You might want to switch your shopping strategy.

By Liz Steelman
November 20, 2017
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If your kids are hoping to find a Nintendo Switch under the tree this season, you don’t need to wait to score one at a great price. And sadly, that’s because they’re not going on sale this holiday season.

Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Nintendo of America, told the Washington Post in an interview the Switch will not be discounted below the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $300 for Black Friday or at any other point during the holiday season in exchange for having a “robust supply” of their SNES Classic and Nintendo Switch consoles on the shelf. According to him, the decision comes in hopes of preventing the NES Classic fiasco last Christmas season, when a greater than expected demand for the limited-edition console led to widespread selling out and a large amount of fans left frustrated that they couldn’t get their hands on a console. NOTE: At time of writing, the SNES Classic was sold out online at all major retailers. 

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Competitors Microsoft and Sony are, in contrast, offering discounts on their XBox One S and Playstation 4, respectively, for Black Friday. So far, Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Kohl's, among other retailers, have offered discounts up to $100 on their units as doorbuster deals. 

If you are looking to get some bang for your buck, you can wait a little bit and pick up a console bundled with either “Super Mario Odyssey” or “Splatoon 2” for $380. Right now these special bundles are currently sold-out at Amazon, GameStop, Target, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart, but you can expect them to come back in stock a few times from now until Christmas. The bundles feature the games, which usually retail for $60 alone, a special colored controller, and an additional special carrying case.

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Don’t think it’s worth the wait or don’t want to pay full price? Here, the best gifts of 2017—including some inexpensive tech gifts that are sure to wow.

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