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If you’re looking for an Xbox Series X — and honestly, who isn’t — I’ve got some bad news for you. Despite debuting nearly two months ago, Microsoft’s next-gen console has been virtually impossible to find ever since. A few retailers have had a couple of inventory drops during the lead-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but it wasn’t remotely enough to satisfy demand, especially when resellers and bots routinely beat average consumers to the punch

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Currently, there’s no inventory to be had anywhere. There’ve been a handful of inventory drops at stores like Walmart and Best Buy in recent weeks. Just before the holidays, in fact, Best Buy announced some consoles for sale, which unsurprisingly sold out instantly. Walmart had its own inventory drops two days in a row, both of which ran out faster than it took me to type this. This means that for the moment, all retailers are sold out again. 

We’re keeping an eye on Twitter and other sources of news, and we will keep you up to date on what retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, GameStop and Target are planning. Even so, it’s best to keep our expectations in check: Microsoft confirmed back in November that Xbox inventory could be tight through April 2021

What follows is a list of the major retailers selling the Xbox Series X. Our advice is to seek out the $500 retail price and avoid those pricey retailer bundles (which include extraneous controllers, accessories and games). Even better: If you don’t have a 4K TV and don’t expect to get one anytime soon, try the Xbox Series S instead to save $100. 

Xbox Series X: Check inventory restock

Best Buy was the last retailer standing back in the preorder days of September, but now stands ready for your Xbox Series X purchase as inventory allows. 

Amazon is selling the Xbox Series X and the less expensive Series S from this same product page. 

GameStop had touted “very limited number of Xbox Series X and S console bundles for purchase” but those are currently sold out.

Walmart does a solid job of noting availability windows for PS5 and Xbox on its Twitter feedYou might also want to visit the retailer’s Xbox landing page for both new consoles. 

If you want to get the latest on the Xbox Series X, there’s probably nowhere better than Microsoft’s own Xbox Series X home page. Here you’ll find the latest specs, announced game titles, details on the new controller and more. 

This is Target’s product page for the Xbox Series X. 

This is where you can purchase the Xbox Series X at Newegg when the retailer has inventory. 

Are you already getting desperate? Are you willing to pay a premium of hundreds of dollars over the list price? Listen, we wouldn’t do this and we don’t recommend you do it, either. But if you want to take that path, StockX is a reputable eBay-style site that will let you buy and sell new Xbox and PS5 models — as long as you’re willing to pay upwards of $650. 

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