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Inavailability of Nintendo Wii

Posted Mon January 1, 2007 12:00 pm, by Ashley S. written to Nintendo of America, Inc.

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When the Wii came out in November I was very excited to play it. However, I have been going to every store around my house since before Christmas trying to purchase the Nintendo Wii. It's rediculous that in order to buy this game system you have to camp outside a store or buy it for $200-$500 more on ebay. Not only that, everytime I ask someone in the store when they are receiving an order of the Wii, they have no idea. I've always thought nintendo had the best systems especially since the ps3 came out which costs $600. However, lately I feel I have been proven wrong.

All I want is to pay the normal price for the Wii ($250) rather than the expensive prices running on ebay/nintendo website, without having to camp outside local stores. I would appreciate it if nintendo could make one of these systems available to me.


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by Eric S Posted Thu January 11, 2007 @ 4:22 PM

I finally was able to get one. After calling about 15-20 stores every
day for 5 days at various times, the Wal-Mart near me had two. I
rushed over and bought one. They didn't have any extra remotes, but we
found one of those at a Target the next day.

My whole family is enjoying it. I hope you are able to get one without
too much hassle.

by Eric Schmucker Posted Thu January 4, 2007 @ 6:25 PM

Most responses to your question are completely useless (with notable

It is perfectly reasonable to want one soon. They are being shipped
and some people are getting them. The frustrating thing is the lack of
information. Nintendo is definitely responsible for the fact that the
stores never know when they are going to get them. Most stores are
telling me that they get FedEx/UPS shipment any time during the day
and you just have to call frequently. That is a waste of everyone's
time. I've called 20 stored in my area for the last 3 days and at
least one store each day received a few, but they went fast.

I can see why Nintendo doesn't want the long lines and crime that
occurred with the PS3, but some information would be very helpful. One
clerk told me she gets 3000 calls a day asking for the Wii (probably
exaggerated). If they knew they weren't going to get any for a week,
then they could simply communicate that and everyone could plan
accordingly. A complete lack of information is not a good thing.

Someone said to wait until March, and another said to wait a year.
Maybe they don't want one now, but can you guys imagine that other
people do? Expecting other people to have the same attitude as you is
ridiculous. I'm sure there were many cases where you were excited to
get something that most people couldn't care less about.

The person who said you should have pre-ordered it is also clueless.
You might not have known about it until recently (like myself), you
wanted to wait until you talked to people who actually had one to make
sure it wasn't all hype, you might not have had the money, etc.

Why is it that when you ask a reasonable question, people in different
circumstances can't see past their own nose.


Wow. Your stupidity is breathtaking. by Bored Erik Wed January 17, 2007 @ 10:03 AM
by fairydustcrissy Posted Wed January 3, 2007 @ 11:11 AM

If you really truely wanted a wii that badly, you would have
pre-ordered it. I did, and lots of others as well. You could have also
stood in line to get one. The fact that you chose to do neither does
not mean Nintendo should drop one on your lap. Its a new product,
coming out at Christmas time. Get over yourself.


by Adam W Posted Wed January 3, 2007 @ 1:57 AM

This is one of those situations where I don't think a complaint is ok
at all. It is Christmas and the Wii is one of the hottest items on
the market.

Nintendo has done everything they can to keep up with demand. They
have been truthful and have given facts about how many units would be

If you want a Wii you need to get out your phonebook and start making
some calls. That's the only way to do it.

To compare it to the PS3 doesn't make any sense at all. Nintendo had
4 million units available while Sony only had 1 million by year's end.
This comparison leaves me puzzled.

by A A Posted Tue January 2, 2007 @ 5:26 PM

That's kind of strange, the Best Buy by me had about 100 on a big
display 2 days before Christmas.


Re: Inavailability of Nintendo Wii by CrazyRedHead Tue January 2, 2007 @ 12:52 PM

Actually... by DazeyDevyne Tue January 2, 2007 @ 5:10 PM

I think the controls should be connected to elastic, connected to a headband by RedheadWGlasses Tue January 2, 2007 @ 8:28 PM

Ahhhh, isn't that a little mean??? by CrazyRedHead Tue January 2, 2007 @ 11:15 PM

Thank you very much, Red!!! by Tina N Tue January 2, 2007 @ 11:52 PM
by CrusadingStarlight22203 Posted Wed January 3, 2007 @ 9:31 AM

There have been MANY injuries from ADULTS who can't keep their hands
on their controllers!



by Humorous Erik Posted Tue January 2, 2007 @ 12:38 PM

Okay, here's some more in-depth advice, assuming you've come back to
read any of the comments to your letter.

This one is specific to Target. Go to your local Target store and ask
them to check if any other stores has this particular product in, and
if it can be held. Then give them this DPCI number: 207-25-0001. They
should run the number in their computer, and would be able to tell you
the inventory for their store and any neighboring ones. Ask them to
write down the stores that have any in stock and how many they have.
If, however, you're more of a hands-on person and/or don't trust the
people working at Target, you can do the same search for yourself.
Find a price scanner in store that has number keys on the right hand
side of it. Enter the same DPCI number and it will tell you if the
store has any Wiis in the back room. If it says that they do, just
hang out at the electronics department until they bring them out.

As for any other stores, the Wiis are all arriving at retail via UPS.
So the key is to find out at what time of day your local stores get
their UPS shipments in. You should be able to find this information
out just by calling all the stores in your area and asking them. Once
you know this, show up about half an hour before that day's shipment
and find out where the best place to wait to see if they received any
Wiis. Do this every day, and you should have your Wii by the end of
the week.


by Vigilante Erik Posted Tue January 2, 2007 @ 9:41 AM

My New Year's Resolution is to start being more helpful around here,
so no time like the present. I don't claim to be an expert on Wii
tracking, but the Wii in my living room right now attests to the fact
that I'm better than most. And since I neither had to buy it on eBay
nor camp out overnight to get it, I thought I'd spread the wisdom.


This is a link to the Amazon discussion board for the Wii. It's a
sounding board for different people on where to get the Wii and when.
Most of it is the usual Internet blather, but it occasionally spits
forth pearls of wisdom.


This site will tell you what stores have inventories of Wii or when
they expect to get more in. Very helpful.


This one's not as good, but it's still worth a shot. You have to sign
up to use it, though.

If you have patience, most market experts predict that around March
the supply should be enough to keep them on store shelves. Until then,
it'll be the same thing as it's been to this point - having to be
lucky. So good luck to you. Happy Wiiing.


So are you our new Mr. Helpful, Erik? (n/t) by LadyMac Tue January 2, 2007 @ 10:00 AM

Just call me Little Helpful. by Humorous Erik Tue January 2, 2007 @ 10:03 AM

Time for another name change? by LadyMac Tue January 2, 2007 @ 10:05 AM

I just changed my name this morning. by Humorous Erik Tue January 2, 2007 @ 10:17 AM

I saw that by LadyMac Tue January 2, 2007 @ 10:19 AM

Wow by Rapunzel676 Tue January 2, 2007 @ 10:04 AM

Yay Erik! by Jeffrey Tue January 2, 2007 @ 11:50 AM

by Quasi_Mondo Posted Tue January 2, 2007 @ 8:49 AM

What I don't get is this 'gotta have it now' mentality.
Remember the recent popularity of the newly released Xtreme Tickle Me
Elmo? I found three of them on the shelf at Wal-Mart just three days
after Christmas.
The same thing will happen with the video game consoles. Pretty soon
you'll be tripping over them.


by Courtney C Posted Tue January 2, 2007 @ 7:56 AM

Are you able to walk right into a store and buy the PS3? Were you able
to walk right in and buy ANY brand new gaming system when it first
came out? This is the way gaming systems are brought to public.
Increase desire by decreasing supply. The less supply, the more
demand. You'll just have to wait like everyone else. Or, if its really
that important to you, camp out or pony up the cash on Ebay. On a side
note, you may want to keep your eye on the bigger warehouse type
stores, such as Costco or Sam's Club. People tend not to think about
those places when they think of buying a system. My best friend was
able to waltz into Costco at about noon on the day the Wii came out
and buy one for $250. Across the street, people had camped out for
days to get one at Walmart on that same day at 6 am. I'd check out
those places every once in a while.


by Donkey Kong Posted Tue January 2, 2007 @ 12:17 AM

And this is Nintendo's fault, how?


by Tina N Posted Mon January 1, 2007 @ 11:16 PM

You don't "have to" camp out OR pay outrageous prices... WAIT for it
to come out.
Not a hard concept to grasp.


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