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


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#2311 Azazael13

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:24 PM

So we do the reservation at Layaway and not electronics right? Guess I have a trip to Walmart this Sunday :)

#2312 MildObstruction

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:44 PM

I went to my local Wally World and a guy in Electronics was allowed to pre-order 4 WII U's and I asked him why. He said one for himself, and 3 for Craigslist or eBay for well over $600.


Will these things really be selling for that much in the secondary market?


It seems like it wasn't all that long ago that the scarce production of the original Wii launched ebay auctions in to the stratosphere during the holidays. It was pretty jarring - I remember seeing a few in the $600-$700 range while half the Targets in my area had them sitting on the shelf. So yeah, this happens. And the more press it gets, the more it happens. This is already getting a bit of press with the 'pre-order' auctions (blech), so once it actually releases expect some craziness.

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#2313 Nintendonly

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:48 PM

Could I get someone to preorder one for me?


Yes. Have that person make you an authorized pick-up name.

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#2314 screwkick

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:54 PM

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#2315 Dr. Feel Good

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 12:59 PM

Whew, go Wal-Mart. Saving all of us that were late to the party.

#2316 Nintendonly

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:02 PM

I went to my local Wally World and a guy in Electronics was allowed to pre-order 4 WII U's and I asked him why. He said one for himself, and 3 for Craigslist or eBay for well over $600.


Will these things really be selling for that much in the secondary market?


Looks like he did it online.

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#2317 greenwolfe7

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:06 PM

Called my local walmarts all layaway desk are open 9am-9pm for me. Debating how early to get there. I don't think alot of people will know about this but at the same time have a basic pre-ordered for in store pick up at my local BB. I want a deluxe though.... im debating about getting there at 6ish... not too early not to late... I don't wanna cause a line but I don't wanna be late... Anybody think ill be safe?

#2318 rightwingjedi

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:11 PM

I just called my local Wal-Mart Electronics to confirm before I head up there to pre order one for my son and they say they have no pre orders anymore.

Do I have to call layaway?

#2319 Nintendonly

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:31 PM

Called my local walmarts all layaway desk are open 9am-9pm for me. Debating how early to get there. I don't think alot of people will know about this but at the same time have a basic pre-ordered for in store pick up at my local BB. I want a deluxe though.... im debating about getting there at 6ish... not too early not to late... I don't wanna cause a line but I don't wanna be late... Anybody think ill be safe?


Most young people don't look at newspapers. You'll be fine. Just go into the store at 8AM (if that's when it opens on Sundays).

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#2320 Nintendonly

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:33 PM

I just called my local Wal-Mart Electronics to confirm before I head up there to pre order one for my son and they say they have no pre orders anymore.

Do I have to call layaway?


More than likely the associate you spoke to is thinking about the website, so yes, make sure you speak to a layaway-dedicated associate to get a better answer.
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BTW- Electronics associates are layaway backup.

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#2321 JaylisJayP

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 01:50 PM

Most young people don't look at newspapers. You'll be fine. Just go into the store at 8AM (if that's when it opens on Sundays).


99% of the year you're correct, but around Black Friday, people will have those Sunday paper inserts all over the kitchen table. Kids will see the toys and games and the family will easily find out all the times.

#2322 Nintendonly

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:23 PM

99% of the year you're correct, but around Black Friday, people will have those Sunday paper inserts all over the kitchen table. Kids will see the toys and games and the family will easily find out all the times.


This isn't taking place on Black Friday. This is taking place on October 14th.

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#2323 bojay1997

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 02:30 PM

Most young people don't look at newspapers. You'll be fine. Just go into the store at 8AM (if that's when it opens on Sundays).


You're kidding yourself. Lots of moms and families coupon and so they do get and read the Sunday paper. There will be plenty of people lining up for this all over the country.

#2324 Nintendonly

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:12 PM

You're kidding yourself. Lots of moms and families coupon and so they do get and read the Sunday paper. There will be plenty of people lining up for this all over the country.


Lining up for a preorder for a system they perceive that they already have and is being repackaged at a higher pricepoint? You're kidding yourself.

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#2325 madcatz1999

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:18 PM

Where the Fuck are you guys getting this $5 gift card BS from? I've already rung out several layaways and the customers get their $5 back in the form of not having to pay it if the products' price + tax is paid off.

In addition to the several places it states that you'll get it back in the form of a GC, the TOS also says:
"Open fee refund cannot be applied to the layaway balance"

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#2326 Jimbo Slice

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:22 PM

Can anyone point me to the post that explains what's going on at WalMart? Searched the last few pages but all I saw was a bunch of bickering.

#2327 Nintendonly

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:27 PM

In addition to the several places it states that you'll get it back in the form of a GC, the TOS also says:
"Open fee refund cannot be applied to the layaway balance"


Something is totally fudged there, because I've definitely rung out customers who have paid their layaways off and they definitely didn't get a gift card.

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#2328 Nintendonly

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:28 PM

Can anyone point me to the post that explains what's going on at WalMart? Searched the last few pages but all I saw was a bunch of bickering.


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#2329 MisterS42

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:51 PM

Just a head's up on the Fry's regular edition. I ordered mine on Friday and I got the following e-mail today:

Dear ***** :

Thank you for your order. We apologize but the item(s) you
ordered are currently out of stock and we are unable to provide
a definite ship date at this time. However, we continually
receive new merchandise in our warehouse and we hope to fulfill
your order within the next thirty days or sooner if possible.

At this time, your order is still pending and will ship as soon
as the item(s) are in stock. Your order number is ********** .

If you would prefer to cancel, change, or check the status of
your order, you may do so at anytime prior to shipment by
calling customer service at 1-(408)350-1484 or e-mail us at
service@cs.frys.com. If you choose to cancel your order
we will provide a full and prompt refund of any charges which
you may have incurred for unshipped items.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you for choosing Frys.com


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#2330 Plinko

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:10 PM

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Nintendo issued a statement denying this would have any effect on their launch allocation.

#2331 ps2emotions

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:36 PM

Nintendo issued a statement denying this would have any effect on their launch allocation.


I really see the Wii U being very difficult to get no matter what nintendo states. For one thing nintendo wants to up the demand with a small supply to start with without people actually knowing and this will be a good excuse (although hidden one) to do just that. Plus I know China and Japan had trouble having to close japanese factories like mitsumi which makes parts for the wii u. Yet another hidden excuse. People are also realizing that the wii u will in fact be the most powerful console until probably 2014 with new estimates of 720 and PS4 not arriving til 2015. I actually don't think nintendo will be able to produce enough supply even if they wanted to because most everyone will want a Wii U this year. Nintendo is actually in a perfect posistion because they have created a console that will be profitable for them from the start and will be top dog for at least a year and a half and many will want to buy not only 1st party titles but 3rd party titles for the latest greatest console. This will lead to the Wii U getting very tight with developers and by the time 720 and PS4 arrive Nintendo will have had such a jump it will be able to start focusing on it's next system. This big of a lead for nintendo will open up a new series of console wars unlike any we've seen before I'm thinking.

#2332 bojay1997

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 04:54 PM

Lining up for a preorder for a system they perceive that they already have and is being repackaged at a higher pricepoint? You're kidding yourself.


As a parent myself, I can state pretty clearly that several of the kids my son plays with have already asked their parents for a WiiU for Christmas. The WiiU has been discussed on NPR, in major magazines, on general interest websites and on those tech segments they do on the local news. People definitely know about it and if nothing else, they understand it's a new system from Nintendo. You are totally deluded if you think this isn't going to attract a crowd on Sunday morning, even if it's primarily flippers and profiteers.

#2333 chimpmeister

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:02 PM

I really see the Wii U being very difficult to get no matter what nintendo states. For one thing nintendo wants to up the demand with a small supply to start with without people actually knowing and this will be a good excuse (although hidden one) to do just that. Plus I know China and Japan had trouble having to close japanese factories like mitsumi which makes parts for the wii u. Yet another hidden excuse. People are also realizing that the wii u will in fact be the most powerful console until probably 2014 with new estimates of 720 and PS4 not arriving til 2015. I actually don't think nintendo will be able to produce enough supply even if they wanted to because most everyone will want a Wii U this year. Nintendo is actually in a perfect posistion because they have created a console that will be profitable for them from the start and will be top dog for at least a year and a half and many will want to buy not only 1st party titles but 3rd party titles for the latest greatest console. This will lead to the Wii U getting very tight with developers and by the time 720 and PS4 arrive Nintendo will have had such a jump it will be able to start focusing on it's next system. This big of a lead for nintendo will open up a new series of console wars unlike any we've seen before I'm thinking.


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#2334 Gareee

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:06 PM

Nintendo has made very little money this year, and odds are they are kicking as many Wii U units out the door so they can finish the year showing profits.

#2335 Renaissance 2K

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:26 PM

I personally don't think Nintendo is holding back supply. If they want decent developer support, they need as many consoles in the wild as possible.

I think they learned their lesson from the Wii launch. Launching with a paltry supply would ensure that everything is in high demand, but it also limits the amount of money you can make in any given time period. That's not a plan that many investors can get behind, especially considering the demand has been pretty stellar even prior to the shortage rumors.

#2336 ProppaT

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:44 PM

I personally don't think that Nintendo purposely limits stock. I think that Nintendo sets a late year launch so they can finish the 4th quarter really strong and spill over into the next year. The limited supply part comes from sticking to their guns on the release date and just not being able to deliver enough product. Fiscally, the strategy of a late year launch before the holidays makes a lot of sense, I just feel they're always late getting their products to production.

From Nintendo's perspective, missing the 2012 holiday season would be suicide, seeing how poorly they've done this year financially and the fact that the new Xbox console will most likely be to market by the 2013 holiday season. If you miss a holiday launch, you might as well delay your launch and explore ways to cut cost and build a launch line up. Besides, I'm sure that Microsoft and Sony's selling point for their next gen consoles will be the fact that it's more powerful and graphically capable than the Wii U. Nintendo, launching first, either has to be established or find a way to fight back. They're picking the easier route, being firmly established.

#2337 Nintendonly

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:44 PM

As a parent myself, I can state pretty clearly that several of the kids my son plays with have already asked their parents for a WiiU for Christmas. The WiiU has been discussed on NPR, in major magazines, on general interest websites and on those tech segments they do on the local news. People definitely know about it and if nothing else, they understand it's a new system from Nintendo. You are totally deluded if you think this isn't going to attract a crowd on Sunday morning, even if it's primarily flippers and profiteers.


That doesn't automatically make you someone who understands retail. There won't be a line of people waiting to preorder a system.

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#2338 ps2emotions

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:46 PM

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lol, well, it's not a fantasy of mine but more nintendo's but I hope it turns out to be more than just a fantasy for them. I'm sure Tattoo would agree.

#2339 ps2emotions

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 05:50 PM

That doesn't automatically make you someone who understands retail. There won't be a line of people waiting to preorder a system.


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#2340 Confucius

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 06:02 PM

How many times do I have I remind you guys to ignore the trolls?

What they think won't affect a damn thing.