As with any video game hardware launch there’s always a market for scalpers; those who buy the system when there’s most demand and proceed to sell it via eBay or other sites to net a pretty big profit. The latest hardware to fall to this sort of activity is the NES Classic Edition, which launched last Friday, November 11th.

Polygon reached out to eBay for statistics and what they got back is pretty surprising. Not only has the average selling price for NES Classic consoles since launch been around $230, a massive leap from the expected $60, they estimate an NES Classic was sold every 18 seconds on launch day. While the fervor has gradually calmed, as of the 15th they were still seeing a system sold every 83 seconds.

Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like things will change any time soon, as Nintendo has only said there’ll be a “steady flow” of systems throughout the holiday season without giving any hard numbers.

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