Wii U price gouging begins, selling for up to $750

Wii U pre-orders have sold out across the board, and that can only mean one thing: let the ridiculous price-gouging begin!

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Would you pay $750 for a Wii U? With launch day consoles selling out at most retailers, it may be the price you'll have to pay to snag Nintendo's next home console. As supply, demand, and eBay have taught us: the inevitable price gouging has begun.

According to Ars Technica, some who have snagged pre-orders for the system are already selling them at ludicrous prices. Some already-resold pre-orders of the Deluxe system have reached more than $500, while the basic is averaging around $350. These actually sell for $349.99 and $299.99, respectively. Amazon resellers, by comparison, are offering the Deluxe models anywhere between $600 and $1,500, and Basic from $440 to $1,000--but it's impossible to tell if people have been purchasing these marked-up systems.

Others are getting even bolder. One reseller got $750, the highest price that we know has sold. The free market is showing a cap on just how much people will pay, though, since one attempting a $1,550 payday failed to get any takers on his "Buy It Now" price.

If you aren't willing to shell out quite that much money for the system, you can hope retail gets another wave of fresh pre-order stock committed to their locations. You might try your luck camping out to secure a place in line too. Or you could teach your kids a valuable lesson in patience.

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    October 8, 2012 11:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Wii U price gouging begins, selling for up to $750.

    Wii U pre-orders have sold out across the board, and that can only mean one thing: let the ridiculous price-gouging begin!

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      October 8, 2012 11:52 AM

      Oh yeah. The recession is hitting real hard.

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      October 8, 2012 12:33 PM

      LOL It's crazy what people will pay. Good work to you sellers out there! For those will to buy a WII U for these prices, I have some pocket lint you can buy for $20. It will help dry eyes once you figure you are an idiot for buying a refurbished WII with a fancy controller. LMAO!

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      October 8, 2012 12:36 PM

      This is why I pre-ordered one the second I saw they were doing that at the first place I saw doing it. I'm not interested in hunting down systems anymore...took me forever to find a 360 way back when (finally got one in January as I remember)...and having one delivered to my house is so much fucking easier.

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      October 8, 2012 12:47 PM

      gathering dust within 6 months

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      October 8, 2012 12:49 PM

      This is me.

      This is me not buying a Wii U.

      /move along

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      October 8, 2012 10:47 PM

      Hell no! I would probably wait for the price going back to $250 or $300. $750 looks very crazy on priced items anywhere.

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      October 8, 2012 11:28 PM

      Nope - I'm not sold on the Wii-U. Personally I'm waiting to see what the next Xbox and PS4 look like.

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      October 9, 2012 8:27 AM

      Stupid people do stupid things. News at 11.

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