Many will remember the absolute scenes after the NES Classic Mini instantly sold out last year. Scalpers were successfully listing NES Classic Minis for in excess of $300 as they continued to sell out instantly towards Christmas.
Well, the SNES Classic Mini is a completely different story. People are still trying to extort purchasers for more than triple the RRP of the SNES Classic Mini, but there’s much more stock (or less interest) this time around in stores around Australia, leaving scalpers with items that they potentially only purchased in order to make a quick buck,
I called both Target CBD and JB Hi-Fi Melbourne Central who both told us that they received a significant amount of stock before Saturday and still have stock left today. The same can be said for many stores around Australia who are definitely noticing a difference to last year’s NES Classic Mini. I’ve heard that a second shipment is already on the way too, so stock shortages are not likely to happen any time soon.
Searching both eBay and Gumtree in Australia led to a shockingly amount of inflated SNES Classic Mini listings. There’s 500 items for the SNES Classic Mini on eBay in Australia and 180 on Gumtree. There’s a bunch more on Facebook Marketplace too.
Stunningly, people are listing the SNES Classic Mini for $300+. If you want a SNES + NES Classic Mini combo, you’re looking at $1000 for some listings. The reasons that people that most people seem to be using are the fact that it’s man unwanted gift. Not really sure how that justified doubling or tripling the purchase price, but here we are.
At the end of the day, items are worth what people are willing to pay for them, but it’ll be interesting to see how these listings go in the coming weeks. I don’t doubt people will believe that they’re sold out and properly pay more than they need to.