Tools to Empower your fetching quest
The NES Classic Edition mini console was release to the wild on November 11th. During that time, most people have witnessed more sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, and the Chupacabras than they have of the original NES mini counterpart. The mini NES has been so elusive to find to the point where stores like Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Toys R Us, and Gamestop had absolutely no stock during their Black Friday sale, turning away people who camped for hours empty-handed.
To make matters worse, the NES Classic Edition is one of those items which has scalpers out in full force trying to get it. This is evident in the fact that not only has its availability online lasted an average of less than a minute when appearing online, but also on the fact that many consoles are being sold on places like eBay for astronomical amounts.
Holiday Season is a time for you to enjoy with your family and reflect together, but having kids wanting this console (or have it for yourself) has been extremely frustrating, because all those calls to vendors asking about seed stock and searches online have been for naught. Enter: NowInStock.
NowInStock is a good alternative to not having to constantly look online to see if the NES Classic Edition page has been updated from ‘Out of Stock’ into actually having quantities available for you to order. Once you setup your profile on their website, you can select which stores to follow, and what accessories to look for. NowInStock offers a wide-array of other items to search for, so if you are also looking for those cutesy-weird creatures called Hatchimals, you can also search their stock here.
Another option, although is essentially limited to two vendors that sell the NES Classic Edition is called Brickseek.
The way Brickseek works is that stores have a system which calculates their in-stock quantity and upload it into a system, which subtracts the item from their on-hand numbers as it is sold in-store. Basically, when the store receives their truck and they scan the item to receive it, Brickseek receives the information on how many items they have on-hand.
With this information, if you are quick enough, you can potentially go to a store to get the NES Classic Edition before the item is even put out on the shelf. As long as you have the SKU of the item and enter the Zipcode of the area you are looking for, it will give you the quantity they have on-hand.
There are currently two options to look for the NES Classic Edition through this website: Walmart (SKU: 54043501) and Target (SKU: 207-29-0180). Just make sure to hit the ‘Search’ button whenever you want the quantity to be updated to see if the stores have received any merchandise. You can also sign up and set it up to receive alerts when there are any changes in stores within your area.
If instead websites are planning to have the NES Classic Edition available online along the same lines as Walmart did the second week after it came out (website accepted orders at 5PM EST all week only to have it sell it in less than a minute each time), then Easy Auto Refresh for Chrome is your best bet.
Download the Easy Auto Refresh chrome add-on to set your page to auto-refresh at whichever rate you want it to, allowing you to open multiple pages of the NES Classic Edition with the hopes that you can score one (or many for that matter).
Regardless of which way you attempt to get your hands on a NES Classic Edition, we hope that this article helps you obtain one without having to pay large sums of money or camping in front of stores with the possibility of not getting one. Good luck to everyone and post comments if you are able to get one and how you were able to do it.