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A Tale of Circuit Cities - Nothing to See Here

Jan. 20th, 2008

07:21 pm - A Tale of Circuit Cities

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It's not so much what Circuit City did, but what they didn't do: They didn't send a circular out in this past week's dead tree spam.

While this would not normally register at all on my metaphorical radar, I was checking the dead tree spam for circulars from Best Buy, Circuit City, Target, Wal*Mart, et alia, as that is the most likely source (perhaps outside the newspaper, which I really ought to have thought of acquiring and perusing, but 20-20 hindsight is only useful in as much as it can help to modify behaviour in the future) of information about shipments of Nintendo Wii consoles.

So, given zero data about which stores might have them and armed only with somewhat vague information that there was finally due to be some sort of perhaps sizeable delivery of said consoles to various stores on Sunday, January 20th, I braved the overly morningish hours to be the early bird and get the annelid of the Nintendoid variety, only to be told by the purveyors of electronics at the local Best Buy that they received no Wiis. O cruel fates!

So I began calling around the other purveyors, and discovered that all the Circuit City stores had had deliveries and were already sold out (they had opened an hour before Best Buy, and while the kind people of Best Buy let me know they had received none in advance of their opening time, Circuit City had then been open for over 20 minutes. 5 minutes is enough to ensure that no store has any stock left.

So, I can't really blame Circuit City, but it was kind of an annoying wasted morning waiting for Best Buy (a super-new store in an only partially open new ... mall (more a gargantuan parking lot surrounded by gargantuan stores) which I thought might be less traveled and thus I might be more likely to be first or close to first in line at) to open and then making fruitless calls to various Circuit City, Gamestop (which it turns out do not receive shipments on weekends, therefore need not be bothered with on a weekend if searching for a Wii as no Wii survives 24 hours on the shelf), Wal*Mart and Target stores.

Current Location: 806
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: "Chiron Beta Prime" - Jonathan Coulton

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From:eeyore_grrl
Date:January 21st, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
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call target in Morgan Hill, CA.

we got one in november they had quite a few. they don't run out because no one goes there.


if you really want i can check on my way home from work on tuesday.
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From:mavjop
Date:January 21st, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Alas, they don't have any. I called earlier today. Thanks for the suggestion, but I was pretty sure no Target stores had any anywhere even vaguely close to here as I had a Target employee look through their inventory on a fairly long list of stores. 0 across the board.
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From:mavjop
Date:January 22nd, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
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Misleading URL!

Can be shipped from Amazon.com within one day? No it can't. Can be ordered with Amazon.com as an intermediary from any number of scumbag scalpers who bought up stock and are now selling them at ... well, the cheapest one is about an 80% mark-up from list.

I don't feel like paying that much for a Wii. I'm prepared to pay up to list price.

Also, even if I had money to burn, I want to keep money out of the hands of the bastard scalpers.

Believe me, I've kept an eye on Amazon.com ... and on other retailers, mostly via http://www.xpbargains.com/wii_locator.php

Edited at 2008-01-22 12:25 am (UTC)
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From:surpheon
Date:January 22nd, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
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I snagged mine (I almost stated that as "I grabbed my Wii," but that just sounds wrong) by faithfully watching costco.com. It took a couple months of once-a-day checks, but it did eventually show up and, of course, you have to buy a costco membership.
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From:mavjop
Date:January 22nd, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
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*chuckles*

Who doesn't have a Costco membership?! Costco rocks the frakking socks off other retailers^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hwholesalers for the majority of things.

I've been watching http://www.xpbargains.com/wii_locator.php, which purports to be getting info from costco.com among a bunch of others.
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From:kethryvis
Date:January 25th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
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Try Fry's... when densaer wanted to buy me one for my birthday, I told him it may not be possible 'cos I know how fast they go. We walked into Fry's in Campbell... and they had like 10 or 12 sitting on the shelf untouched, simply awaiting someone to whisk them away.

I am fascinated that over a year after the initial launch they are still well-nigh impossible to find. It's amazing.
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From:mavjop
Date:January 25th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
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It is pretty impressive that they're still in such amazingly high demand alright, but they are kind of revolutionary in terms of games consoles.

While everybody else is trying to be "revolutionary" by incrementally improving graphics, CPU power, hard disk size, etc., etc., Nintendo did something truly revolutionary by putting out a new console with graphics that are no particular improvement, in a small, simple, relatively cheap package, but with an entirely new and different hardware user interface. Do more polygons make a revolution? Not incremental improvements, anyhow! Not any more! Does a new way of controlling games? Yes.

So, well, while it's surprising that they're still so hard to get, it's not as illogical as it might sound. They've sold more units than PS3 and XBox 360 combined, as I understand it.

I think possibly when Rakesh picked one up for you might have been during one of those short lulls in the demand where they became easier to get for a very brief period.

Luckily, however, I believe I now have a way to get hold of one. :)

Thanks for the suggestion, though!
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