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Coronavirus pandemic: shoppers panic buy Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 at JB Hi-Fi – 9News

Shoppers are panic buying gaming consoles in a desperate move to avoid boredom in isolation as the country goes into shutdown due to COVID-19.

Gaming consoles including the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 have been wiped off shelves at JB Hi-Fi, with either limited or no remaining stock for the next month.

“Due to very high demand, the Nintendo Switch Grey Console is currently unavailable to purchase. Next stock is due to arrive in April,” a JB Hi-FI store message read.

Shoppers panic buy gaming consoles. (LightRocket via Getty Images)

The gaming madness comes as Australians become stuck indoors, with entertainment venues, gyms and indoor sporting venues, cinemas, nightclubs and bars closed across the country.

Melbourne shopper Bec Aparo told 9news.com.au she rushed to buy a Nintendo Switch on Saturday, before all stock sold out.

“I heard rumours lockdown was happening soon, so I wanted to get in before they sold out,” she said.

“I’ve never been someone who likes staying at home.

“[It’s] something to do.”

The Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 have been wiped off shelves. (Getty)
Popular games including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Madden NFL 20 have flown off shelves amid the shopping frenzy, the games listed as ‘limited stock’ or ‘sold out’ on JB Hi-Fi’s online store.

Bottle shops were flooded with shoppers buying alcohol at the weekend, despite the Federal Government announcing they would remain open for the foreseeable future.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Australians to stop hoarding supplies.

“It is not sensible, it is not helpful and, I’ve got to say, it has been one of the most disappointing things I have seen in Australian behaviour in response to this crisis,” he said last week.


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