Since then, the only way to get your hands on one was to spend an exorbitantly inflated price through third-party resellers. NES Classic was originally released at a retail price of $60. Resellers prayed on the nostalgia buying public by charging 2-3 times the original cost. Even today, nearly two years later, you cannot find a console for less than $100 on eBay or $200 on Amazon. Hopefully this rerelease will both allow more people access to the classic console and drive down the inflated market prices.
One thing to keep in mind with this rerelease, Nintendo has stated that this new production will mirror the original. The unusually short controler cord and same 30 games are part of the package.
There are no hardware or software differences between the consoles, so if you have already purchased one, please do us a favor and give some new people the chance to experience this console.