Nintendo is warning online shoppers of fake websites selling discounted Switch consoles.
in one Update Shared on Nintendo’s Japanese website (thanks, Siliconera), Nintendo specifically singles out a website for using its iconic logo illegally and pretending to be official. The fake website is apparently selling Nintendo products like best-selling Switch consoles at “significantly discounted” prices. Nintendo does not link to the website or include any details about its URL or homepage other than the alleged infringement, instead sharing a link to the actual Japanese Nintendo website.
“Purchasing products on counterfeit sites may result in fraudulent damages such as unauthorized acquisition of personal information,” reads a portion of the auto-translated update by Google. “Please be careful not to mistake this for our website, and do not buy products from fake websites.”
In general, with the high demand currently going for Switch consoles—be it Switch Lite, OLED Switch, or OG Switch—it’s unlikely a legal, authorized reseller will discount the console significantly. Unless it’s a bundle that includes a free game or something, you can generally expect to pay full price for a new Switch, so be wary of any retail listings that come with a $299 sticker. Sells for less.
It’s unclear whether this is primarily a problem in the Japanese market or if it’s a worldwide thing, but we’ve reached out to Nintendo for clarification and will update this article if we hear back. For now, it’s best to exercise caution when you’re dealing with an unfamiliar website that turns out to be Nintendo.
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