Back in October 2021 Nintendo released the latest iteration of its hugely successful Switch console - the Nintendo Switch OLED Edition. This represents a third major addition to the Nintendo Switch range, following the releases of the Nintendo Switch Standard Edition (2017) & the Nintendo Switch Lite (2019).
Back in 2020 we saw huge amounts of price-hiking and scalping for the Nintendo Switch. Of course, a lot of this has to do with the global pandemic (but let's not mention that 'ey), the other reason for this simply comes down to demand. However, now the stock of the consoles has stabilised and they're relatively easy to get. However, if you're looking to pay for the console in instalments rather than in one lump sum, hopefully this article could help you out.
Comparing the prices of the current range, the new OLED Nintendo Switch will set you back around £309.99, the standard model retails for £259.99, whilst the Lite version can be picked up for £199.99. Whichever you are after, it's a fair chunk of money to find and pay in one go.
You could wait for the Black Friday deals later on this year, but why do that when you can spread the cost by way of a fair and understandable finance plan? Also we're a long way from Black Friday right now and there's plenty of great Nintendo Switch exclusives releasing in 2023 which you'd probably want to take advantage of like The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, alongside the fantastic back catalogue of games exclusive to Nintendo's very versatile console.
We've done the research into this and looked at all available Nintendo Switch finance plans in the UK, starting with the retailers that offer zero interest Nintendo Switch finance.
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Buying a Nintendo Switch as part of a 0% interest finance plan where possible is always the best choice, as it's the only option where you can pick one up for solely the asking price. Luckily, there's a wide swathe of retailers that make it easy for customers to pick up a 0% interest Nintendo Switch.
Argos' interest free credit is offered up to a period of 12 months, unique in that you can pay it back as and when it suits you, providing it's before that length of time. If you pay within the 12 months then you will pay no interest on your purchase! If you cannot meet any of the minimum monthly payments, you will be charged interest (34.9% APR). If you don't already own an Argos Card, you'll need to sign up for one online, which you do at the checkout stage after adding a Nintendo Switch console to your basket. You'll need to have your console delivered to your home address as your identity will need to be checked as part of the process.
AO's interest free credit is offered over a length of 6 or 12 months, and is paid on a month-by-month basis. There is zero deposit required and you will take delivery of your console the next working day free of charge. Your purchase will need to be over £350 for it to be eligible for the 12 month interest free option, so add a few extras to your basket if this is the time period you need or perhaps a larger Nintendo Switch bundle.
Bear in mind that 0% interest free from AO requires a minimum spend of £200 overall, so if it's a Nintendo Switch Lite you're looking for, be sure to pick one up as part of a bundle. AO interest free credit is also not always available on all products. It is only available on certain product and can be seasonal so be sure to check if they're currently running a 0% interest instalment plans on Nintendo Switch consoles.
0% interest via GAME is only available through their online storefront using a service called PayPal Credit. It's applicable to any item over £99, so the Nintendo Switch works fine – and must be paid over a 4-month period if you don't wish to pay interest. Buying a Nintendo Switch with PayPal Credit is relatively quick and easy.
eBay also offer interest-free credit via PayPal Credit. As previously mentioned with GAME this means you can spread your cost over 4 months for purchases over £99 with 4 interest free instalments over a 4-month period.
eBay is an attractive option when buying a Nintendo Switch console as they frequently have discount codes of up to 20% on selected retailers which can mean you get a Nintendo Switch console cheaper than anywhere else! We always alert via our offers on our home page and our GamingDeals Twitter account when these offers are available.
Being exclusively a retailer specialising in second-hand products (consoles included), Music Magpie offer refurbished Nintendo Switch consoles at a 0% interest rate. Your order will need to be over £99 and is only possible again using the PayPal Credit service, which offers a fast way of taking out Nintendo Switch finance.
If you want to buy a Nintendo Switch without any upfront cost, you can apply for a 'buy now pay later' finance agreement. At the time of writing this guide, retailers offering buy now pay later games console finance include Argos, MusicMagpie, AO.com, GAME and eBay.
Make sure you check how long you have to pay for the Nintendo Switch console, as some offer terms of as little as 3 months, while some - like Argos - will give you a full 12 months to settle the account, with no interest to pay. However, if you miss any of the minimum monthly payments you will be charged interest.
Many retailers provide you the option with paying for a Nintendo Switch via monthly instalments, which can work out better for those not wanting to pay out for it in one lump sum.
You can pay for a Nintendo Switch on a monthly payment plan at Argos, with interest charged at 34.9% APR. However if you can meet the minimum monthly payment shown on your statement, you'll avoid paying any interest.
AO.com allow you to buy a new Nintendo Switch console and pay for it over 12, 24, 36 or 48 months. There is no deposit to pay and the interest is 19.9% APR.
ShopTo offers a couple of options for finance via the popular PayPal and Klarna payment plans. The PayPal credit offering however is not the interest-free option mentioned above with GAME it is the 21.9% APR scheme.
The Klarna scheme is a little more enticing as you're able to grab 0% Interest provided you can pay the balance off within 30 days. If you aren't able to pay in 30 days, you can pay select to pay over 6, 12, 24 or 36 months at 18.9% APR.
One other retailer you may wish to consider is Currys offering pay monthly Nintendo Switch finance at 29.9% APR representative. They offer flexible payment plans between 12 and 36 months where you can choose to add a deposit or not. Currys have a solid range of Nintendo Switch bundles available.
Currys representative example: Nintendo Switch OLED £309.00. Pay 36 monthly payments of £12.52. Total amount payable £450.72. Rate of interest 29.9% (variable) 29.9% APR representative.
Choosing to pay for your Nintendo Switch on finance weekly decreases the chances that you'll ever forget that an instalment is due. This option also suits those whose salary is weekly, being a great way to pay off the loan faster to avoid the risk of accruing any interest.
If this is your preferred finance option, one retailer to consider is Argos. Technically, Argos doesn't offer an official pay weekly plan, but the way their finance plan is set up lets you pay instalments whenever you want and so can be treated as weekly. You'll need to sign up for an Argos Card and make sure it's paid off before 12 months.
If you have a poor credit history, your chances of securing finance for a new games console from any of the retailers we've mentioned above is extremely slim.
Whilst you can go the route of financing directly with a retailer if you'd prefer to use personal finance there are a few options available.
Klarna, Paypal and Zilch are some solid options all of which offer 0% interest options as long as the balance is paid off within the agreed period.
There are two major retailers in the UK that allow you to buy a Nintendo Switch console with PayPal Credit, namely GAME and Ebay.co.uk. PayPal Credit allows you to buy a Nintendo Switch on 0% interest for 4 months. If you have any remaining balance due after the 4 month term, you will be charged interest at 19.9% APR (variable).
Sign up to Zilch and you will receive credit immediately that you can split and use in many stores. This includes Amazon and Currys who both stock all models of the Nintendo Switch as well as bundles. The limit you can split will vary based on whether you link your banking to the service or not. If you're looking to pay over a 6 week period Zilch could be perfect for you. The payment scheme then works as follows:
Klarna is one of the biggest personal finance providers around right now and they partner with a tonne of retailers.
Klarna offers shoppers the option to pay in full up to 30 days later or split the cost into 3 interest-free monthly instalments.
Please see the Klarna for full terms and conditions
If you're looking for a particular bundle, head over to our best Nintendo Switch deals page to compare all available bundles.
NB: The information in this guide does not constitute financial advice, always do your own research on top to ensure it's right for your specific circumstances. The content in our guide focusses on finance options and interest rates, not the level of service offered.
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