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Introduction - Finding the Cheapest Nintendo DS Lite Online
The Nintendo DS has been a phenomenal success, with over 125 million consoles sold by the end of 2009, and the public's appetite remains insatiable for the little Japanese handheld system. During its lifespan, the DS has built a huge library of classic titles for gamers of all ages and tastes. Since the release of the DSi, some great deals can be found on its predecessor the DS Lite, and for those not interested in the DSi's camera or online store, there isn't much to choose between the two machines. In this article, we'll look at how to find the best deals online for the Nintendo DS Lite, whether you're buying a brand new or second-hand system, and what to keep in mind when purchasing the console.
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How to Find the Cheapest New DS Lite Online
When buying a games console online, the first thought is to check specialist game retailers such as Gamestop. However, the popularity of the DS means that it tends to be stocked across a wide spectrum of dealers, some of which you wouldn't normally think to check. Google Search Shopping Results can often turn up low-priced Nintendo DS consoles in places you wouldn't expect, as can shopping aggregator and price comparison sites like Bizrate. You'll be surprised at the deals you can find.
Keep an eye out for bundle deals at specialist game stores or large retailers like Walmart as well. They will often carry offers that will include a number of free games or accessories with your DS purchase. Even if you don't like the bundled extras, they could be sold on Ebay or traded in towards other games after your purchase, dropping the actual cost of the DS itself to bargain levels.
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Buying a Second-Hand Nintendo DS Lite - What to Look Out For
With the proliferation of auction sites like Ebay and used console offers at specialist video game retailers, it can be tempting to pick up a second-hand DS. Although you could save a significant amount of money doing this, there are a few things to bear in mind. Buying a traded-in Nintendo DS or other gaming system from somewhere like Gamestop will often not save you much more than if you thoroughly search online for a deal on a new console. However, a traded-in console may come with some form of guarantee, and if you are a member of a loyalty program at that particular retailer, you may get bonus credit points or the equivalent in return.
Always be careful when buying electronic goods such as games consoles from sites such as Ebay. Without being able to physically see the console, you have no guarantee as to its actual condition, or how it has been treated by its previous owner. Make sure you check your rights of return and Ebay's buyer protection policies before committing to purchase any electronic device from someone. Watch out for certain defects with the Nintendo DS. Its touchscreen is a type known as resistive, which means you have to physically put pressure on it with the stylus or your finger for a touch to register. This leaves the bottom screen particularly vulnerable to wear and tear or poor handling. Also make sure there are no issues with the cart-reading slot, as the console may not be able to load games properly if there is any damage in this area. However, there are undoubtedly some great bargain Nintendo DS Lite handhelds to be found on Ebay and other auction-style websites, and the savings may make the risks worthwhile to you.
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Whether brand new or used, the Nintendo DS Lite is one of the best gaming platforms ever released, and its vast back catalogue of games holds something for everyone. Finding the cheapest Nintendo DS Lite will be worth its weight in gaming gold in the years to come and an unending source of video game entertainment.