Tips for Finding the Elusive Nintendo Switch In Stock Online

Retailers are finally restocking the popular console, but they are selling fast.

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In the age of quarantine, trying to find a Nintendo Switch has become an exercise in futility. Nintendo has significantly decreased production of its hit console as the world continues to reel from the effects of the global pandemic.

Check Switch Stock at: 

GameStop | Amazon | Walmart | Best Buy

Even at full price, it’s still not easy to find a Nintendo Switch (or even a Switch Lite) for sale on the internet. However, plenty of stores are receiving shipments of the console. They tend to sell out quickly, but if you know what to look out for you should be able to find one before too long.

Retailers with Recent Nintendo Switch Restocks

The following retailers have recently had the Nintendo Switch – or Nintendo Switch Lite – in stock since March 2020. If you really want to find a Switch ASAP, we recommend checking all these sites at least twice a day.

Shipping and restocking schedules seem to be a bit off track right now, but if you look early in the morning, then again at night you have a real chance of landing a Nintendo Switch. Also, be sure to check out all available editions of the console — while certain colors might be sold out, others may still be available.

And if you don’t mind spending a bit more than the MSRP, you can pretty much always pick up a Switch on Amazon or eBay.


We’ve found GameStop to be a fairly reliable option when it comes to purchasing a Nintendo Switch console online. Not all of the colors are in stock, but it typically has something available for the less-discerning customer. The Switch Lite is also stocked more frequently than the original Switch, and GameStop periodically offers Used/Refurbished systems for gamers looking to save even more cash.

Best Buy



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Sam’s Club

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Although B&H is charging slightly more than MSRP, the Nintendo Switch Lite tends to be in stock quite frequently. If you can’t find the console at any of the above retailers, this is a great backup plan.


There’s no shortage of Switch consoles on Amazon, but most of them are grossly overpriced. You can check out a comprehensive listing here. We’ve also highlighted some of the best recent offers below.


Like Amazon, eBay has plenty of Switch consoles for sale — but they’re almost always asking for way more than MSRP. Frankly, we recommend you steer clear of these if possible, but if you’re desperate, this is one of the easiest ways to get your hands on the elusive system ASAP.

Typically, Nintendo does offer products through its own storefront on eBay, but that’s unfortunately closed until further notice.

There aren’t any spectacular deals to highlight on eBay, but you can check out all the offers here.

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Tips on Purchasing a Nintendo Switch online

There are plenty of things you can do to improve your odds of scoring a Nintendo Switch during these strange times. We’d recommend the following:

  • Set up a Deal Alert for Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite. This way you’ll know about any discounts and availability as soon as we do.
  • Check stores multiple times a day! It’s difficult to predict when new items will be listed online, so the more you check, the better your chances of finding an in-stock Switch.
  • Listen to Slickdealers! Our community is full of deal-finding experts, and new info about shipments, availability and pricing is shared daily. Browse the forums and Frontpage Deal comments to stay in the know.
  • Consider how much you really care about console color. Given the current climate, you’re more likely to stumble upon the ‘unpopular’ colors than you are the popular ones. It’s worth pointing out you can always pick up skins for your Switch, completely transforming its appearance. That means even if you have to settle for a less-than-ideal color palette, you always have the option to change it.

Before you go, take a look at this recent Switch deal from our Frontpage:

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Jon Bitner

Jon is a freelance writer who primarily focuses on topics related to video games, science, medicine and technology. Before starting his career as a writer he worked in the Biotechnology industry. He has a degree in Biology, and when he isn't writing he can usually be found traveling, playing video games or hunting down the latest deals.

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