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Forums - Sales Discussion - March NPD 2021: Switch > 938k, PS5 > 473k , XBS > 234k

Ryng said:

sorry for being extremely late had a lot of work to do, gonna be free for the next months!
Thread update incoming

Did you get fired ?



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Congrats to Nintendo, insane numbers for the Switch . Great PS5 numbers



Ryng said:

sorry for being extremely late had a lot of work to do, gonna be free for the next months!
Thread update incoming

It's fine. Keep up the good work.



My prediction in 2021.

SW: 30m

PS5 16m

XBS: 7.5m

Shadow1980 said:
tbone51 said:

I don’t the stimulus check was really the reaason sales went up as high as they did. (Though they helped a bit)

Like everyone knows about the fact that all 3 currently sell everything they ship (Nintendo more so the OG model as I never see it at retail), and like you said 5week that avg jumped up from feb 4week by roughly 25-30%. Mar10 sales/MH Rise limited edition and release and of course the end of FY that probably made Nintendo ship out lot for March which demand still hasn’t been settled

Sure, all three companies could have had huge restocks for the U.S. market in March, which could be the primary factor.We did see Sony increase stock for the PS5 in March in Japan as well, and the PS2's big restock in March 2001 helped a lot, too. And while Monster Hunter isn't a system-seller in the U.S., limited edition consoles are, so that could have contributed for the Switch.

Still, that sort of increase had to have been at least aided by the stimulus checks. We know windfalls like that help, because February is almost always the best non-holiday month of the year in the U.S. (barring some big system-seller or price cut released later in the year) due to tax returns, plus last April saw huge gains for all extant platforms. The Big Three may have dumped a bunch of stock into the U.S. market specifically to take advantage of the stimulus for all we know (though the Switch isn't exactly hurting for stock, and systems are readily available despite its current popularity, unlike the PS5 & XBS). If we still got sales data for the PS4 & XBO it could provide further clarification, but unfortunately the last time we got any numbers for those systems was in October.

Is the Switch readily available? I know the Lite model is easy to come by but it's been a long time since I've seen the hybrid model consistently in stock.



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zorg1000 said:

Is the Switch readily available? I know the Lite model is easy to come by but it's been a long time since I've seen the hybrid model consistently in stock.

Hm. When I checked last week, there was stock for hybrid models available at local GameStops and at least a couple of other places nearby. At present, though, it's showing one left of the Animal Crossing bundle at the Walmart closest to me, and a couple of the regular ones at a Target about 30 minutes away. So, uh, yeah. Maybe not consistently in stock. I'll check again in a few days and see if it changes. Lites are pretty easy to come across, though.



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In my area, I've noticed that many smaller retailers tend to regularly be out of stock, but large chains like Amazon and Target seem to be maintaining an adequate supply of the hybrid units.



Shadow1980 said:
zorg1000 said:

Is the Switch readily available? I know the Lite model is easy to come by but it's been a long time since I've seen the hybrid model consistently in stock.

Hm. When I checked last week, there was stock for hybrid models available at local GameStops and at least a couple of other places nearby. At present, though, it's showing one left of the Animal Crossing bundle at the Walmart closest to me, and a couple of the regular ones at a Target about 30 minutes away. So, uh, yeah. Maybe not consistently in stock. I'll check again in a few days and see if it changes. Lites are pretty easy to come across, though.

Yeah thats how it's been here too, so I don't think it's facing mass shortages where people are waiting weeks to find one or anything like that but it seems like it's selling what it ships pretty quickly leading to inconsistent stock.



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zorg1000 said:
Shadow1980 said:

Sure, all three companies could have had huge restocks for the U.S. market in March, which could be the primary factor.We did see Sony increase stock for the PS5 in March in Japan as well, and the PS2's big restock in March 2001 helped a lot, too. And while Monster Hunter isn't a system-seller in the U.S., limited edition consoles are, so that could have contributed for the Switch.

Still, that sort of increase had to have been at least aided by the stimulus checks. We know windfalls like that help, because February is almost always the best non-holiday month of the year in the U.S. (barring some big system-seller or price cut released later in the year) due to tax returns, plus last April saw huge gains for all extant platforms. The Big Three may have dumped a bunch of stock into the U.S. market specifically to take advantage of the stimulus for all we know (though the Switch isn't exactly hurting for stock, and systems are readily available despite its current popularity, unlike the PS5 & XBS). If we still got sales data for the PS4 & XBO it could provide further clarification, but unfortunately the last time we got any numbers for those systems was in October.

Is the Switch readily available? I know the Lite model is easy to come by but it's been a long time since I've seen the hybrid model consistently in stock.

Shadow1980 said:
zorg1000 said:

Is the Switch readily available? I know the Lite model is easy to come by but it's been a long time since I've seen the hybrid model consistently in stock.

Hm. When I checked last week, there was stock for hybrid models available at local GameStops and at least a couple of other places nearby. At present, though, it's showing one left of the Animal Crossing bundle at the Walmart closest to me, and a couple of the regular ones at a Target about 30 minutes away. So, uh, yeah. Maybe not consistently in stock. I'll check again in a few days and see if it changes. Lites are pretty easy to come across, though.

CheddarPlease said:

In my area, I've noticed that many smaller retailers tend to regularly be out of stock, but large chains like Amazon and Target seem to be maintaining an adequate supply of the hybrid units.

zorg1000 said:
Shadow1980 said:

Hm. When I checked last week, there was stock for hybrid models available at local GameStops and at least a couple of other places nearby. At present, though, it's showing one left of the Animal Crossing bundle at the Walmart closest to me, and a couple of the regular ones at a Target about 30 minutes away. So, uh, yeah. Maybe not consistently in stock. I'll check again in a few days and see if it changes. Lites are pretty easy to come across, though.

Yeah thats how it's been here too, so I don't think it's facing mass shortages where people are waiting weeks to find one or anything like that but it seems like it's selling what it ships pretty quickly leading to inconsistent stock.

Best Buy doesn't have a hybrid of any kind (Gray, Neon Red & Blue, or Animal Crossing within 250 miles of my location.

Nintendo - Switch 32GB Console - Gray Joy-Con

Store pickup is not available within 250 miles.

Model: HADSKABAA
 
SKU: 6364255
 
Release Date: 08/11/2019
  • User rating, 4.8 out of 5 stars with 47745 reviews.

Unavailable nearby

Pickup: Unavailable within 250 miles 

Model: HADSKEAAA
 
SKU: 6401728
 
Release Date: 03/13/2020
  • User rating, 4.9 out of 5 stars with 3577 reviews.

Unavailable nearby

Pickup: Unavailable within 250 miles

Target is showing a store with 2 gray hybrids 9 miles away from me or I can have either of the two original hybrids shipped for delivery in 2 days.

Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con

Only 2 left (at store 9 miles away)

Get it by Fri, May 7 with free 2-day shipping

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy-Con

Out of stock in stores near you

Get it by Fri, May 7 with free 2-day shipping

Walmart is only showing hybrids available from distributors at marked up prices.

Average Rating:(4.6)out of5stars3084ratings, based on3084reviews
Current Price$366.98$366.98
Sold & shipped by Nationwide Distributor
Free delivery

Amazon says they will have the Animal Crossing bundle "soon", but that the Neon Red & Blue will be out of stock for over a month unless you want to pay scalper prices to a distributor.

Nintendo Switch - Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition - Switch

 78,582
$299.00$299.00 & FREE Shipping. Details
In stock soon.

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con - HAC-001(-01)

 78,582
Currently unavailable.
In stock on June 20, 2021.


Mandalore76 said:
zorg1000 said:

Is the Switch readily available? I know the Lite model is easy to come by but it's been a long time since I've seen the hybrid model consistently in stock.

Shadow1980 said:

Hm. When I checked last week, there was stock for hybrid models available at local GameStops and at least a couple of other places nearby. At present, though, it's showing one left of the Animal Crossing bundle at the Walmart closest to me, and a couple of the regular ones at a Target about 30 minutes away. So, uh, yeah. Maybe not consistently in stock. I'll check again in a few days and see if it changes. Lites are pretty easy to come across, though.

CheddarPlease said:

In my area, I've noticed that many smaller retailers tend to regularly be out of stock, but large chains like Amazon and Target seem to be maintaining an adequate supply of the hybrid units.

zorg1000 said:

Yeah thats how it's been here too, so I don't think it's facing mass shortages where people are waiting weeks to find one or anything like that but it seems like it's selling what it ships pretty quickly leading to inconsistent stock.

Best Buy doesn't have a hybrid of any kind (Gray, Neon Red & Blue, or Animal Crossing within 250 miles of my location.

Nintendo - Switch 32GB Console - Gray Joy-Con

Store pickup is not available within 250 miles.

Model: HADSKABAA
 
SKU: 6364255
 
Release Date: 08/11/2019
  • User rating, 4.8 out of 5 stars with 47745 reviews.

Unavailable nearby

Pickup: Unavailable within 250 miles 

Model: HADSKEAAA
 
SKU: 6401728
 
Release Date: 03/13/2020
  • User rating, 4.9 out of 5 stars with 3577 reviews.

Unavailable nearby

Pickup: Unavailable within 250 miles

Target is showing a store with 2 gray hybrids 9 miles away from me or I can have either of the two original hybrids shipped for delivery in 2 days.

Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con

Only 2 left (at store 9 miles away)

Get it by Fri, May 7 with free 2-day shipping

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy-Con

Out of stock in stores near you

Get it by Fri, May 7 with free 2-day shipping

Walmart is only showing hybrids available from distributors at marked up prices.

Average Rating:(4.6)out of5stars3084ratings, based on3084reviews
Current Price$366.98$366.98
Sold & shipped by Nationwide Distributor
Free delivery

Amazon says they will have the Animal Crossing bundle "soon", but that the Neon Red & Blue will be out of stock for over a month unless you want to pay scalper prices to a distributor.

Nintendo Switch - Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition - Switch

 78,582
$299.00$299.00 & FREE Shipping. Details
In stock soon.

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con - HAC-001(-01)

 78,582
Currently unavailable.
In stock on June 20, 2021.

So... in USA are supply constrained? Since when? May 2020? Two years?



Agente42 said:
Mandalore76 said:

Shadow1980 said:

Hm. When I checked last week, there was stock for hybrid models available at local GameStops and at least a couple of other places nearby. At present, though, it's showing one left of the Animal Crossing bundle at the Walmart closest to me, and a couple of the regular ones at a Target about 30 minutes away. So, uh, yeah. Maybe not consistently in stock. I'll check again in a few days and see if it changes. Lites are pretty easy to come across, though.

zorg1000 said:

Yeah thats how it's been here too, so I don't think it's facing mass shortages where people are waiting weeks to find one or anything like that but it seems like it's selling what it ships pretty quickly leading to inconsistent stock.

Best Buy doesn't have a hybrid of any kind (Gray, Neon Red & Blue, or Animal Crossing within 250 miles of my location.

Nintendo - Switch 32GB Console - Gray Joy-Con

Store pickup is not available within 250 miles.

Model: HADSKABAA
 
SKU: 6364255
 
Release Date: 08/11/2019
  • User rating, 4.8 out of 5 stars with 47745 reviews.

Unavailable nearby

Pickup: Unavailable within 250 miles 

Model: HADSKEAAA
 
SKU: 6401728
 
Release Date: 03/13/2020
  • User rating, 4.9 out of 5 stars with 3577 reviews.

Unavailable nearby

Pickup: Unavailable within 250 miles

Target is showing a store with 2 gray hybrids 9 miles away from me or I can have either of the two original hybrids shipped for delivery in 2 days.

Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con

Only 2 left (at store 9 miles away)

Get it by Fri, May 7 with free 2-day shipping

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy-Con

Out of stock in stores near you

Get it by Fri, May 7 with free 2-day shipping

Walmart is only showing hybrids available from distributors at marked up prices.

Average Rating:(4.6)out of5stars3084ratings, based on3084reviews
Current Price$366.98$366.98
Sold & shipped by Nationwide Distributor
Free delivery

Amazon says they will have the Animal Crossing bundle "soon", but that the Neon Red & Blue will be out of stock for over a month unless you want to pay scalper prices to a distributor.

Nintendo Switch - Animal Crossing: New Horizons Edition - Switch

 78,582
$299.00$299.00 & FREE Shipping. Details
In stock soon.

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy‑Con - HAC-001(-01)

 78,582
Currently unavailable.
In stock on June 20, 2021.

So... in USA are supply constrained? Since when? May 2020? Two years?

I personally couldn't say for how long.  I've had my Switch since launch day March 3, 2017.  So, I only occasionally check availability in my area when I see it questioned here in the forums.  I will say that I live in a major metropolitan area, and whenever I have looked in the past year, the hybrid model has been hard to come by while the Lite is much easier to find.