Now that my fiancee’s birthday has come and gone, I can finally pen a post I’ve kept in the archives for months – how I got her a Wii when all the online shops are sold out and stores sell their inventory in approximately one hour. In fact, I had the opportunity to get a second Wii if I wanted to at the time but I think that level of greediness is bad for karma (since I’d only sell the second one). Plus, think of that poor kid rushing to the store to get his or her Wii but can’t because a greedy bum decided to fire up the capitalist machine and earn a little more scratch.
The secret to getting a Wii comes down to one simple idea – persistence. First get the phone numbers of all the local video game stores (Gamestop, EB Games, Circuit City, Best Buy, Toys R Us, etc) and call them every single day. Call every single day. Make it quick too, don’t small talk or you’ll go crazy, just ask if they have any Wii’s in stock, if not, thank you and move on. Ask when their next shipment is too in case they don’t offer it up. Sure the fourteen year old kid working the phones is going to be tired of the calls (it won’t just be you) but it’s his job, he’ll deal with it.
Gamestop and EB Games are owned by the same company but in a lot of malls they have multiple stores, each one will get a separate shipment of Wii’s. I’d put emphasis on these mall type stores because, at least in my case, they ship mid-week when most people are working. I picked up my Wii on a Wednesday from an EB Games and while it was the last one there, the nearby Gamestop had two left. (I only know this because I called Gamestop, they said they had some and I went directly to the EB Games thinking they were the same store) This type of double redundancy is important because they can sell out before you get there. I want to say that they get shipments in three’s but I never confirmed that. Best Buy and Circuit City are harder because they’re on the radars of the hardcore gamers and capitalists who constantly keep their ear to the ground.
Store Locator Links:
- Best Buy
- Circuit City
- Wal-Mart – Search box there on the top of the left sidebar.
- Toys ‘R’ Us
If you are really hard up for a Wii, you can get them in bundles online (Gamestop is releasing three bundles on 6/15) but I avoided that route because I didn’t want to pay for the games I didn’t think my fiancee would enjoy. The last option is to go the eBay or Craigslist route and buy one second hand, good luck with that. The last I checked the premium put on a system is approximately $50-$100 – not terrible but not trivial.
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