Nintendo Switch Shortage Can Partially Be Blamed On Resellers Using Bots

Nintendo Switch Shortage Can Partially Be Blamed On Resellers Using Bots

The current shortage of Nintendo Switch consoles is frustrating many and it seems resellers and bots are partly to blame for the current situation.

Over the last month or so it has become extremely hard to find and buy a Nintendo Switch. Part of the reason it has become so tricky to snag a Switch is a lot of folks are staying home and want to play games like Animal Crossing. But another reason the consoles are nearly impossible to buy is thanks to an easy to use and totally free bot that allows people to buy dozens of Switch consoles at once.

This information comes from a recent Motherboard article. They also report that this easy to use bot is called “Bird Bot” and is an open-source and totally free bot developed to buy up items from online stores the second they are back in stock. The creator of the bot originally built it and uses it for sneakers, but it has become the backbone behind a growing community of resellers who are using it to snatch up hundreds of Switch consoles the moment they are back in stock. The community has even set up a large Discord server where they share tips and photos of their haul.

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The resellers are able to flip some of these consoles for $US500 ($785) or more, with some Animal Crossing themed Switch consoles selling for more than $US700 ($1,100). A Switch normally costs around $US300 ($471) to $US350 ($550) depending on the bundle and store.

The full report from Motherboard also explains that many of these resellers are using the recent stimulus checks that many in the US have received to help buy more Switch consoles and are hopeful folks with more money will be willing to pay their higher prices.


  • Its profiteering just like people are doing with the toilet paper, hand sanitiser etc.

    I bought a 2nd Switch last year during the Amazon Black Friday sales and sold my first switch a couple of weeks ago for 300.00. Because I’m not a dick.

  • First come first serve, especially if you can afford it, Nintendo’s fault for not fabricating more, it’s just good business, big corporations profit all the time over the little guys, I’m no different, blah blah blah

    – someone’s mentality probably

  • I’m kinda hanging out for a Switch right now, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to pay the 200% markup I’m currently seeing on Amazon.AU

  • Im keen to try Ring Fit Adventure literally trying to find a Switch is a pain. I almost caved and got a lite and switch cons but the guy was too busy trying to up sell a PS4. I literally said mate, I want these right now.

    Can you help me out? He said give me 5 mins, I waited around for 10 and walked out.

    He could have put my sale through then go back to the PS4 sale that never happened in the end.

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