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


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#2641 lmz00

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:05 PM

Came to another Walmart that's even more dead than the one I was just at. They also said 9 AM. :/


#2642 Eggman

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:08 PM

I was told 8am when I went there to get groceries last night so that's what I'm going with. Gonna go wait around just to see if maybe people are there already.

#2643 kevgees

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:11 PM

Just got to my local Walmart & I'm first in line & no other customers are here. Layaway isn't open yet but someone is back there and they confirmed that I can preorder one at 9am!! I'm gettin mine! You gettin yours? Hahahaha! Yessssssss!!!

#2644 Jaysonguy

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:13 PM

Had them do mine at 7
One of the managers came to the back and opened the Wii U book and took the preorder, came to 42 and change with their fee and 10%
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#2645 Algertman

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:17 PM

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#2646 Davivascaino

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:23 PM

Jus got mine third preorder, first at local Wal-Mart. First to do that on my store. Now I am one hundred percent guaranteed

#2647 Optical

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:23 PM

Since its layaway do you have to preorder with cash or can you use a card?

#2648 SuperSonic128

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:26 PM

I got my preorders at 12:01AM at a Walmart in AZ. Took the employee's about 20 minutes to figure out what they were doing, but oh well. There was a single other person there to preorder.

#2649 Octopod

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:28 PM

Since its layaway do you have to preorder with cash or can you use a card?


I used a card.

#2650 lmz00

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:29 PM

Did you all just head straight to layaway, or did you have to look around for a manager or something?


#2651 Jaysonguy

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:30 PM

Did you all just head straight to layaway, or did you have to look around for a manager or something?

Straight to layaway

Now in most cases there wont be a layaway person there but a manager can do it.
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#2652 greenwolfe7

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:33 PM

Im still hanging around its 7:30 now... nobody here can do it for me though.

#2653 SuperTuna

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:39 PM

Just got back from Walmart in Manassass (off Liberia), VA. Thankfully there was another random dad who printed out the memo which caused the manager to get called which in turn had him print out REAL memo which has a picture AND a barcode of the Wii U preorder. We both got our two. Thanks fellow random dad.*salute*

#2654 greenwolfe7

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:41 PM

I did the same found the memo and no manager is here....

#2655 Nintendonly

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:42 PM

That happened with mine. Eventually the manager remembered that when entering a UPC/item number into the computer manually for layaway, that she had to leave off the last 6 numbers, or it would keep showing as item unavailable. At least that's the reason she told me. It appeared to work just fine when she left those last numbers off.


Err, no. It should only be the LAST digit of the UPC number. Congrats at getting some sort of food item instead.

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#2656 lmz00

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:43 PM

Can someone post a link to the memo?


#2657 Nintendonly

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:49 PM

Can someone post a link to the memo?


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:51 PM

Can someone post a link to the memo?

The Memo

Just got back from mine. Relatively painfree experience. Went to the one that wasn't 24 hours, so there wasn't a chance of them having started at midnight (plus, it's the easiest one to get to). Meant to get there at 6. Overslept, got there at about 7:15. Layaway opened at 9, but customer service and layaway share a space next to each other, so the customer service worker was willing to do it for me, but didn't have any idea how to do a layaway without the physical item. Said the real layaway people would be in at 9 and to ask them (I was expecting to probably have to wait until 9, anyways). Sat on a stool and did some work that I brought. About 8:15, the electronics dept (I had stopped by earlier) called the customer service desk and said they had all the information/instructions. Was out of there 5 minutes later with a 3-ft long receipt and my preorder. Thanks CAGs!

P.S. Was the only one there.


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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:54 PM

First and only person at the layaway dept at 830am. Got my order in for 2 units but I didn't see the customer service rep print out the package labels according to the memo. She scanned the memo in the black folder twice and charged my card and the system printed out 2 long receipts. They can print the labels out later right?

#2660 Optical

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:57 PM

Just got here. No one in layaway and another lady just walked up. Ask the electronics guy and he was clueless. Told him about the preorders in layaway and he said they don't open until 9.

Well the layaway guy just got here. The electronics guy told him about the wiiu preorders and he had no clue. Oh wait... I think they found the preorder instructions.

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#2661 madcatz1999

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:10 PM

First and only person at the layaway dept at 830am. Got my order in for 2 units but I didn't see the customer service rep print out the package labels according to the memo. She scanned the memo in the black folder twice and charged my card and the system printed out 2 long receipts. They can print the labels out later right?

When they come on the truck, all the packages will be marked for Layaway. Worse case scenario, without the labels, they'll store them at layaway without knowing who they're for. When you come with your receipt, shouldn't be any problem getting it.


#2662 Nintendonly

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:14 PM

They can print the labels out later right?


Yes, the register immediately prompts the associate "No. of labels?"

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#2663 GoldenTiger

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:16 PM

Got 4 units pre ordered with a relative, we were there at 7am but layaway didn't have anyone till 9 we were told. Went to McDonald's for breakfast, came back and still were only ones there. Around 8:50 a nice csr came and asked what we were there for, left a minute, and had the folder. The orders went smoothly with labels printed as well. I'm happy :D.

#2664 jacknicklson

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:18 PM

Preorder number 1, labels printed, very smooth. Ladies were nice and knowledgable so a surprisingly pleasant experience

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:20 PM

First and only one preordering at the local WM. Thanks to the heads up from Shipwrecks tweet and this thread.
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#2666 Renaissance 2K

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:20 PM

Went in at midnight last night, and they told me to come back at 9:00 AM when Customer Service is open.

Went back at 8:30 this morning to find Customer Service already open and serving somebody. When I asked about the Wii U layaway, she said, "Go to Electronics, and bring one back here." When I said that it hasn't been released yet, she said, "You can't put something on layaway unless we have it in the store." When I told her it was in the circular, she said it again, a little more irritated. Sensing she was about to Bruce Banner my ass, I went back to the Electronics department.

There were two guys working in Electronics: one young, one who looked like Roger Sterling from Mad Men. I was hoping to get the young dude, but of course not...

I told him about the circular and asked if this store was doing it. He pulled out a copy of the circular, paged through it, and said he had to go and see if his store was doing it. He disappeared to the front of the store, then walked all the way to the back, and emerged with another manager that seemed to know what was going on. I mentioned the memo, and she said that they were just trying to track down a copy of it. Mr. Sterling went back to the front of the store and came back with the original memo, complete with UPC. Manager lady got on the phone and immediately started calling other Walmarts in the area, saying they're not going to know how to do this. Old Dude walked with me to Customer Service. Poor old dude doing all that walking...

We had an interesting chat about how much Walmart sucks on the way there. He added that, as the first one to do it in the store, I was in pretty good shape, even though Walmart's getting only a limited quantity. I don't know how much truth there is to that, but I'm hoping he's right.

Customer Service lady seemed miffed that I was about to get what I wanted. When my dude held up the memo with the UPC on it, she barked - again - "We don't let people layaway something we don't have!" He responded with, "Uh, yes we do." He reread the memo and disappeared into the back of the store to find the supposed folder that the Wii U receipts were supposed to go in.

They wouldn't let me get two of them, though. The copy of the memo that they had didn't mention "Limit 2 per customer," and I think Customer Service lady was just pissed at me.

#2667 Wanderlai

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:21 PM

ZOMG...well here's my story. I bypassed the 24hr WM on my way home this morning and stopped at the smaller 6-midnight store since I figured the 24hr one could be sold out already. I printed off the memo posted on here which helped a lot. I first went to the electronics dept since layaway was closed this is around 7:45. I asked the only guy I saw that I wanted the po the WiiU, he heads over to the game case....smh. I then tell him, uhm no, its a preorder for something that isn't released yet and hand him the memo. He says they don't do lawaways on items not in stock...smfh. I then tell him my friends have already preordered theirs at their respective 24hr WM. He tells me maybe its only at certain stores...Arrrgh! He finally calls the store manager, who walks back, I tell him the story, he reads the memo, then repeats what the one guy said, and says he knows nothing about it. I asked him to call the 24hr WM that's a few miles away. He then tries entering the upc number in the memo and of course it showed unknown item. They both get this I told you so look on their face. I said I think you have to scan a code on the store memo that your supposed to have. I persist to call the 24hr WM. He then says I'll go investigate this and check my emails and disappears through the layaways doors. While waiting, I went to look for the Sunday WM flyer that is supposed to list the deal....not one flyer in the whole store. While walking back I hear the intercom say will the guy looking for a Wii please come to layaway. I get there and he has this white binder with the bar code to scan on it. He said you are right, I found the memo. I ended up getting 2 and told the guys thanks for the help. They actually apologized which was appreciated. Another WM employee walks up and said he just had 2 calls about the WiiU...lol.

#2668 grouchone

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:22 PM

Got back from my local store in MD. I was the second person at 8am (store opened at 6am). They had the memo, and within 5 minutes I was out the door with my two preorders in hand. Amazingly painless...the only curious aspect was that I was told that I HAD to pick up my units by the 18th. I wonder if they will release them if we don't get them?

#2669 jacknicklson

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:24 PM

You should have until December 14
Read your receipt, it's on there

#2670 vegeta4567

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 01:24 PM

Hi guys,
I just ordered 2 and took a picture of the memo in case it helps any of you... does anybody know how can I post the pic? I tried unsuccessfully...