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#2251 diazt350

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:07 AM

How do know if you're the first one to pre order at best buy? Do you ask? Just wondering since people say they're first on this.

Pre-ordered mine the day after it was announce and the 1st day best buy officialy started pre order so I feel safe and I'm worried as hell at the same time D:
For people who are planning to go to target but can't go to at midnight but can later on don't worry much I waited out like around 8am and everyone was guaranteed one with a ticket and if they didn't get a ticket no problem they were just told to wait in line so they can get any that are leftover. Just trying to talk about my experience.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:24 AM

I have a pre order @ GS. Assuming I do get one, anyone know if I can use the PUR $50 Off any purchase coupon? I'm pretty close to 50,000 and was thinking about getting it.

#2253 CheapAssHustla

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 05:33 AM

$50


Thanks for the heads up. I'm checking later on today.

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I have a pre order @ GS. Assuming I do get one, anyone know if I can use the PUR $50 Off any purchase coupon? I'm pretty close to 50,000 and was thinking about getting it.


Yes, but cant apply that until launch day.

#2255 NoMeDigas

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:57 AM

Bestbuy says nintendo told them the maximum amount of preorders they could take for wii u. I assume Nintendo contacted other stores to.


Do you have a link to confirm this... or did some minimum-wage BB employee tell you that?

#2256 NoMeDigas

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:04 AM

How do know if you're the first one to pre order at best buy? Do you ask? Just wondering since people say they're first on this.

Pre-ordered mine the day after it was announce and the 1st day best buy officialy started pre order so I feel safe and I'm worried as hell at the same time D:
For people who are planning to go to target but can't go to at midnight but can later on don't worry much I waited out like around 8am and everyone was guaranteed one with a ticket and if they didn't get a ticket no problem they were just told to wait in line so they can get any that are leftover. Just trying to talk about my experience.


There's a difference between those of us who pre-ordered on BestBuy.com either with free shipping or as an in-store pickup... and those who went to Best Buy and pre-ordered in person.

From what all of use know about Best Buy, online pre-orders and store pre-orders should be completely separate, as BestBuy.com and Best Buy stores technically operate as separate entities.

The only reason you can buy something at BestBuy.com and pick it up in store is BestBuy.com has access to Best Buy stores (mostly) real-time inventory.

So, when people say they were "the first" to pre-order at Best Buy, it's because they went in and pre-ordered at the store (I did that with an iPad 2 when they first were released). Those of us who pre-ordered at BestBuy.com have no clue, except for the email receipt we have confirming our preorder.

#2257 Jive689

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:05 PM

Just to throw out what I was told when I attempted to preorder at my local BB (Newport News, VA)... The guy I spoke with said that they had been told to stop taking preorders, but that I should show up for the midnight release. He claimed that he was in charge of getting it set up and that he was getting a total of 80 units in for launch day. This figure apparently included preorders, though.

Take that with a grain of salt, obviously. 80 seemed a bit high to me, but this is probably the nicest bb we have in the area. I ultimately ordered mine from gs.com.

On that note, any thoughts on the online preorders from these stores (bb, gs)? I'm not as concerned about having mine on launch day as much as during launch week.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:30 PM

Do you have a link to confirm this... or did some minimum-wage BB employee tell you that?


There was a sign over the area that bestbuy will be putting wii u stuff. They already have empty shelves for the Wii U.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:44 PM

Really? I have a FYE at the mall literally RIGHT next to my job and didn't know? If they are already sold out, I'm kicking myself in the ass and giving up.

Although, there are 2 Gamestops inside, one outside, and a Best Buy, Target, and Walmart all around the outside of the mall as well. So I'm guessing that one of those stores HAD to point people to FYE for pre-orders.
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:12 PM

Really? I have a FYE at the mall literally RIGHT next to my job and didn't know? If they are already sold out, I'm kicking myself in the ass and giving up.

Although, there are 2 Gamestops inside, one outside, and a Best Buy, Target, and Walmart all around the outside of the mall as well. So I'm guessing that one of those stores HAD to point people to FYE for pre-orders.


Give it a shot! I would back away and try some place else though if they tell you they already have 10 pre-orders for the deluxe. They're obviously not as big as the other retailers which may factor into why no one checks them first, and because of this I'm cautiously optimistic Nintendo will allocate them 10 units of each.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:50 PM

Give it a shot! I would back away and try some place else though if they tell you they already have 10 pre-orders for the deluxe. They're obviously not as big as the other retailers which may factor into why no one checks them first, and because of this I'm cautiously optimistic Nintendo will allocate them 10 units of each.


I tried calling FYE by my house, but they told me on the phone they were not taking pre-orders for the wii u. Anyone else have one that isnt taking pre-orders at all? Should I bother actually trying this in-store?

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 02:59 PM

I tried calling FYE by my house, but they told me on the phone they were not taking pre-orders for the wii u. Anyone else have one that isnt taking pre-orders at all? Should I bother actually trying this in-store?


I would assume that means that they know they're only getting a very small lot of systems and a) the manager is letting the employees take them or b) the manager wants to physically have them on shelves. Unless you have one of the larger FYE stores with the really big game departments (didn't they all close?), the videogame "shelf" is many a way to get you in the store to look around.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:13 PM

I tried calling FYE by my house, but they told me on the phone they were not taking pre-orders for the wii u. Anyone else have one that isnt taking pre-orders at all? Should I bother actually trying this in-store?


Some FYE stores don't sell video games anymore. I know that most of them in Syracuse, NY don't. So that may have something to do with it.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 03:23 PM

I had my preorder in by 1pm at gamestop.com less than 3 hours after the press conference and they did not stop taking orders until Saturday so I most likely will get one at launch.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 04:13 PM

Some FYE stores don't sell video games anymore. I know that most of them in Syracuse, NY don't. So that may have something to do with it.


I was there a month ago and it still had games, 1 wall in the middle of the store with wii/360/ps3 ds games all around it

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 04:21 PM

I was there a month ago and it still had games, 1 wall in the middle of the store with wii/360/ps3 ds games all around it


The one I went to yesterday had plenty of games although it was a small store. They even had games piled up right by the registers. I guess it's YMMV.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:02 PM

Just saw the Wii U displays today after picking up E.T.'s

#2268 NoMeDigas

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 08:43 PM

I had my preorder in by 1pm at gamestop.com less than 3 hours after the press conference and they did not stop taking orders until Saturday so I most likely will get one at launch.


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#2269 kklems

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 09:10 PM

Walmart will have some for preorder in store next week. Saw an employee notice that thy would start taking layaway wii u preorders from October 14 to nov 1 for delivery before Xmas. ( I think 12/14 is the last day of layaway for all items to be picked up).

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:10 PM

Walmart will have some for preorder in store next week. Saw an employee notice that thy would start taking layaway wii u preorders from October 14 to nov 1 for delivery before Xmas. ( I think 12/14 is the last day of layaway for all items to be picked up).



I work in electronics at walmart and thats the first i heard of it, my dept manager said we would not be doing wii u console preorders at all, and we would only be getting a handful of the basic and deluxe at best. for the launch. plus cant put preorders on layaway in a barcode and serial for it to do it.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:12 PM

Walmart will have some for preorder in store next week. Saw an employee notice that thy would start taking layaway wii u preorders from October 14 to nov 1 for delivery before Xmas. ( I think 12/14 is the last day of layaway for all items to be picked up).


Remember, though, Walmart policy changes store to store per Walmart manager. Every Walmart will handle their Wii U launch differently. Unless corporate is using the launch as a way to promote their lay-away program, I doubt many stores, if any at all, will follow suite with this (although I'm 100% positive that all stores will allow you to stand in line on launch day and, instead of paying in full, put your Wii U on lay-away).

#2272 kklems

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:42 PM

I work in electronics at walmart and thats the first i heard of it, my dept manager said we would not be doing wii u console preorders at all, and we would only be getting a handful of the basic and deluxe at best. for the launch. plus cant put preorders on layaway in a barcode and serial for it to do it.


I was picking up a site to store order. It wasn't in electronics section. I am not sure it was public knowledge but it was posted on the wall by the cash register. (and I spent a lot of time standing there). 3 pages detailing process for doing preorder (via layaway). So my guess is they plan to get stock before Xmas to fill layaway orders. Won't start until October 14 per the memo. It also said while stock lasted. Might not be good for flippers but those who want a console for use before Xmas might want to go store Sunday. Btw this looked like a corporate memo with picture of console etc versus a local store memo.

#2273 kklems

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:46 PM

Remember, though, Walmart policy changes store to store per Walmart manager. Every Walmart will handle their Wii U launch differently. Unless corporate is using the launch as a way to promote their lay-away program, I doubt many stores, if any at all, will follow suite with this (although I'm 100% positive that all stores will allow you to stand in line on launch day and, instead of paying in full, put your Wii U on lay-away).


No at least two of the pages looked like a corporate memo. One was too small to read with a bunch of boxes and code stuff. This was specifically for layaway orders.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 11:25 PM

Just saw the Wii U displays today after picking up E.T.'s


Actual demo kiosks or shelf space? Which store.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:02 AM

I was picking up a site to store order. It wasn't in electronics section. I am not sure it was public knowledge but it was posted on the wall by the cash register. (and I spent a lot of time standing there). 3 pages detailing process for doing preorder (via layaway). So my guess is they plan to get stock before Xmas to fill layaway orders. Won't start until October 14 per the memo. It also said while stock lasted. Might not be good for flippers but those who want a console for use before Xmas might want to go store Sunday. Btw this looked like a corporate memo with picture of console etc versus a local store memo.


I work for Walmart in the electronics section, and this is the first I'm hearing about this.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:32 AM

I work for Walmart in the electronics section, and this is the first I'm hearing about this.


Do you really think they keep the employee's informed? Keep your eyes open for the notice. let us know. I have a bundle pre ordered from online for delivery, I hate going to the store to stand in line. 13.50 gets it here pretty quick.
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#2277 Nintendonly

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:40 AM

The 14th is a Sunday... I think it's possible. I'm working 10-7 that day so hopefully I find out something about it.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:52 AM

Sorry for the long post guys. This comes from an official Walmart document being shared with employees and layaway. The ad for in-store preorders will run in Sunday's Walmart circular 10/14/12. Details below if someone wants to add to the wiki. There is a limit of only 2 preorders per person.


Wii U Layaway Reservation Process
Starts: Sunday, October 14 - Ends: Thursday November 1 (or until allocated qty sold)

Overview
• The Wii U Black Deluxe Console Set can be reserved, Oct. 14 through Nov.1 using the Holiday Layaway system.
• IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to limited quantities the period to reserve your copy could end sooner
o Sales block will be placed on item number once allocated quantity has been met.
• Utilize the Holiday Layaway process to execute the reservation of the Wii U console.
• Layaway service fee of $5 and 10% down applies to reserve the console.

Preparation
• Obtain a folder for the Wii U Black Deluxe console reservation process to hold the layaway package labels for all
pre-sold reservations and secure the folder in the layaway area.
• Create a layaway bin label and apply it to the folder.

Execution
1. Scan barcode of the Black Deluxe Console.(While supplies last)
2. Register will prompt Product Care Plan, Optional. Without a serial number scan the upc two times.
Wii U Deluxe Console
Item 550924127
UPC 45496880866
$349.96

3. IMPORTANT NOTE: Customer may pay a majority of the balance in the initial transaction, but no matter what
there must be a minimum balance of at least one penny, $.01 left on the account when reserving the console.
• This will assist with tracking when the customer returns to pick up the game.
4. Complete transaction and print one package label for each reserved unit.
5. Bin and place the package label(s) in the Wii U reservation folder.
6. Remind the customer on the following elements;
• Wii U launches at 12:01 am on Nov.18 and will be available for pickup.
• Pickup location is the layaway desk, not the Electronics register.
• Return with receipt for a smooth pickup on launch date.
7. Place the pre-sell Wii U folder in a secure location under the layaway register until the launch date of Nov.18 at
12:01am.

Receiving Reserved Wii U Consoles
1. Pre-sold Wii U consoles will arrive into stores DTS Wednesday Nov. 14 through Friday Nov. 16.
• Carton will be marked; Wii U Layaway Merchandise; Take to Store Manager for Midnight launch on
11/18.
2. Take the reserved consoles to the security room until boxes can be labeled and binned.
3. Apply the package labels from the reservation folder to each unit, re-assign the reserved consoles to the proper
storage location and bin until 12:01am on 11/18 launch night.
Midnight Launch
1. Be prepared before the midnight launch
2. Ensure the Layaway area is staffed with a layaway trained associate for the midnight launch.
• Support manager, Assistant manager, etc.
3. Have the deluxe console set and folder secured under the layaway register Saturday night at 11:45pm
4. When the customer picks up their Wii U console
• Ask for the receipt and complete the layaway transaction
• Cross through the package label located in the folder with a pen.
5. Add-on attachment sales by having the following item displayed at launch.
• Cards, Controllers, Games, Charging cradle

Edited by N1ntendo, 10 October 2012 - 12:54 AM.
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:04 AM

Sorry for the long post guys. This comes from an official Walmart document being shared with employees and layaway. The ad for in-store preorders will run in Sunday's Walmart circular 10/14/12. Details below if someone wants to add to the wiki. There is a limit of only 2 preorders per person.


Wii U Layaway Reservation Process
Starts: Sunday, October 14 - Ends: Thursday November 1 (or until allocated qty sold)

Overview
• The Wii U Black Deluxe Console Set can be reserved, Oct. 14 through Nov.1 using the Holiday Layaway system.
• IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to limited quantities the period to reserve your copy could end sooner
o Sales block will be placed on item number once allocated quantity has been met.
• Utilize the Holiday Layaway process to execute the reservation of the Wii U console.
• Layaway service fee of $5 and 10% down applies to reserve the console.

Preparation
• Obtain a folder for the Wii U Black Deluxe console reservation process to hold the layaway package labels for all
pre-sold reservations and secure the folder in the layaway area.
• Create a layaway bin label and apply it to the folder.

Execution
1. Scan barcode of the Black Deluxe Console.(While supplies last)
2. Register will prompt Product Care Plan, Optional. Without a serial number scan the upc two times.
Wii U Deluxe Console
Item 550924127
UPC 45496880866
$349.96
3. IMPORTANT NOTE: Customer may pay a majority of the balance in the initial transaction, but no matter what
there must be a minimum balance of at least one penny, $.01 left on the account when reserving the console.
• This will assist with tracking when the customer returns to pick up the game.
4. Complete transaction and print one package label for each reserved unit.
5. Bin and place the package label(s) in the Wii U reservation folder.
6. Remind the customer on the following elements;
• Wii U launches at 12:01 am on Nov.18 and will be available for pickup.
• Pickup location is the layaway desk, not the Electronics register.
• Return with receipt for a smooth pickup on launch date.
7. Place the pre-sell Wii U folder in a secure location under the layaway register until the launch date of Nov.18 at
12:01am.

Receiving Reserved Wii U Consoles
1. Pre-sold Wii U consoles will arrive into stores DTS Wednesday Nov. 14 through Friday Nov. 16.
• Carton will be marked; Wii U Layaway Merchandise; Take to Store Manager for Midnight launch on
11/18.
2. Take the reserved consoles to the security room until boxes can be labeled and binned.
3. Apply the package labels from the reservation folder to each unit, re-assign the reserved consoles to the proper
storage location and bin until 12:01am on 11/18 launch night.
Midnight Launch
1. Be prepared before the midnight launch
2. Ensure the Layaway area is staffed with a layaway trained associate for the midnight launch.
• Support manager, Assistant manager, etc.
3. Have the deluxe console set and folder secured under the layaway register Saturday night at 11:45pm
4. When the customer picks up their Wii U console
• Ask for the receipt and complete the layaway transaction
• Cross through the package label located in the folder with a pen.
5. Add-on attachment sales by having the following item displayed at launch.
• Cards, Controllers, Games, Charging cradle



my store will completely crew this up, just saying plus our store doesnt have enough man power as it it to deal with it lol

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:23 AM

• Layaway service fee of $5 and 10% down applies to reserve the console.

If I'm reading this correctly, there is a $5 Layaway service fee that is not applied towards the cost of the console while the 10% is?