There are still people who are doing everything they can (maybe even fighting?) to get their hands on the Wii before the holidays. If you’re one of these people who just can’t seem to get to the store at the exact right moment when they get stocked, there’s still hope! I’ve got some good and bad, but more good news for you. We’ll start with the good first…
Get your racing shoes on! This weekend, seven different national retailers are stocking their shelves full of Wii’s. Okay, “full” may be a bit of an exaggeration, but stores are going to have them. Retailers like Best Buy, Target, Sears, Kmart, Toys R Us and Circuit City will be advertising the popular game system in their weekly add. Wal-mart too will have them, although they’re not advertising them. That means that you do have a chance of getting one. Each store should have at least 21 consoles but that some stores will have as many as 100!
The bad news? Well, don’t think you’re the only one who wants a Wii that knows the stores are going to have them. I imagine you’ll need more than racing shoes to get yourself one. As word spreads, more and more people are going to have only one thing to accomplish this weekend and that is to get a coveted Wii in their hands! Stores are expected to have them sometime before noon. I like how Kotaku explained it.. they said that stores will be “throwing the consoles up on the shelves come the weekend and then running away!”
Now, the additional good news? Nintendo has established an official raincheck program for the Wii that guarantees customers will have a console in their hands by the end of January. GameStop is one such store that will be “selling” rain checks on December 20th and 21st. Customers will have to pre-pay for the Wii in full and then they’ll get a slip . Of course, there are only so many rain checks available so you’ll have to jump on this offer too.
Analysts have predicted that the unavailability of the Wii’s this holiday season is costing Nintendo billions in sales! Yes, that’s billions! While Nintendo is losing out, sellers on eBay sure aren’t! Since December 4th, over 86,000 Wii’s have been listed on eBay with nearly all of them selling for well over the retail price. One of the auctions I viewed today was just the console which of course comes with the 5 WiiSports games and it sold for $490 with $40 shipping! When will the Wii craziness end?