The most desirable gadgets this Christmas aren’t easy to find.
At this point, scoring a pair of AirPods or an NES Classic for your loved ones will be a long shot.
This season, some of the most interesting electronics – from companies like Nintendo, Snap and Apple – will be hard to buy, in short supply, and will require queueing up before stores open, or getting into an Ebay bidding war.
Here are the three electronics gadgets that you probably won’t be able to find this Christmas – except on Ebay:
- Hollis Johnson
Retail price: $129
Ebay price: $200+
Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, started to roll out its new face computer a few months ago.
The Spectacles are super fun. They’re well-designed, stylish, and because they’re so rare, they attract attention. A camera mounted on the sunglasses takes short videos from a first-person view that will certainly get attention on Snapchat.
They’re also very hard to get a hold of. Unless you’re in New York, Snap is only selling them through a few vending machines that move to different random location every other day.
The vending machine has made appearances in all over the country, but your best bet is to line up for them in New York. Machines near Central Park are spitting out a few hundred of the camera glasses per day.
They retail for $129, but you can get a pair on Ebay for about $200 or more.
- Thomson Reuters
Ebay price: $220
In September, Apple debuted AirPods, a new set of wireless earbuds that pair instantaneously with Apple products and look like an iconic pair of the Apple EarPods with their cords cut off.
They finally went on sale in December. But they’re in very short supply. If you order them now, Apple won’t deliver a pair until 2017.
So if you want to give a pair for Christmas, you’ll have to find an Apple Store with stock. But most stores seem to be selling out as soon as they arrive. Apple said it will continually restock its stores.
Nintendo NES Classic Edition
Ebay price: $175+
A great gift for Nintendo fans or gamers is the NES Classic Edition. It might just be a perfect gift for adults who want to replay the classic games they played as children.
Maybe nostalgia is the reason that people on Ebay are paying $200 or more for the $60 console, which is hard to find. When a batch of NES Classics went on sale on Amazon earlier this month, the demand crashed the product page.
The pocket-sized NES is basically a modern computer that does nothing but look like the original Nintendo Entertainment System, which first launched in 1985, and emulate its games. But it plugs in to your flatscreen with HDMI, and it can play 30 classic NES games, including “Final Fantasy,” all three “Super Mario Bros.,” and the “Legend of Zelda.” It even comes with a cute modern version of the classic NES controller.
If you’d like to get your hands on one at its retail price, retailers like Best Buy are announcing new stock from time to time. You’ll have to line up before the stores open, though.