Buy the Nintendo Switch for $299 and get 10% back from Amazon – CNET

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better Switch deal right now.

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Happy Thursday, cheeps! A few quick odds and ends:

  • If you have 5G-capable phones (or plan to in the near future), Metro by T-Mobile has a pretty good in-store offer: Two unlimited 5G lines for $70 a month, taxes and fees included. Actually, your first payment will be $80, but when you sign up for autopay, it drops to $70 starting with the second month. Existing customers can add a new line of service to hop on this deal.
  • It won’t be in stock until Oct. 14 (aka the second day of Prime Day), but right now you can order the Aukey 10,000-mAh USB-C power bank for just $10.49 with the on-page 15%-off coupon and promo code PVCHCTZJ. It has two USB Type-A outputs and a USB-C. Crazy-good deal.
  • Last year’s streamer is this year’s bargain: Woot has the second-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick with voice remote for $20. That remote includes TV controls, making it a better choice (IMHO) than the new Fire TV Stick Lite, which is currently $10 more.

On to the main event! The hard-to-find Nintendo Switch is available for purchase from Amazon right now, though with an expected in-stock date of Oct. 26. Here’s something that will help make it worth the wait: When you order the Switch with your Amazon Prime credit card, you’ll get 10% back. That brings your net cost down to around $269 and makes this among the better Switch deals of the year. Note, however, that this is for the Blue and Red model; the 10%-back offer doesn’t appear to apply to the Animal Crossing Special Edition.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because there’s a similar option available right now for the Oculus Quest 2. Basically, if you have one of the aforementioned Prime credit cards, your regular 5%-back jumps to 10% for various items, including the Quest 2 and, now, the Switch.

Don’t have a Prime credit card? This is the time to sign up, because existing Amazon Prime subscribers will score a $100 gift card for doing so. (Non-subscribers will get a $50 gift card, still pretty good.)

In theory, you could apply for the Visa, then apply the $100 gift card to the purchase of the Switch, and then still get 10% back, for a final net price of around $180. 

While you’re at it, consider picking up the wildly beloved Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, on sale for $45 right now. That’s $15 off the regular price and one of the better deals I’ve seen lately.

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