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The Wii U Pre-Order Thread - $349.99/$299.99 - 11/18/12


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#2131 Masx

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 10:29 PM

He probably paid out of his own pocket for your powerup membership. I herd, if they don't meet a certain quota, they would lose their job.


You need to be a powerup member to be on the waiting list and there's a free version of the powerup membership. So I doubt he paid anything as I myself am a free member.

#2132 ps2emotions

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:38 PM

Looking for opinions...

I pre ordered the Wii U at BB in store ($5 on the deluxe)...just incase

I work at Walmart (New store...small town...only has had to do 3DS and Vita launch...3DS had 6 people counting me at midnight) and get a 10% discount...my discount card didn't work for pre-orders online.

I get off of work at 4:00 pm on the 15th...I was thinking of grabbing a bite to eat and being back at the store at 5 pm to be ready for any line standing...with the discount (I know for sure it will work) buying the deluxe console will come to around $315, instead of $350...

if you were in my shoes...would you stand in line for 7 hours to save $35?

Would bring my 3DS and DS to play the whole time, so boredom wont get in the way.


If I had preordered one early at best buy then no I would not take a chance waiting at walmart trying to get one just to save $35. On the other hand if you got your preorder in late at best buy then yes I would go to walmart and wait. Actually you can't go wrong if you can get one at all at walmart with your discount because you are pretty much guranteed a profit on top of your discount savings.

#2133 ps2emotions

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:54 PM

For anyone hesitant about waiting in line for a Wii U I highly advise at least attempting getting one at launch. On the Wii I made the mistake of waiting and then I got wanting one but it wasn't until middle of feb 2007 before I could find one. I actually got lucky when I found one then because I was in walmart and just happened to see a couple back behind the counter and asked if I could purchase one and the employee said yes (kind of reluctantly I think they may have been hiding them back for someone) so I was really happy and lucky with my timing. Here is a video of it, nothing like that new nintendo console smell.

#2134 SgtWiggles

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:00 AM

For anyone hesitant about waiting in line for a Wii U I highly advise at least attempting getting one at launch. On the Wii I made the mistake of waiting and then I got wanting one but it wasn't until middle of feb 2007 before I could find one. I actually got lucky when I found one then because I was in walmart and just happened to see a couple back behind the counter and asked if I could purchase one and the employee said yes (kind of reluctantly I think they may have been hiding them back for someone) so I was really happy and lucky with my timing. Here is a video of it, nothing like that new nintendo console smell.


Thats why I decided to pre-order mine. Didnt want to wait, then end up not being able to get one till like February or March, and still not even get the version I wanted.
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#2135 thebytewasbit

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:18 AM

Do you need an ID to pick up a preorder at best buy or just the receipt?

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:38 AM

just counting down the days. i finally have enough credit at gamestop to pay off the whole thing. will i get it sans sale tax if i pay all of it with credit?

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:11 AM

Do you need an ID to pick up a preorder at best buy or just the receipt?


You have to have ID and the credit card that was used.

#2138 Paladinion

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:13 AM

just counting down the days. i finally have enough credit at gamestop to pay off the whole thing. will i get it sans sale tax if i pay all of it with credit?


I asked this exact question today when i put down some more money on mine. Turns out that you are only charged sales tax on the cash you put down. So if you pay all with credit, then no, you will not be charged sales at all. but if you do lets say 150 cash and 200 credit, you will be charged sales tax on the 150 cash.

#2139 klimb22

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:36 AM

I asked this exact question today when i put down some more money on mine. Turns out that you are only charged sales tax on the cash you put down. So if you pay all with credit, then no, you will not be charged sales at all. but if you do lets say 150 cash and 200 credit, you will be charged sales tax on the 150 cash.

Is that tied to the state by state tax thing or is it universal? I live in a state that taxes on GS credit and have never paid off any pre-order. Reason being, I never pre-ordered anything at GS before this WiiU. Not even to get a bonus and then cancel.

Can anyone who lives in a state that gets taxed on items paid for with GS credit confirm either way? If true, I will find flips or whatever to put towards the WiiU to save $21 tax.

#2140 Wompdevil

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:45 AM

Reading these posts are really making me worry about my BB pre-order. I was planning on just showing up at midnight to get my in store pick up but now I am worrying that I STILL need to camp out in line to pick up something I pre-ordered. Uggh

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#2141 bbedwards

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:01 AM

I asked my dude at my local BB what the deal was about how the preorders would be filled. He told me that his manager had just attended some meeting about the holiday season. He said the preorders are supposed to be given out in the order they were preordered if they can't fulfill all of them, but he said because they cut off the preorders they should have enough.

I'm going to keep on them about it (I suggest you do the same). I preordered at 10:20 am the day they went live, and I'll be damned if they expect me to stand in line all night to get one.

#2142 gordojones88

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:16 AM

Reading these posts are really making me worry about my BB pre-order. I was planning on just showing up at midnight to get my in store pick up but now I am worrying that I STILL need to camp out in line to pick up something I pre-ordered. Uggh



If you get there at midnight and there are 200 people in line in front of you, you still have to wait till they have helped each one of those 200 people first. Maybe by some miracle, some clueless employee won't give away your pre-order by mistake.
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My problem was this hoarder took all of them including my one copy as I helped her.


#2143 gordojones88

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:18 AM

I asked my dude at my local BB what the deal was about how the preorders would be filled. He told me that his manager had just attended some meeting about the holiday season. He said the preorders are supposed to be given out in the order they were preordered if they can't fulfill all of them, but he said because they cut off the preorders they should have enough.

I'm going to keep on them about it (I suggest you do the same). I preordered at 10:20 am the day they went live, and I'll be damned if they expect me to stand in line all night to get one.



If there are 100 people in line in front of you that have also pre-ordered, they have to help those 100 people first. You are still going to stand in a line at some point.
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My problem was this hoarder took all of them including my one copy as I helped her.


#2144 HyperG

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:23 AM

Just want to say sorry was just a powerup member card not a pro account, just another thing to keep track of my purchases that I won't be using....

#2145 SgtWiggles

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:29 AM

I asked my dude at my local BB what the deal was about how the preorders would be filled. He told me that his manager had just attended some meeting about the holiday season. He said the preorders are supposed to be given out in the order they were preordered if they can't fulfill all of them, but he said because they cut off the preorders they should have enough.

I'm going to keep on them about it (I suggest you do the same). I preordered at 10:20 am the day they went live, and I'll be damned if they expect me to stand in line all night to get one.


Lol your gonna have to stand in line. Best Buy pre-orders dont use I.D's or anything, so the only thing they might have on you is your Reward Zone info. Only way to have possibly avoided the line was to do an instore pickup from the website, even then who knows.
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#2146 bbedwards

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:35 AM

Guys, all I am saying is I'm glad they will have preorders reserved in the order received in case they can't fulfill all preorders. I just don't want to be forced to camp out early to be guaranteed a console when I already have a preorder

#2147 Paladinion

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:50 AM

Im gonna camp out at my Gamestop just for the fun of it.
Im not gonna want to do anything besides play the Wii U anyway so yeah....might as well be near it.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:59 AM

I was at Wal-mart just now and they had a Wii controller out for sale in the Wii U box art. Nothing big, just thought that was a little odd.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:17 AM

I don't really care about order, if even 1 person that pre ordered doesn't get their system, it ain't right. I know it'll happen, but I hope whoever it happens to gets compensated by the store.

I don't get the decision to not have a GameCube disc reader on the system. Is it just to resell GCN games as eShop downloads later? Is it to keep the cost down? I can't imagine adding GameCube BC would cost a lot of money.

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#2150 SgtWiggles

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 04:24 AM

I don't really care about order, if even 1 person that pre ordered doesn't get their system, it ain't right. I know it'll happen, but I hope whoever it happens to gets compensated by the store.


Likely scenario: "Sorry we sold out of Wii U's, here's a 5$ Gift Card, try again in a month"
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:51 AM

I was at Wal-mart just now and they had a Wii controller out for sale in the Wii U box art. Nothing big, just thought that was a little odd.


Walmart started getting wii mote plus in the wii u box art last week, this week we started to get the wii nunchuck with the wii u box art

#2152 Wompdevil

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:25 AM

Yeah, I figure if I show up at midnight at BB I would be waiting in line which I don't mind at all. I just don't want to find out they sold them to people who are trying to pick them up at midnight and didn't bother to set aside the in-store pick up pre-orders. Times like this I wish Amazon and Nintendo weren't having their little cat fight. At least Amazon is really good CS wise when issues like this would happen. Ah well, we shall see

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#2153 Eggman

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:29 AM

Just pay the whole preorder off and they literally cannot give it to someone else. Unless they want to lose their job.

#2154 SgtWiggles

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:37 AM

Just pay the whole preorder off and they literally cannot give it to someone else. Unless they want to lose their job.


You can do that? I have never been allowed to put more than 5$ down here

Even then....I'm pretty sure your logic is flawed. One time my store only got 3 copies of a C.E in, one for each system. I got there first and had an in-store pre-order for 5$, so they had to sell it to me instead of the guy who did an Instore Pickup.
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Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:58 AM

I think the important thing here isn't whether you put money down.. it's to get there FIRST even if you pre-ordered. I wonder if there will be separate line for ppl who preordered. Who knows what will happen to my pre-order if I go in after all those ppl lined up outside..

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:16 AM

I did the Best Buy pre-order with store pickup. i was even signed up to receive the email from Best Buy letting me know when pre-orders were available and i managed to get my pre-order in BEFORE that email went out.

Regardless, I'm not going until I get the email that says my Wii U is ready for pickup, like any other Best Buy online order with in-store pickup. I don't see the point of going during all of the mayhem until i know it's waiting for me, nor would it make sense for them to give out pre-orders based on anything EXCEPT the order in which the pre-order was made.

I pray it all works out. But I just do not believe Nintendo is being open with retailers on how many systems they will ACTUALLY receive at launch.

#2157 Drclaw411

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:20 PM

The totally legit sounding wiishopexpress is taking preorders fur a bundle packed with useless poop.

http://www.wiishopex...CFVGd4Aodf0gA0Q

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 01:15 PM

Just pay the whole preorder off and they literally cannot give it to someone else. Unless they want to lose their job.


Money is money, they're getting the same amount no matter who it comes from. All they have to do is say "sorry, we oversold" and give you your money back. You're not entitled to anything except a spot in line.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 02:36 PM

Mine is getting shipped from Target hopefully. Got my order in ten minutes after they started taking preorders online. No lines and waiting outside this time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 02:53 PM

I preordered my deluxe from a small F.Y.E. at a mall, a week after the release. They told me the usual "if you preorder you are guaranteed a system on launch day". When I was there there was literally no one in the store and the mall is in a touristy spot, so I don't think many preorders were placed there (they didn't even advertise they had any pre-orders). They are not gonna have a midnight launch and are opening on 10AM Sunday which is when the mall opens. Should I still get there early? or does it not matter? The place is 40 minutes away, so I can't just "drive up and check if there's a line". What are your guys experiences on this?