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Wii console - Is it always $199


#1 simonb   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   4 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

Posted 12 January 2010 - 04:57 AM

I am interested in getting a Wii console and the Wii Fit Plus for someone. They just mentioned this recently, so I just began looking a couple of weeks ago. Everywhere I look the system is $199. For the foreseeable future is this the price I will pay everywhere (due to Nintendo policy or high demand)? Or can I possibly find a better deal by waiting?

I'm in no hurry, and will gladly wait if deals do pop up ($ off or free controller or gift card for example). But if the price is $199 across the board then there is no reason for me to wait. If anyone can help I would appreciate it.
Thanks.

#2 jfiorini   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   3 Posts   Joined 5.3 Years Ago  

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 07:05 AM

that's the price. they just lowered it $50 a few months ago

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 07:10 AM

IIRC, it released at $250, so in all honesty, I wouldn't expect it to go down in price anytime soon seeing how it's hardly changed in all this time. That's not to say it can't go on sale or anything but I can't really say about that one way or another (just got a wii myself this past christmas so haven't paid a whole lot of attention to the wii before now).

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#4 simonb   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   4 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

Posted 12 January 2010 - 01:37 PM

I appreciate the help. I realized that the MSRP had recently dropped to $199 and wouldn't expect a further decrease for a while. I just didn't know if retailers ever had sale prices like they do for individual games (ex. $60 regular price, but Amazon or Best Buy has on sale for $40). From your comments and what I've seen, it looks like the console doesn't sell below $199. I just didn't want to buy now, if retailers do offer sales or gift cards, etc periodically. I'm not interested in waiting for a price cut at some unknown point in the future. Thanks again for the responses.

#5 Crunchewy   What? CAGiversary!   16821 Posts   Joined 8.5 Years Ago  

Posted 12 January 2010 - 03:01 PM

There were deals on the console before christmas, if I recall correctly. Amazon giving away gift cards or something? Or maybe walmart? I don't remember, but I'm pretty sure there was. However, I suspect we won't see anything like that again until next christmas shopping season.

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#6 slidecage   Nothing to say CAGiversary!   26936 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

Posted 12 January 2010 - 03:07 PM

There were deals on the console before christmas, if I recall correctly. Amazon giving away gift cards or something? Or maybe walmart? I don't remember, but I'm pretty sure there was. However, I suspect we won't see anything like that again until next christmas shopping season.


many places were giving between 2o to 50 gift cards when you got the wii.... I could see the wii falling to 149 at E3 this summer... Not really counting on it but theres always a chance

Though i doubt there will be much news on the Wii at E3... Im sure nintendo will be pushin their new DSI XL (or whatvever its called) and DSI only games
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#7 rly723   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1616 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 13 January 2010 - 05:54 PM

I got the Wii in last november from Dell for $184-$36 bing cashback. Considering i waited 3 yrs the savings didnt end up all that great, but i'm satisfied with the purchase. Of course the savings off retail shrink once you end up buying other accessories like wiimotes, nuchucks, component cable, etc. Especially for families and kids who get the most use out of it. Wii sports and EA active are solid games But i doubt i'll play the Wii as much as my 360. I know this is a taboo subject, but i know alot of people likely do it. But I'm basically tech illiterate and dont know the risk of how to soft mod a Wii? Anyone having done or experience with it?

#8 bvharris   the black wind howls CAGiversary!   19419 Posts   Joined 6.3 Years Ago  

Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:33 PM

I bought my Wii for $145.99 from Amazon Warehouse deals last June. Open box, but otherwise brand new. And that was when it was $250. I'd check there from time to time, I'm sure they still have good deals on it.

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#9 mediviper   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   387 Posts   Joined 6.1 Years Ago  

Posted 13 January 2010 - 07:38 PM

TJ MAXX was getting them in at $149.99 but the local stores said they sold out the first day. I doubt they got a restock.

#10 simonb   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   4 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

Posted 15 January 2010 - 05:49 AM

Thanks for the replies guys. I appreciate it.

#11 jchoi   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   236 Posts   Joined 7.7 Years Ago  

Posted 16 January 2010 - 12:11 AM

I think Newegg runs refurbished units for $150-$180 from time to time.

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 12:48 AM

You'll occasionally see $179 or so from Dell.com. That's about the lowest I've seen for a new system, but there's always Bing Cash Back deals too through various online retailers.

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#13 simonb   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   4 Posts   Joined 6.2 Years Ago  

Posted 19 January 2010 - 03:48 AM

Just an update, for anyone interested.

I purchased from Sears with their current 20% cashback (2 days ago, and its still not listed under my account - hope I don't run into any problems). After shipping and tax, I think I saved just under $20 - not much, but it helps. Now I need to get Wii Fit Plus or another exercise game.

Thanks for your responses.