller is legit.
The shipping dates are a common theme you’ll notice when buying a Nintendo Switch from Amazon third party sellers who turn out to be scammers. If the shipping date is set for weeks out from when you are ordering the Switch, then buyer beware! If the seller has the console on hand, then there is no need for the seller to have to hold onto the Nintendo Switch for weeks before shipping it.
I know about the recent Nintendo Switch scam going on where just launched users sell at half the retail price, I’ve seen several do so. However, seeing a $320 with $3.99 shipping fee didn’t really cross my mind as a possible scam attempt until it was too late. The guy, a 4 star rated seller who hasn’t had feedback in over a year, was trying to sell one at this price (or several as he had about 17+ in stock). He only contacted me once by email when I inquired about the price and when I went to purchase it, it went straight to “preparing to ship” within minutes. Do you guys think it’s a possible scam or is it just me over thinking?
EDIT: Yeah the guy was a scammer. Amazon was able to handle the problem so now I’m going through the A-Z Guarantee Process for my refund. Does it usually really take as long as 1-2 weeks to process a refund? And is there anything to worry about?
Again, since the Nintendo Switch is a hot ticket item and supply is short, no legitimate seller is going to sell the Switch and make little to no profit on it. Right now, the legitimate Amazon Nintendo Switch sellers hold all the cards. So if you find a Nintendo Switch for sale that is around the sticker price, be cautious.
Let’s face it, at this moment in time you’re going to be paying much more than the actually sticker price of the Nintendo Switch. That’s just how supply and demand works. Once the Switch is much more abundant and regularly in stock, prices will return to norm. But for now, until Amazon fixes this problem (if they do at all) take what you learned from this article and be wary of Amazon Nintendo Switch scams.
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