When one ventures over to eBay, they’re generally looking for a means of saving money. If it’s finding a used CD player that might be cheaper than in store , then sometimes it’s worth it. eBay, since the launch of the Nintendo Wii has turned into the place to earn a few (hundred) extra bucks. All you have to do is create an auction for your console, then watch the bidding go through the roof.
Taking a look at some of the auctions that have minutes to go, I’m left puzzled by how much money people are giving up for a Nintendo Wii. According to Reggie Fils-Aime (a.k.a Nintendo’s Ass Kicker), production of Nintendo Wiis would be increased by 33% to meet the console’s third holiday demand. I worked at Best Buy during the first year of the Nintendo Wii, and I was shocked at just how fast consoles would fly off the shelves. I’d say it took nearly 7-8 months before our first Nintendo Wii shipment lasted through the day. Which is unheard of for any electronics product.
I no longer work in retail, but I just can’t imagine with a 33% production increase that the Nintendo Wii is ‘that’ hard to find. Of course I’m outside looking in, as I’ve had my Nintendo Wii since launch. So, I really haven’t been looking to see how the Nintendo Wii stock is holding up.
I’m not quite sure if it’s engrained in people’s minds that they won’t be able to find the console at regular price. Or if they just don’t want to put up with the hassle of trying to find one? I guess some don’t mind spending an extra $100.
So, in light of the eBay power selling of Nintendo Wiis let me hear your Nintendo Wii purchase stories. How long have you had yours? How much did you spend on the console when you bought it? With the prices the way they’re going on eBay have you been tempted to sell it?