I really hope others don't get fooled into buying the 3DS XL for $50-100 extra here by the third party vendors.... I was looking forward to using an Amazon gift card and my Amazon credit card to buy one directly from Amazon for the real $199.99 price, but seeing as how they're not offering it here, I'll have to get one elsewhere :/
I'm confident that Amazon will start carrying the 3DS XL for the $199 price sooner or later. I'm not in any rush to get mine delivered on the exact day it's released. I'll have the thing for the rest of my life once I have it. I'm willing to wait an extra few days or weeks in order to buy it here with my Amazon gift card money. Amazon's always treated me right in the past. I can wait a little longer to make sure my money goes to them and not some other vendors of video games that I prefer not to patronize but will not name.
You might be waiting a while....doing some more research, it seems Amazon US doesn't sell any Nintendo handhelds directly anymore...only third party dealers selling through Amazon. The original 3DS had screen-scratching issues where the two screens touched each other when closed. Because of that, a lot of customers returned them to Amazon for refunds, and Amazon hasn't sold Nintendo's handheld systems directly since :/
What I meant was that since the screen-scratching issues occurred with the original 3DS systems, Amazon hasn't sold the original 3DS themselves, only having third party sellers sell them on Amazon instead. Because of that, many people are thinking that Amazon won't be offering the 3DS XL directly either, leaving only third party sellers to sell the 3DS XL on Amazon (and at the moment at higher than MSRP prices, just like the 3DS is right now).
Unfortunately it's true. Amazon had the 3DS up for review twice and now doesn't sell directly. They never even got the purple/pink 3DS's. It would be nuts for Nintendo to not use the biggest online retailer in America to sell their hardware. I have to conclude that Amazon and Nintendo have some kind of dispute about this hardware and it might be related to reimbursements for "faulty" hardware. My scratches wiped off when scrubbed with microfiber cloth : )
I just put in an order for the blue 3DS XL through Amazon and was able to use the $10 Amazon code I had on it. It says it won't ship for 2-3 weeks, but that's okay with me because I'm in no rush to get the 3DS XL right away. I'm just happy to get it through Amazon for the free shipping, no tax and ability to use my Amazon $10 towards it.
Thankyou L.A. Reed... that's what most people don't get. Sellers would lose a considerable amount to sell most things at MSRP. Amazon takes a huge percentage from us. We don't get all that money you see charged there. And they hardly ever allow for enough shipping charge. 99 times out of 100 I lose quite a bit on the shipping alone.
It's a service provided. It comes to your house and most pay no tax. If you don't like the price then just don't buy it.
WOW... just got this bundled with Mario kart($40) for 160$ + 30$ giftcard at bestbuy ... technically 140$ cheaper compared to this. Whatever the reason, things like this have me heading to best buy more and more. Better rewards 5% at bestbuy vs 3% at amazon with cards. Sucks that amazon cant be our one stop shop. CamelCamelCamel.com is indispensable as well!
The Best Buy deal is pretty sweet. The price on these things sure has tanked over the last month. Think Nintendo is finally realizing they can't convince people to buy a $200+ system and a bunch of $40 games.