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


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#2161 StryderOmega

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:06 PM

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. /snip


Your looking at it the wrong way. You are a potentially a big source of income. Every customer is averaged at around $1000 income for the business. So losing 1 customer means losing a potential $1000. Then comes the devastating word of mouth, which could also make the company lose more customers which means more money.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:09 PM

After reading this thread a bit, I will not be pleased if I walk into Best Buy to get my console and they over-sold the system. They will not like the person I am going to become with them.

I asked the guy who took the preorder if they were having a midnight launch. At the time he said they were not, but trying to get enough preorders to be able to do a midnight launch otherwise they would be opening at 11 AM on Sunday. This is interesting, considering I actually went to another Best Buy that was smaller, and they knew they were only getting in three systems and had stopped taking preorders. This was all about a week after preorders started.

So either bigger stores are not being given limits, employees are not being given limits and are overselling, or no one has any idea what's going on.
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#2163 Plinko

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 03:21 PM

Most likely at Best Buy the online "store pickup" preorders will have priority.

Why? Because they have already given the authorization to pay in full. In-store preorders have not. If people start coming in to pay off their in-store preorder, it will then go by time of purchase (i.e., earlier orders get theirs first). For those who have in-store pickup preorders, just don't go to the store until you get the email saying it's ready. When that email is sent, it is because your name has been put on a box and saved in the back room. It's ready at that point.

Also, people again in this thread need to remember something: Amazon WILL NOT be selling this console. That means a TON more will be available to other stores. Since Nintendo and Best Buy have a great relationship (Best Buy has the 3DS zones) they most likely will be getting a lot of extra inventory.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:14 PM

If I pay off my Wii U pre-order at Game stop before it comes out, does that avoid the tax?

Every time I buy something at Gamestop, I am not taxed when I completely pay off something with credit from trade ins. For times that my trade in credit doesn't cover everything, I am only charged tax on the amount that I pay cash or credit card for.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:41 PM

ok,that makes sense. So ive put 91 dollars in store credit toward the Wii U. So that means I should only be charged tax on 259?

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:45 PM

ok,that makes sense. So ive put 91 dollars in store credit toward the Wii U. So that means I should only be charged tax on 259?


Depends on your state. Call GameStop and ask.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:48 PM

Yeah, I noticed today when I picked up Pokemon 2 it was first 32 dollars but then when I paid with my store credit, it was only 29.99.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:53 PM

Is this going to be like the PS3 release? Scalpers buy then in mass, then return them a week later when they realize that nobody will buy them at a 150% mark up?

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:54 PM

Every time I buy something at Gamestop, I am not taxed when I completely pay off something with credit from trade ins. For times that my trade in credit doesn't cover everything, I am only charged tax on the amount that I pay cash or credit card for.

Ok. You live in one of those states. I think the people who are asking (me being one of them) are people who get charged tax on all purchases even when paid with GS credit.

I asked a GS rep today and she said even when you pre-order the tax is already calculated in. Makes sense. So, if true, I guess that ends this discussion unless someone knows (for sure) differently.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 06:56 PM

Ok. You live in one of those states. I think the people who are asking (me being one of them) are people who get charged tax on all purchases even when paid with GS credit.

I asked a GS rep today and she said even when you pre-order the tax is already calculated in. Makes sense. So, if true, I guess that ends this discussion unless someone knows (for sure) differently.


I don't understand your question. There's nothing special about a preorder wrt tax. Either your state taxes a purchase with credit or it doesn't.

#2171 SgtWiggles

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:01 PM

Is this going to be like the PS3 release? Scalpers buy then in mass, then return them a week later when they realize that nobody will buy them at a 150% mark up?


Doubtful, this actually looks rare.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:18 PM

hi everyone, new to the forum! :)

i wonder how many consoles magically reappear in stock after 48 hours. seems like many people have preorders at different retailers as backups, but i assume most will cancel the rest of them after they pick up their console except the flippers.

i myself waited too long to decide if i wanted to buy one and was also hoping newegg would open up preorders - no tax for NY. my plan is to head to target @ atlantic terminal on saturday morning and camp all the way til launch. i think they will have a midnight release because that's what they did for the ps3 launch. it will obviously be much better than having to camp through the cold, late autumn night.

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#2173 rayfrombk

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:25 PM

target @ atlantic terminal had at least 275 ps3 units at launch when everyone else had 10 or less. don't remember the quantity for the wii launch. it'd be awesome if they received that many again. also i heard that target didn't take in-store preorders. can anyone comment on that front? if that's the case i think that will be my best (and probably only) chance. :(

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:49 PM

Does Cost Captain actual charge your charge, or just leave a pending transaction? I actually need a substantial charge on my card for bonus points, so I wouldn't mind it getting charged and cancelled a month later when they can't come up with any Wii-Us.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:02 PM

Does Cost Captain actual charge your charge, or just leave a pending transaction? I actually need a substantial charge on my card for bonus points, so I wouldn't mind it getting charged and cancelled a month later when they can't come up with any Wii-Us.


Even though I doubt I will get one from Costcaptain on release I left my preorder with them. They put a pending charge on your credit card, at least that is what they did with mine.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:08 PM

Keep it remotely on topic and stop with the insults/arguing.

#2177 rayfrombk

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:15 PM

Even though I doubt I will get one from Costcaptain on release I left my preorder with them. They put a pending charge on your credit card, at least that is what they did with mine.


i doubt they will be getting any significant quantity if at all. they've left the pre order open for this long when everyone else has sold out which means there there will be many unhappy shoppers.

to answer vcplant's question, they will probably hold the amount on your card for authorization until it actually ships, which may be never. i would have to think that won't count toward your bonus points since it's not an actual charge.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:16 PM

Costco won't be getting any Wii U consoles at all, according to my merch manager. Not surprising since we've been cutting down on game stock.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:30 PM

Most likely at Best Buy the online "store pickup" preorders will have priority.

Why? Because they have already given the authorization to pay in full. In-store preorders have not. If people start coming in to pay off their in-store preorder, it will then go by time of purchase (i.e., earlier orders get theirs first). For those who have in-store pickup preorders, just don't go to the store until you get the email saying it's ready. When that email is sent, it is because your name has been put on a box and saved in the back room. It's ready at that point.

Also, people again in this thread need to remember something: Amazon WILL NOT be selling this console. That means a TON more will be available to other stores. Since Nintendo and Best Buy have a great relationship (Best Buy has the 3DS zones) they most likely will be getting a lot of extra inventory.

So true. They have my money on hold. Also instore pickups have a seperate register so we should be on a shorter line i assume

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:39 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?

preordered my original wii at FYE. I came in 5 days before launch and i asked about my preorder and was told they werent getting enough for me. I canclled and camped out at Bestbuy for 14 hours. Well around noon later that day fye calls me asking if im going to show up to get my wii......yeah....14 hours of camping out when i didnt have to if fye knew what they were doing. Hang onto your preorder and go their launch day. They will have a Wii U for you.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:42 PM

And technically, a BestBuy.com order is different than a Best Buy store purchase, even with in-store pickup (that's why the price of an item can be one thing in the store, but different online, even if you do in-store pickup).

So... hopefully Best Buy will fulfill in the in-store pickup pre-orders so that it's not simply dependent on the available stock at the store. The best would be if the preorder units for in-store pickup came in a completely separate shipment with a manifest of how many were pre-ordered and who they belond to, with specific instructions that they're not part of the store's in-house inventory.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:51 PM

And technically, a BestBuy.com order is different than a Best Buy store purchase, even with in-store pickup (that's why the price of an item can be one thing in the store, but different online, even if you do in-store pickup).

So... hopefully Best Buy will fulfill in the in-store pickup pre-orders so that it's not simply dependent on the available stock at the store. The best would be if the preorder units for in-store pickup came in a completely separate shipment with a manifest of how many were pre-ordered and who they belond to, with specific instructions that they're not part of the store's in-house inventory.


There was a Best Buy employee at another board stating that this is pretty much the case (the In-store pickup being a separate shipment/group of orders).

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:53 PM

preordered my original wii at FYE. I came in 5 days before launch and i asked about my preorder and was told they werent getting enough for me. I canclled and camped out at Bestbuy for 14 hours. Well around noon later that day fye calls me asking if im going to show up to get my wii......yeah....14 hours of camping out when i didnt have to if fye knew what they were doing. Hang onto your preorder and go their launch day. They will have a Wii U for you.


interesting.. there are 2 fye's within reach from where i live. do you know how many consoles a store generally gets on launch?

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:54 PM

There was a Best Buy employee at another board stating that this is pretty much the case (the In-store pickup being a separate shipment/group of orders).


That would be awesome. And, that's why anyone who has a BestBuy.com pre-order with in-store pickup should NOT go to the store until you get that email. No email... no Wii U unit.

As someone else said, once you get that email, your merch is sitting in the back with your name on it.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:13 AM

That would be awesome. And, that's why anyone who has a BestBuy.com pre-order with in-store pickup should NOT go to the store until you get that email. No email... no Wii U unit.

As someone else said, once you get that email, your merch is sitting in the back with your name on it.


Cool and my thing says i have from November 18 to November 26 to pick it up so hopefully I get that email.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:17 AM

interesting.. there are 2 fye's within reach from where i live. do you know how many consoles a store generally gets on launch?


My FYE got around 10. But I swear NO ONE even knows you can preorder their. I believe I paid 50 for my preorder. Its worth a shot honestly. I didnt have faith in them and when they told me they werent getting enough I cancelled, but as it turns out they got more than enough.

They also did a list to thats why they called me at around 3 in the afternoon the day the Wii came out, They held on to it for me but I had already cancelled.

You desperate folks should try FYE.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:49 AM

My FYE got around 10. But I swear NO ONE even knows you can preorder their. I believe I paid 50 for my preorder. Its worth a shot honestly. I didnt have faith in them and when they told me they werent getting enough I cancelled, but as it turns out they got more than enough.

They also did a list to thats why they called me at around 3 in the afternoon the day the Wii came out, They held on to it for me but I had already cancelled.

You desperate folks should try FYE.


thanks for the tip! i'll call them tomorrow morning and see if i can take the train out there during lunch break if they are still taking preorders. i'm just worried that asking this late in combination with the fact that the closest location is right across the street from a gamestop they will turn me away.. but i guess it's definitely worth a shot. you're right. i NEVER heard of this place before let alone hearing about anyone preordering from there. wish me luck! :applause:

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:51 AM

My FYE got around 10. But I swear NO ONE even knows you can preorder their. I believe I paid 50 for my preorder. Its worth a shot honestly. I didnt have faith in them and when they told me they werent getting enough I cancelled, but as it turns out they got more than enough.

They also did a list to thats why they called me at around 3 in the afternoon the day the Wii came out, They held on to it for me but I had already cancelled.

You desperate folks should try FYE.


FYE is where I ended up getting my launch Wii. I was 2nd on the preorder list and they only got two Wiis on launch day.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:57 AM

thanks for the tip! i'll call them tomorrow morning and see if i can take the train out there during lunch break if they are still taking preorders. i'm just worried that asking this late in combination with the fact that the closest location is right across the street from a gamestop they will turn me away.. but i guess it's definitely worth a shot. you're right. i NEVER heard of this place before let alone hearing about anyone preordering from there. wish me luck! :applause:


Theyve been selling video games for over 10 years. Everyone just forgets espcially for preorders.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 01:01 AM

At this point I'm willing to try anything. I'm going to try FYE tomorrow, camp Target, Nintendo World and Toys 'R Us Times Square (since I live in NYC). I'll need to think through the logistics for this, lol. Maybe get some family members involved.