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    THIS || close to scoring a Wii by accident at Target today.

    I was checking out and this very nice manager was helping an elderly woman explaing that 'they were all gone' and they had '22 of them 30 minutes ago in a surprise shipment'. So, as he was checking my merchandise out (oh, that didn't sound right - umm.. he was ringing out two DS games and a 360 game), and I said.. your were talking about the Wii, right? YEP.

    He also told the woman that she could check out the week sale flyer that goes online Saturday, but isn't published until Sunday's paper and if they advertise the Wii in the sale flyer for that region - they'll have them in-store on Sunday morning for the stores in that ads region.

    Just something I found out.. they are still coming in to stores if you want one and I'm sure it doesn't apply to just Target.
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    GameStop also has the Raincheck program. They sell Nintendo approved vouchers for one Wii to be redeemed in January. Just something to put under the tree. I don't know how fast they'll sell though.

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      My wife actually bought one before Thanksgiving at Toys R US. She said I don't know what it does, but people were yelling and screaming for one. She then said that while they were all arguing, she walked up and just grabbed one off a near by shelf. Gotta love a girl with brains.
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      • #4
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        Well.. the Wii showed up in todays flyer for our area. I'll let ya know tomorrow if it's true. I don't care that much - it's become a game in itself now..
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          I'll get one eventually, I'm waiting/hoping for the price to go down, and I'm not gonna be really itching for one until Super Smash Brothers comes out in February. Hopefully by then I won't have to play this cat-and-mouse game :).

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            LOL @ the price going down. When something is in high demand, don't count on the price going down soon. The Wii will probably stick at the launch price for a while. Just be glad if you can find one.

            Think of it as a good investment paying a few extra dollars for the time you get to play it however long it stays at the current price.

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            • #7
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              Yeah, Price is solid and level. You'll probably see the unofficial 'bundles' disappear.

              The rumor held true.. they had them at Target, but not enough. Oh well.
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              • #8
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                i was at wallmart last week in the electronics section (getting blu ray movies, which wallmart sells now (woot)) and there was a line of about 20 people, so i asked what the line was for.. someone at the front said they just got a shipment of Wii's in... it blew my mind that over a year later, they are still hard to get.... GG Nintento! (no sarcasm.. they are back on top)

                15 mil wii sold so far (sold.. not shipped, but sold and in households or under trees)
                12 mil 360 shipped (some are still on store shelves)
                7 mil ps3 sold (same as wii.. sold, not shipped)
                considering wii has been out for 1 year, 360 is 2 years, and ps3 is 1 year

                15 mil wii / year
                7 mil ps3 / year
                6 mil 360 / year

                quite the opposite from last gen console gaming


                ps: i own a wii and a ps3 (80 gig version)
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                  Well.. turns out my best gift of the holiday came from my Mom. She's totally non-tech and bought everyone in the family a Roomba 500 series.

                  LOOOOOVE IT! Two full runs now and it gets hung up on NOTHING so far. It reduces dust and gets into all the places my vacuum won't go. Not to mention it's just plain CUTE and fun to watch. Anyway.. 'nuff said.
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                    Nintendo has been doing a limited release to help create the illusion of little supply and high demand. It's worked well for them. It's probably also helped with their network things like store and whatnot to limit the initial influxes of new clients.

                    I managed to score one last year before Christmas time. I honestly play my PS3 more than it now, but it's still a great party system (Rock Band is giving it a run for it's money though...) I've, since I walked into stores this holiday season, Have seen several stacks of Wii's sitting on the shelf. I knew no fewer than 8 people at work who really really wanted a Wii for their "Kids" this season... hehe, yea right. Most picked one up though.

                    I've heard mixed feedback on Roomba, and I always see them on woot.com so it makes me wonder about their durability.


                    [UPDATE] Just stopped by the Local Best Buy during lunch and there was some poor employee standing next to a pile of 4 Nintendo Wii. He was complaining that now that they had them in, nobody was around to buy them. So, If you're near Eagan, Minnesota, and in need of a Wii, the Best Buy there has some =p [/UPDATE]
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                      it IS post christmas tho, so the hype is now gone, and nintendo will flood stores so that there is ample supply for every story. i wonder tho, if next year will be the same. 2 years in a row i thought was odd, but 3 is definitly something beyond precident
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                        Wiis and now the DS are hard to find.

                        I wonder what will happen this year. I can't imagine the hype dying down just yet.
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                          Originally posted by Vinzalf View Post
                          Nintendo has been doing a limited release to help create the illusion of little supply and high demand. It's worked well for them.
                          I'm pretty sure that Nintendo has been putting them on shelves as fast as they can. Sure, they'll bunch them up to save on shipping costs and to allow stores to advertise, but I don't think that they are limiting distribution in any other way.
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                          • #14
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                            The DS is scarce now too? I remember last year it was harder to find as it got closer to Christmas. I ended up buying one a month before and then found out it was a hot item that year.

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                            • #15
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                              Yeah.. the DS was a hot item this year, but I never saw any empty shelves in their spot. Nintendo just couldn't produce the Wii for the Holiday. Nintendo would've gladly traded the Wii's scarcity on the shelves for the #1 spot in console sales for the holiday instead of handing it to Microsoft again (I am only guessing at that, I haven't seen any firm numbers yet).

                              BTW, I heard a rumor M$ had a big XBox announcement coming up in the next day or two.. possibly about licensing the manufacturing of the XBox architecture to others like Samsung and Toshiba, likely to free up capital for focusing on content and subscriptions. Just a rumor I heard.
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