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Nintendo Switch in Stock at Walmart: IN-STORE ONLY! YMMV - $299

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Not exactly a deal, but a tip for people scrambling to find a Nintendo Switch in lieu of this dry sold-out season.
I just got back from Walmart and picked up Switch using this method - in short - IT WORKED.. On-line, it's listed as out of stock and you can't purchase it online for in-store pickup. If they aren't on the shelf, they are likely packed away in a back room in a security locker. So how do you figure out if your Walmart has them in stock?

1. Install Walmart app <---- REQUIRED
2. Search for Nintendo Switch
3. Make sure to select your store nearby. Let the app detect your location.
4. Study the list of Walmarts in your area and find out which one show In Stock or Limited Availability.
5. Call the Walmart to verify they are indeed in stock. Or show them in person that your app indicates they are in stock.
6.Ask nicely to check the security locker. My customer service guy checked the security locker in the back for me and said there were plenty back there.

This worked for me, and I saw about 5 more Walmarts in my area listing them in stock.
YMMV - Good hunting!
Created 03-08-2017 at 03:01 PM by razorc03
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you mean preordered units are in stock? Wasting everyones time.
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Cant confirm for sure that its in stock, but the android app shows limited stock locally. Will check it out as soon as I get off. Thanks op
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5. Call the Walmart to verify they are indeed in stock. Or show them in person that your app indicates they are in stock.
LMAOLMAOLMAO
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Hmmm, app says they have it. Going to check.
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you mean preordered units are in stock? Wasting everyones time.
No - I did not preorder. But thanks for trying.
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Don't call the store! If you need to ask someone, make sure it's someone who does not look like they would be interested in sniping the Switch from you if they find one back there. Profile carefully.
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Hmmm, app says they have it. Going to check.
None. App lies.
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None. App lies.
sorry Frown
Worked for me and a few others that I shared with.
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sorry Frown
Worked for me and a few others that I shared with.

I was hopeful, just not too hopeful LOL
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Didn't work for me. Guy told me the one they have left is a pre-order that hasn't been picked up yet.
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Called 5 different ones, they said items in the security locker are pre-orders not picked up and that is why they are not on the shelf.

So OP probably got someone else switch due to employee error. Good for you, but unfortunately not able to replicate
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Brickseek is also wrong. Called all the walmarts around me and none have any stock. Way too many scalpers on this console preventing people who actually want one from getting them early. Hundreds for sale on my local craigslist for barely any more than retail. Refuse to buy from a scalper. Really want a switch!

I will keep an eye out using the app also. How do I have the app check the local stores? Steps in the OP aren't getting me there
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I honestly feel terrible for those not scoring with this. I apologize if I got your hopes up.
Many people are reporting differently on another message board and saying that it's working for them as well. Hence the YMMV.

Wishing others luck - and yes - sorry if I wasted your time and got your hopes up as that obviously was not my intention.
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I will keep an eye out using the app also. How do I have the app check the local stores? Steps in the OP aren't getting me there
I was trying to quote myself from memory. But after you do a search for the item, there should be an option to select nearby stores on the ribbon bar on the right. Once you let the app detect your location, you can select a store, then scroll down the list of items until you see the Switch. Select it, and scroll down to where it says the inventory status of your local store.
Good luck.
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