So it seems Amazon is no longer selling the 3DS (at least, it seems like it) They didn't have any of the Black Friday bundles available for sale and the 3DS has not been in stock for at least 2 months now....
You can find this item at Best Buy for $179. Our store here still had a bunch of them. Parents dont seem to be *in the know* enough to pick these up. Its a shame for their kids, but awesome for everyone else. :P
I'm on my THIRD Zelda bundle as I received TWO dud units. This third one I have just shipped back to Nintendo for repairs. It better come back in the same brand new condition in which I sent it to them in (I turned it on, big ole dead pixel staring at me, didn't even bother setting it up). I am APPALLED at the ridiculous lack of quality control for the manufacture of these systems. I actually own two other 3DS's, one launch day unit and one I bought later in the summer. Each of those have had two exchanges at the store apiece for various problems. I am extremely agitated with Nintendo.
I just got my system and its awesome. Hate the price gougers. got it for best buy for 150$ thanks to a best buy rewards zone. Amazon should have points for its consumers too and a reward zone for loyal customers. Just saying
I was going to wait until an updated 3DS came out, but when this bundle launched I decided to jump in early. Got mine at Best Buy on Black Friday. They must've had about 50 of them left on the shelf when I picked up mine. There were none left by Tuesday when I went back for something else.
I love video games and am glad that I will not miss out on playing some fun 3DS games in the near term. I figure that the Zelda 3DS console will hold its value better than a regular one and I can always sell it if I want to switch to an updated 3DS in the future. I'm very excited to have one!
**Buyers BEWARE** If you plan on buying this from a seller who stocked up on Black Friday. MAKE SURE you get the original receipt with it. Even it was paid for a with a credit card the person who has both the receipt AND unit will be able to return for a new unit or if they are still sold out after Xmas you can get store credit. Otherwise you will be SOL.
Except that there are plenty of stores that still have the bundle. For example, gamestop had the bundle for 179.99 this past weekend both online and in-store (now it has returned to 199.99, but still available). I put a copy on hold for an instore pickup to avoid the shipping costs and according to the employee, still had a lot of bundles available in the back. I've recently been to a local best buy that had quite a few in stock as well. This is simply a story of sellers with no business ethics leaping at any opportunity to make a quick dollar.
Called ten stores in my area and no one had one. Finally found the last one that Fry's Electronics had. Got it for $189. It took some work but it was worth it. Good luck to anyone trying to find one. I refuse to pay the price gougers too.
I bought one in Houston for $199+tax, a few days ago at a Fry's electronics. Apparently they still have a few. I checked Los Angeles Fry's and they still have some of these bundles. I contacted Amazon customer service and they told me that if you contact them in regards to this item, they will forward the message to the inventory department. Who knows, if the demand is high enough, maybe they will put the 3DS back along with its bundles available directly through http://amazon.com.
I get so tired of people whining about this. I know I can never say anything that will convince you not to hate me. (Yes, I bought an extra Zelda 3DS to resell.) But you need to face up to what you are whining about.
If something consistently sells on eBay for $300, then that thing is worth $300 to the buying public. Period. For some reason, Nintendo does not sell these for what they're worth. I'm sure they understand by now that a Zelda special edition console can easily command a 50% premium. I've been collecting Zelda stuff for 10 years and I can tell you that they always have. But they don't choose to mark them up. That's fine. But you live in a country where capitalism is allowed to run its course, and if you don't like that, there are plenty of countries that don't allow that--go ahead and read up on them and tell me whether you'd want to live there. Here, products tend to move toward what they're worth.
I have an extra Zelda 3DS because a) I pay attention to these kinds of things and knew Best Buy would have them on black friday weeks beforehand, and b) I froze my butt off waiting outside Best Buy for hours. If you are upset that you didn't get one, that's all you would have had to do. I am all for places like Best Buy and Amazon having a one per person policy--I think that's all that's needed to keep things fair.
Personally, I don't care that the price of this device is now inflated ~$70-100. It's after the holidays and the device is rare and limited in quantity, fine. What bothers me was the inflation of prices when the device was extremely easy to find. Local Gamestops around my area had tons of these available, as did my local best buy. This was just ~2-3 weeks before Christmas. Marking up a device by $50-70 when it is not difficult to find is a disingenuous way to conduct business.
For those who cannot find it w/ regular price on Amazon / Bestbuy / Gamestop, I would suggest you try Frys.com (E. Mancia has already mentioned this store in previous comment), it has 199.99 + tax, but you have to visit one of its local store to pick it up. I just get mine today by asking one of my friend in CA to pick up for me.
I don't really like those who use these kind of stuff to make profit... Especially by using Nintendo products (I'm a Nintendo fan of cause...)