Nintendo, GameStop Create Wii Raincheck Program

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To fight the ever-persistent Wii supply problems, Nintendo of America and mega-retailer GameStop have instituted a raincheck program to help customers acquire the much sought-after system.

Under the program, GameStop customers who pay for the system in full between December 20 and 21 will, supply permitting, receive a voucher that can be redeemed for the console in January. Traditionally, GameStop only allows customers to pre-order unreleased products.

Despite retailers selling nearly a million Wii in November, the system is still incredibly hard to come by. Over a year after launch, potential owners will still line up overnight outside retailers for their chance to buy one--a practice that is usually only seen when a system is first released.

From The Chatty
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    December 14, 2007 8:39 AM

    My local Wal-Mart got 17 of them in 4 days ago, and there were still plenty on the shelves as of yesterday. I've gotta say that this shortage puzzles me a bit.

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      December 14, 2007 8:39 AM

      Where are you at?

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      December 14, 2007 8:42 AM

      Dito, i c them constantly in the stores here in the UK

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      December 14, 2007 8:48 AM

      yes its always YMMV(your mileage may vary)

      but most of the time it will always be more popular in the U.S than it is elsewhere.

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      December 14, 2007 9:31 AM

      I have, to this day, never seen a single Wii on any store shelves in Calgary, Alberta. I heard them announce that a shipment had a arrived over the store intercom while I was in Walmart, but that's it. They sold out immediately, and that was probably three months ago. Still nothing. I'm glad I camped out on launch, I love the system.

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      December 14, 2007 9:44 AM

      I drove to north of Little Rock, AR this week on business, from east Texas. I called 32 Walmarts on the way up, and two days later on the way back down.

      Not a single fucking one at any of them.

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      December 14, 2007 10:09 AM

      Prior to Thanks Giving week, I saw people walk out of Walmart with a Wii. It was common.

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      December 14, 2007 11:52 AM

      I live in a small town and I never see them in stock at local places. My friend's wife works at Best Buy, so I was able to snag one that way.

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      December 14, 2007 2:09 PM

      My wife was in Wal-Mart one day when they got in 9 or 10 in a shipment. A woman tried to buy 2 and was told the policy was one per customer. The woman huffed off saying saying she would go find someone to buy the second one for her, not buying the one first. She got back with her friend to buy two of them just as a man with an uncontrollable grin walked past her prominently displaying his purchase- the last Wii of the shipment.

      So they are flying off the shelves. Go to an online retailer and try to find one. No one has them. If your local store has 17, buy them all and eBay them for $1000 each.

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