My wife and I tried to find a Wii for almost 6-7 months in preparation for Christmas. The Wii was going to be our Christmas present to one another. But there was only one problem. And if you want to buy a Wii you obviously know what the problem is. They are next to impossible to find.
For instant gratification you can look online at Ebay and check out the prices of some sellers who are trying to make a fortune on the high demand of the platform. Afterall, the games are quite addictive, interactive and might even get you into shape. Or at least get you off the couch. The prices are hard to predict because most who sell a Wii usually put it up for auction. And it seems to work. The retail price of just under $250 dollars is usually topped with what looks to be an average of 30-40 bids. And it makes sense if you can’t find them that the game would go to the highest bidder.
So you don’t want to get into a bidding war and you need to find a Wii. Our search started at the usual. Best Buy and Walmart didn’t ever seem to have them and most workers there didn’t even know when the next shipment was coming in. Almost as if it’s some hidden secret and the store wants to avoid having mass chaos over the Wii. We also looked at Circuit City, Target and other similar stores with much of the same results.
We live in a smaller town so perhaps the supply just quite didn’t meet the demand. Upon visiting my parents for Thanksgiving in Nashville we tried again to no avail. Best Buy was out and didn’t know when the next shipment was coming in. But a guy recommended the smaller stores like GameStop. He said they usually can tell you exactly when they get in and hold one for you. It’s kind of ironic that the Best Buy worker bought his Wii from GameStop.
So before we could get to GameStop we stopped at the smaller Walmart to look for some clothes for our 18 month old son.
Surprisingly enough, they have 3 Wii’s sitting there that had just come in. Maybe it was luck. Maybe destiny(I say with a wii bit of sarcasm). My wife noticed the consoles and said “Honey, there is a Wii.” The box was so tiny. So different from the XBOX, Playstations, Atari’s and Intellivision. It came into my thoughts that this was actually the first ever Wii console box I’d ever seen. All this for a whopping $250 dollars plus tax not to mention buying an additional controller?
Was it really worth it? It’s been fun and definitely a little bit of exercise. The sports games are cool but limited in the amount of play before restarting. The action is definitely a different experience than I’ve ever enjoyed.
So where do you find a Wii? I hope you are just as fortunate as us in your search too. Especially if it’s for the holidays. For those of us who can’t afford to pay huge prices for buying one on Ebay, a Wii bit of luck comes in handy.