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July 29, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Amazon's Treasure Truck was doling out NES Classic Edition consoles for $60 in select cities

Amazon's Treasure Truck was doling out NES Classic Edition consoles
Were there any retailers out there NOT hoarding these popular Nintendo Mini Consoles for future gains?
I'd never heard of Amazon's Treasure Truck. At first glance I'm not sure what to make of it. It's design makes me think several rickety carnival rides are about to be assembled in a vacant parking lot. Would you see this vehicle and expect a deal from Amazon?

If you were savvy to this mobile deal-wagon from Amazon (operating in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Seattle) and were lucky enough to have one cruising your town today (how likely is any of this?) you could have purchased an NES Classic Edition console for $60. Not a bad deal if you happened upon this opportunity. As much as I like the cool-factor of giving gamers another chance to obtain one, I can't help but remember the long lines for 3 or 4 consoles and the way Amazon sold out each wave in minutes.

WalMart pulled a similar sell-a-thon after one of last Fall's deliveries had sold out - suddenly Walmart had them. Clearly stores were putting some inventory aside for a rainy day.... or some occasion. While these cherished units still sell on eBay for well over $100, it's odd to find retailers still able to sell them at MSRP.

We've already had Walmart canceling orders for the upcoming SNES Mini Console due out this Fall. These mini mini consoles are duper awesome... if you can get one. I'm looking forward to trying my luck this Fall. It's the ultimate Nintendo Challenge!

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