People of all ages went crazy over the release of Nintendo Switch. After saving money and debating with myself on whether I should get a Switch, I finally decided to own one. However, there are a lot of untrustful sellers who replicates the original and scam ignorant individuals. Buying a fake would not only betray your loyalty to Nintendo but you will end up with a terrible Switch that fails to work.
We tried searching the world wide web for a guide to making sure my switch is the real deal but there were little to no results. So, we went straight to PlayTrends -e-tailer for gaming products- to dive deep into research and clear all doubts. And we want to share our knowledge with you!
So here’s how to spot an authentic Nintendo Switch when you are shopping on online marketplaces like Lazada, Shopee or Amazon.
You’ll often find products being sold for A LOT CHEAPER on marketplaces as compared to official stores. The insanely cheap price point is the first red flag that the Switch is manufactured using cheaper materials.
Customer Feedback & Review
Finding out what people are saying about the store is one of the most important steps to purchasing an authentic Switch. The store would not have loyal customers and good feedback if their products are poor quality. Personally, I would read the 3 & 4-star reviews as these are the customers who are somewhat satisfied with their purchase. Sellers can easily purchase fake 5-star reviews.
If you want to buy from a store that has no reviews, you are putting yourself at risk. You could be the store’s first few customers hence, the lack of reviews. Or you could be an unlucky individual to purchase from a scammer who does not even have an actual store.
About The Store
This is an added step to make sure the seller or store you are purchasing from is legitimate. Most sellers will have customer service so you will have to ask the right questions before purchasing.
List of questions to ask YOURSELF about the store
Does the store have a social media account?
Having social media means the store is not afraid to be seen by the public.
How many followers does it have?
Having followers nowadays mean there are customers who trust and willing to stay updated by the store.
How long has the store been around?
This is a personal preference. A store that has been around for more than 2 years are more likely to sustain huge orders.
Does the store have a physical location?
Legitimate online stores will have a physical warehouse where you can return faulty goods and ask for an exchange.
Examples of questions to ask the SELLER
- Is there warranty and how long?
- Is it a local warranty?
- What is the return & refund policy?
There are indications on the Nintendo Switch box to show that it is sold by official reseller and is an authentic Switch.
Depending on where you are located, you will a similar highlighted logo that only authentic Nintendo Switch will have. Another step further would be the TRA registration number and “ASI” on the box. TRA Registration is required for products traded in U.A.E and will not be given to counterfeit goods. As for Singapore, the ASI certificate will only be awarded after inspection.
If your Switch box does not come with any of the following, it is best to reach out to the seller and demand for proof of authentification.
That’s all we have right now for our quick guide to buying an authentic Nintendo Switch. We hope this will help you with your shopping experience.
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