written by JoseQApril 19,2020
Want a Switch? Get a Bot.

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Have you been looking for a Nintendo Switch to engage in a new form of entertainment during the quarantine? Turns out, what you need is a bot that will get the switch for you. In an investigative report by Vice, they uncovered a fairly large community of users, coordinating efforts and using a software program to purchase the Nintendo Switch for them. This of course is not for the entertainment reasons mentioned above, but rather so that they can sell it for a profit on eBay or Amazon.

Does this sound annoying to you? It should. But here's the good news. The bot they're using is open source and free to use. That doesn't mean it's easy to use though, but you can also get your hands on it and maybe score a Switch that way. Bird Bot is the name of the software these people are using to grab those Switches. Apparently it can help score other items at Wal-Mart or Best Buy as well.

If you're well versed in Discord, you should be able to find this group and get in on some of that action.

JoseQ's Look at this Thing

It would seem that it's positively pointless to try to find a Switch at Wal-Mart or Best Buy while others have a program automatically checking and purchasing inventory as soon as it shows up. There's always the "If you can't beat them, join them" approach, and unlike the sneaker purchasing bots, this one happens to be free. I'm guessing the old "I know a guy that works at X store" trick might also work. While buyers are willing to overpay for such items, bot users will be willing to snag as many units as they can. Of course, the overpaid market eventually dries up, and then there may be a glut of Switches on eBay.

tags:  AI   Amazon   Auto   Nintendo   Wal-mart 

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