Customers Mad at Amazon Over $99 3DS Deal
Amazon has faced criticism for how it handled a special 3DS deal this Black Friday, which made Nintendo fans frustrated for being unable to pick up the deal.
Amazon gained lots of popularity from Nintendo fans over one specific deal, which saw either a black or white limited edition Super Mario-themed Nintendo 3DS up for grabs for a meager $99. This marks the first time that the console was available for under 100$, this Black Friday deal understandably made many gamers excited and ready to take advantage. However, when the deal became available, many found that they cannot purchase the console successfully.
This was due to the fact that the deal was, somewhat bizarrely, available for pre-order as early as November 23. Smart Amazon purchasers made a screenshot of the pre-order stock quickly, resulting in those who were waiting for the deal to officially go live being met with sold out notifications. To make things worse, those who had been able to get one early were then starting to list the device on the site at almost double the price.
Naturally, those who made the mistake and felt cheated took their frustrations out on Amazon itself, leaving less than positive reviews on the limited edition console's page. "My kid went around and did jobs for neighbors in hopes of scoring one of these with his own money, managed to save it up in time, and stayed up until midnight refreshing the screen to get his hard earned prize," wrote on of the angry users. "He was rewarded with the lesson that big businesses often do dirty deeds to their most loyal customers."
This is not the first time that a Nintendo product has suffered from stock shortages, with the NES Mini crashing amazon after selling out, and the short availability of the Pokemon GO Plus peripheral even leading to a statement from Nintendo on the matter. Let's hope this 3DS deal will be on the receiving end of some sort of increased availability soon.
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Added on 22 Sep, 2012