Can’t find one of the hottest gifts this holiday season? How about buying just the box?
The rush to find Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition video-game console has become so fever pitched that eBay opportunists have resorted to selling just the box to desperate gift givers. The pitch: “Makes a great gag gift!”
Winning auctions, including shipping, have closed for as much as $212.45 and as little as $7.50.
That one sold for almost $75 shipped.
Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition revives the classic video-game system’s ’80s heyday with revamped connections for modern TVs. The console fits in the palm of your hand, but it uses regular-sized classic controllers. Great games like “Super Mario Bros.,” “The Legend of Zelda,” “Castlevania” and 27 other classics come preloaded, plus one controller, for a paltry $60 — for those lucky enough to find limited quantities in retail stores.
The system — not just the box, but the whole thing — has been reselling on eBay for $150 to $300.