eBay Sellers Making Profit From Nintendo Wii…Still

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?


  • December 4, 2008 - 10:13 am | Permalink

    I bought my Wii in July of 2007 in a last-ditch effort to find some sort of console I can play. I have this weird inner-ear issue with most video games since the original PlayStation. I get vertigo and motion sickness from playing anything that moves rapidly in three dimensions (so first person shooters are right out for me, even on the Wii).

    My brother had owned a Wii since launch day, so I borrowed his for a few days to see if I could play it. I was about to leave for a 5 month TDY trip for work several states from home, and needed something to keep me sane for all the days it was just the cat and I in the apartment. The Wii turned out to be the perfect thing, and after searching 5 stores, I found one in a case in a Wal-Mart in the literal middle of nowhere in Tennessee.

    I’ve been hooked ever since. I just can’t play Super Mario Galaxy, the new Zelda, or Quantum of Solace. :(

  • adam
    December 4, 2008 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    I just got around to snagging a wii. Once I’d decided to get one, I had to try 7 or 8 different large stores in the central michigan area to find one.

    At first I tried calling stores, but that didn’t work too well.

    Target was out of stock
    Nobody at various Meijer stores answered the phone in the electronics dept.
    Wal-Mart said they didn’t know if they had any.

    So after running around for a couple hours I found one at a Toys’R’Us. They didn’t have many left though.

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  • December 9, 2008 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

    It is really outrageous what people are charging for Wiis on Ebay.

  • December 12, 2008 - 8:45 am | Permalink

    I say supply and demand. Many of the ebay sellers are still starting their Wii consoles at $1 regular auctions. It is the tight supply that is driving the prices way up. Which leads me to the real question, why is Nintendo STILL not able to bring ample supply for a 3 year old gaming console?!

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