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Old 11-22-07, 08:27 AM   #1
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Buying a Wii making me crazy

What is the deal with the crazy demand for these things. Kids want one, so we planned it to be the "big" gift this year. Online impossible to fine for $250, at stores, you get we had a couple, check back in the morning - yea right. Now several store said they will have them at 4 am Friday - WTF, they will have 10 and run out in 2 minutes. I'm thinking a nice gift certificate under the tree, but that's lame for little kids. Any ideas?

P.S. This has got to be a huge marketing scam by the company and retailer...

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BTW, have a Happy Thanksgiving, not really in a bad mood, getting ready to go see family, and just venting a bit.
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Old 11-22-07, 08:32 AM   #2
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What is the deal with the crazy demand for these things.
Every Xmas, there's some item that people get into a frenzy over. This year it's the Wii. Normally, I'd say just avoid it like the plague -- the supply problems will work themselves out as soon as the frenzy is over. Unfortunately, I am also in the market.
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Old 11-22-07, 08:48 AM   #3
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I remember setting in line for one of those things for four hours last year. I can't believe they are still in demand a year later, simply amazing.
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Every Xmas, there's some item that people get into a frenzy over. This year it's the Wii.
If memory serves me correctly, this is the SECOND Christmas in a row that Wiis have been in short stock. My son picked one up last year before the crush started.
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Old 11-22-07, 08:58 AM   #6
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There's a place around the corner from my apartment that sells them. If you're desperate (and I mean really desperate ), send me a PM. No need to worry about a Thanksgiving / Christmas rush here...
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It's not just you - UK shortage too because DEMAND >>>>>> supply (rumor has it Germany has some in stock )

IMHO easily the most popular console without gimmicks and the idiotic emphasis of graphics over content
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Old 11-22-07, 10:43 AM   #9
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http://wiitracker.com/

Check out the times at the bottom that it takes supplies to sell out. One store actually lasted an hour and a half.

Your kids must have other interests that they don't need to get the Wii.
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Same thing with the 8800 gt's those things sold out in a day...
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Old 11-22-07, 12:11 PM   #12
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Same thing with the 8800 gt's those things sold out in a day...
there are wii's all over the place here
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there are wii's all over the place here
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The Wii is really, really fun. No joke. Its reputation is well deserved. Everyone has a blast playing it. And the commercial is right, even grandma will like the Wii.

Instead of being a one or two person thing, you can play games that involve the entire family. If nothing else it is hilarious watching your family members flailing around with the controller in an absolute panic.

Just make sure you factor at least one extra controller into the cost of your purchase.
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The thing has been out for, what, over a year now? I've never seen one for sale in a store. One time a few weeks ago, GameStop had a used one available, but that's it. I mean, I haven't been looking super hard, but geez.
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If memory serves me correctly, this is the SECOND Christmas in a row that Wiis have been in short stock. My son picked one up last year before the crush started.
What's funny is that at his point last year, everyone expected the PS3 to be a bigger hit than the Wii. Neither were easy to find, but there was a brief window where Wiis could be found.

Both of my brother's have Wiis, and this is how they acquired them:

1. Random calls to stores. Expecting to get one from the expected shipment is silly. My brother got lucky when the manager told him, "I'm getting two in 30 minutes. You get here before they hit they floor, and one is your's." You better believed he moved pretty fast on that.

2. Used. Although the Wii is popular, some people bought it for the "popularity" factor and then realized that this popularity did not include them. My brother bought a barely used Wi from a female in his dorm.

I'd check the used route, because you know everyone is checking the storefronts.
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Old 11-22-07, 02:49 PM   #17
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Wow, I did not know this. The Wii has been taken for granted in our house these past months. Can't believe it's been over a year since I got up at 4:30 am to line up at Wal-Mart on Wii opening day last year. I do know that the Wii's have slightly increased their retail prices from last year, while the PS3 are being offered at a discount these days.
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...while the PS3 are being offered at a discount these days.
If I remember correctly, this would be the third or fourth discount on the original price and they're still not selling.
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Maybe out of your price range but here is a bundle on Newegg.
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A friend of mine scored a couple of them at a Walmart in nowhere california a couple weeks ago. They had a two unit limit, and she got two. They had two more and she was tempted to go back and get them, too-- she's going to flip them close to christmas. The going rate in LA on Craigslist seems to be about $320 right now. She seems to be Wii-blessed or something-- she found one last year when they were rare when she was in Blockbuster and got it for her boyfriend for his birthday.

I tried to get one this morning at Kmart with no luck-- I had to be in the area anyway to get my sister at the airport, so it just meant getting there an hour early. No luck-- they only had 8 and the line was longer than that by the time I got there.
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Funny, when the PS3 first came out people where buying them on ebay for thousands.
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Funny, when the PS3 first came out people where buying them on ebay for thousands.
Geniuses, the lot of 'em.

Especially once demand fell off after only two weeks or so, and they were piling up at stores for the list price.
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The owner at work got us our Wii over the summer at a grocerys tore. They spparently had piles of them kicking around.
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