You don’t need us to inform you that Nintendo’s NES Traditional and SNES Classic are infamously hard to come by, with online restocks promoting out in seconds and buyers lining up well before doors open up for the chance to pick up the old style consoles.
It’s super irritating, especially as the holiday season is nicely underway and everyone is looking for the most popular tech gifts. Nintendo is well known about underproducing its consoles, pissing off retailers and customers as well. Â
When the hard-to-get consoles do go on sale, they may often snatched up by robots and re-sellers who post all of them on sites like eBay at a mark-up. To avoid the mad rush plus reseller interference, retailers are getting innovative with their sales tactics. Most recently Playthings R Us had the SUPER NES Classic available in stores only plus Walmart released their stock over the span of three days. (The consoles still sold out in mere seconds each day. ) Still, demand greatly outweighs supply right now and ThinkGeek just announced a clever new method to distribute their latest shipment associated with consoles.
According to a brand new page on their website, ThinkGeek posseses an undisclosed amount of NES and SUPER NES Classic consoles sitting in their stockroom right now. Rather than open online purchases on a first come, first offered basis, they’re holding a lottery for the chance to order one of the desired consoles. Just enter your current email address and choose which console you need to buy, cross your fingers, plus wait. Â
This is the complete statement on ThinkGeek’s website:
We know that many of you who had been hoping to get a Nintendo NES or even SNES Classic Edition for the vacations were disappointed by the lack of provide. We feel you. But thereâs still some time left, and weâre trying to distribute them in the fairest way we know.
We received a shipment of NES and SNES Classics to our warehouse, and we’re holding a sketching to let you buy them without having to end up being at your local store the moment the vehicle shows up. Because ain’t nobody obtained time for that.
All you have to do is sign up here, and when you’re one of those randomly selected, we’re going email you with instructions approach buy yours.
The sketching will take place on December 7, which means you have a week to enter for the chance at glory. In the meantime you should check out Mashable gaming reporter Adam Rosenberg’s tips on how to increase your chances of obtaining the SNES Classic next time this goes on sale.