Hoping to get your fingers on the virtually good pint-sized Tremendous Nintendo Traditional Version? Issues is perhaps trying up. A batch of official numbers from eBay — sure, the mega-auction website — counsel that Nintendo’s mini-SNES is much much less worthwhile for scalpers than you might need thought.
Final 12 months, its impossible-to-find predecessor, the $60 NES Traditional Version, simply bought for $240 on eBay — 4 instances the sticker worth and a good-looking $180 revenue minus tax and delivery. (Even a used NES Traditional can nonetheless fetch $150 at this time.)
However eBay tells Proinertech that the brand new, $80 SNES Traditional Version bought, on common, for simply $165 on launch day. Positive, that is nonetheless double your cash, nevertheless it means every unit is value almost $100 much less to scalpers on common.
(My math instructor at all times requested me to indicate my work, so right here you go: $165 income – $80 price = $85 revenue for SNES… in comparison with $240 income – $60 price = $180 revenue for NES. $85 – $180 = -$95, that is $95 you lose on revenue.)
Not solely that, however eBay’s gross sales already appear to have slowed — from 240 models an hour on Friday to 90 models an hour over Saturday and Sunday. Over the weekend, the common sale worth was $158.50, in line with the corporate.
(Word: We’re solely measuring consoles that truly bought — not the loopy costs some scalpers are asking for. These do not rely.)
Nintendo stated it might ship extra SNES Traditional consoles on day one than it did of the NES Traditional all final 12 months, and that actually appeared to be our expertise after we hit up shops within the wee hours of Friday morning.
That is not very useful when you did not nab one your self, after all. However there’s cause to be optimistic. If scalpers are having a tricky time promoting the SNES Traditional for an enormous revenue, maybe these inflated costs will come down — and maybe they will not hassle snapping up as lots of the extra shipments Nintendo has promised within the weeks to come back.
Nintendo did not instantly reply to a request for remark.