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post #1 of 610
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So, when does everyone think that the Wii will be readily available in stores? I have been trying to obtain one; however, it seems that everyone is still sold-out. Hopefully stores will be getting new stock soon, and with the end of the holiday season, they won't sell out as quickly, but maybe that is just wishful thinking on my part.
post #2 of 610
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Originally Posted by lesterm View Post

So, when does everyone think that the Wii will be readily available in stores? I have been trying to obtain one; however, it seems that everyone is still sold-out. Hopefully stores will be getting new stock soon, and with the end of the holiday season, they won't sell out as quickly, but maybe that is just wishful thinking on my part.

Not sure how true this rumor is but I have heard not until March for Wiis & PS3s. I'm sure a few will trickle in from now until then. Toys R Us & Target usually get better supply from Nintendo than most retailers so you might want to keep checking there.
post #3 of 610
I scored one at Target today thanks to itrackr. They got a shipment in sometime around 10 or 11. Picked it up on my lunchbreak. Guy said they got about 20 and had sold through half of them when I got mine.
post #4 of 610
dang, wish my Target's got that many. I missed them by an hour at a few local Targets. They said they only got in a "couple" each. I also use iTrackr and got a text late last night that an EB in my area had them but I called this morning and they said no, I have a feeling they're lying.

I don't think I've ever searched so much for a system before, the hunt goes on....

Joe
post #5 of 610
PC Mag article said Wii shortage should ease by March with PS3 shortage easing later.
post #6 of 610
is itrackr working for you guys? I keep getting and error message.
post #7 of 610
itrackr is broken for me. It won't give me any results right now.
post #8 of 610
Yea... iTrackr looks like a great service - I just signed up. However, they must be slammed because I can't get into the My iTrackr page... nor the Wii page.

I hope things clear up soon.
post #9 of 610
Was at BestBuy in Tracy, CA today around 11:00. Don't know how many they got, but I was able to pick one up. Just got lucky. I was not going to stand in lines or pay crazy eBay prices. Same thing happened with the PS3 I bought. Picked it up about two weeks after launch, just happened to be in an EBGames when they got in a shipment.
post #10 of 610
Woodhaven mi target had 3 this morning..............snagged one
post #11 of 610
I tried for weeks in advance of Christmas to get one for the 3 kids with no luck. I had to wrap up a picture from an ad for them.

We stopped in at Target today about 10 am, walked past the wii case and it was empty. Kids walked back by it about 5 minutes later and promptly began jumping up and down and frantically searching for me.

Not only that but it was a wii sports pack, whatever that means. This Target got 18 of them in today.
post #12 of 610
I'm going to guess that it won't' be until the end of January at the earliest. I happened to walk past the game counter at my Target today around 12:30 and they had JUST gotten 6 (only!) in. They were quickly purchased. The employee didn't even have time to get the boxes off the pallet, as they were quickly bought.
post #13 of 610
Bought one today from Target around noon. Had a shipment of around 6 and when I got there, there were only 2 left (about 20 minutes after being in stock).
post #14 of 610
went to the target in Monroe, Mi. didn't have any and said would not get any until march. I think the guy i talked to was full of it.
post #15 of 610
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Originally Posted by steve shisler View Post

Not only that but it was a wii sports pack, whatever that means. This Target got 18 of them in today.

All wii's in the us come with wii sports

I was able to snag mine today (yea!! ) after my brother called me saying a friend of his who works at best buy said they just got some more in, i don't even think they put them on display yet (if they even are) although by the time i was getting in the checkout line, i saw somebody else just finishing up his purchase. With mine i saw a total of 4, though i'm not sure how many they had total.

However just yesterday, after going though 3-4 stores that would sell game consoles, i noticed that none of them even had playstation 2 (however i did see a few 360's) so i imagine a lot of stores are currently drained from holiday madness on top of everybody wanting a Wii, so it probably will be a bit before getting a Wii is effortless (march seems a tad much perhaps) but with luck (and perhaps some people avoiding stacking up their charges post-holidays ) It's still somewhat possible...either that or it's the one time in my life fate gave me a chance in hell at all to get something i want
post #16 of 610
Rumors are that there will be a major influx on sunday (along with PS3's), so if you have no luck this week, try sunday at all major chains. As for iTrackr, it's only as reliable as the employees who work there. I've had itrackr report a few target stores that didn't have the stock it said they had (and the stores stayed that way for a few days) as well as ebgames and gamestop stores that don't always update on time. So it's a pretty big YMMV on getting good results with itrackr.
post #17 of 610
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PC Mag article said Wii shortage should ease by March with PS3 shortage easing later.

Maybe it's just LA, but I've seen PS3s all over the place, Best Buy, Wal Mart, local shops in Korea Town. I'm confident I could buy one tomorrow if I so desired.
post #18 of 610
IMO give it a couple of weeks and you'll be able to get Wiis. You can already get PS3s if you want them in stores, I saw 2 stores before Christmas that had them. All the Ebay scalpers are going to have to find something else next year to make a living off
post #19 of 610
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Originally Posted by mltv View Post

IMO give it a couple of weeks and you'll be able to get Wiis.

Yea, I heard this before the launch of the Wii too. Then it was "a couple weeks after launch, but surely before Christmas you will be able to walk into stores and find a Wii".

I think the March date is probably the most accurate of estimations I've heard.

btw, iTrackr still seems broken. Can anyone get it to work, i.e. sign into My iTrackr?
post #20 of 610
I walked into my local Best Buy in Knoxville, TN yesterday and about 10 feet in to the door an announcement comes over the loud speaker saying they have Wii's available. I am not sure how many they had, but the guy had a large stack of vouchers he was handing out.
post #21 of 610
Thanks to everyone in this thread and site. Walked into Target(boston) at lunch and they had five. Now the fun and frustation begins.
post #22 of 610
ditto with last poster, called all stores around me, including Target, no one has them, checked iTrackr, punched in my ZIP code, it says Wii spotted in local Target an hour ago ( same time I called there ). I figured, I got nothing to loose, go to Target, 4 Wii's sitting on a shelf like there's never been any shortage

no extra Wii'motes though, whole family will have to share for now, let the fun begin

thanks this thread for all info, especially iTrackr, never heard of it before
post #23 of 610
Just got one at my local Target (Framingham MA). They had 18 in yesterday, didn't know how many today, but they did sell out quick (person behind me had the last one).

Itrackr got me a wii and ps3, both at Targets.
post #24 of 610
Well, time to eat crow.

I had to go renew my car's license plates, so I passed by Target on the way. I figured I would never find one if I didn't go inside, so I went in and low-and-behold someone walked past me with one in a bag!

They got 6 in, and there was a guy ahead of me as they were bringing the remaining systems from the back. I was nervous they wouldn't have enough, or employees had claimed them... something would prevent me from getting this thing.

...but I scored! Thanks to all the posters who encouraged me to stop into Target randomly at 1pm!!! Sorry for my posts complaining about availability.

Now to go play Zelda.
post #25 of 610
I got one from target today, itrakr is really good with target inventory. As soon as it said it was available I took a 5 min ride and low and behold they were bringing them out and they were wondering how I knew they had them
post #26 of 610
Walked into my local Best Buy at 11:30 AM to buy a 360 membership card. Walked out with a Wii - they had about 12. Many people were happy. I paid $205 out of pocket, and so far am pleased at the price point.

I bougt a PS3 bundle for $750 a few weeks earlier and was unimpressed and returned it the next day. Nintendo has really made a comeback and are very smart to price this right.

Now availability of component cables and an extra remote is a whole other story...
post #27 of 610
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Originally Posted by DaBigKahuna View Post

Walked into my local Best Buy at 11:30 AM to buy a 360 membership card. Walked out with a Wii - they had about 12. Many people were happy. I paid $205 out of pocket, and so far am pleased at the price point.

I bougt a PS3 bundle for $750 a few weeks earlier and was unimpressed and returned it the next day. Nintendo has really made a comeback and are very smart to price this right.

Now availability of component cables and an extra remote is a whole other story...

I found Wii component cables yesterday at Walmart.
post #28 of 610
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I was at BB, CC, TRU, and Target today, none of which had Wii's in stock. The person at BB said they might get some in on Sunday, which prompts the question, "does BB get shipments on Sunday?" If not, then I can only guess they are just holding stock until Sunday, which is something I cannot understand. Perhaps they want to capitalize on the hype, with people coming in for a Wii and leaving with a bunch of miscellaneous items, but I, for one, am just as impulsive on Thursday as I am on Sunday
post #29 of 610
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Originally Posted by lesterm View Post

I was at BB, CC, TRU, and Target today, none of which had Wii's in stock. The person at BB said they might get some in on Sunday, which prompts the question, "does BB get shipments on Sunday?" If not, then I can only guess they are just holding stock until Sunday, which is something I cannot understand. Perhaps they want to capitalize on the hype, with people coming in for a Wii and leaving with a bunch of miscellaneous items, but I, for one, am just as impulsive on Thursday as I am on Sunday

yes they do, at least they did when I was checking PS3 sales...
post #30 of 610
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yes they do, at least they did when I was checking PS3 sales...

I guess I will be waking up early on Sunday Hopefully I'll be able to take a nap before the New Years' festivities - not likely if I obtain a Wii though
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