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Too Good To Be True? New Nintendo DS on eBay?


#1 Jiryn   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   4372 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

Posted 31 March 2019 - 05:31 AM

Just checking how too good to be true this is

https://www.ebay.com...&frcectupt=true

 

I mean, is this an actual DS, a knock off, left over stock?
What exactly are they selling?



#2 Kerig   PSForsaken no longer! CAGiversary!   6198 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 31 March 2019 - 01:56 PM

From China = 99% knockoff. Not made/commissioned by Nintendo, not old stock.

 

The mystery behind it is most likely this: Someone found/bought the molds & schematics that were originally used to manufacture the DS, so they fired up a few batches at a factory or two in China.

 

It will most likely be a very functional and perfectly playable DS. (only noticeable with side-by-side comparison)

Screens may scratch easier and will be slightly lower quality. (or pre-scratched)

plastic shell will be slightly lower quality of feel/material

cardboard packaging will be slightly off, less vibrant, & lower quality.

 

3rd shift & bootlegs have gotten much better over the years. They used to be a sad, disappointing joke to now being almost indistinguishable to the unsuspecting consumer.

 

If you want one, try it: the weakest part of it will be the battery.

 

EDIT: $60 is way too high to charge for a China-new, should be $29.99.  Better off getting a used/refurb for <$40



#3 Jiryn   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   4372 Posts   Joined 9.7 Years Ago  

Posted 01 April 2019 - 11:44 AM

From China = 99% knockoff. Not made/commissioned by Nintendo, not old stock.

 

The mystery behind it is most likely this: Someone found/bought the molds & schematics that were originally used to manufacture the DS, so they fired up a few batches at a factory or two in China.

 

It will most likely be a very functional and perfectly playable DS. (only noticeable with side-by-side comparison)

Screens may scratch easier and will be slightly lower quality. (or pre-scratched)

plastic shell will be slightly lower quality of feel/material

cardboard packaging will be slightly off, less vibrant, & lower quality.

 

3rd shift & bootlegs have gotten much better over the years. They used to be a sad, disappointing joke to now being almost indistinguishable to the unsuspecting consumer.

 

If you want one, try it: the weakest part of it will be the battery.

 

EDIT: $60 is way too high to charge for a China-new, should be $29.99.  Better off getting a used/refurb for <$40

Thank you!

I still feel the DS is a much stronger and more comfortable system than the 3DS.



#4 Kerig   PSForsaken no longer! CAGiversary!   6198 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 01 April 2019 - 09:43 PM

My favorite will always be the GBA SP with backlit screen.