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TravisRB69
12-11-2007, 08:09 AM
Guess what? WE DON'T HAVE ANY MORE NINTENDO WIIS. There has been a shortage going on literally for MONTHS now, and it is 15 days before Christmas. Asking again WILL NOT WORK. Consulting a manager WILL NOT WORK. Asking the manager once more WILL NOT WORK. Bitching and moaning WILL NOT WORK. Going home and coming back in half an hour WILL NOT WORK. Calling us and asking us on the phone WILL NOT WORK. Claiming that you HEARD FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE that we were getting 15 Wiis this week WILL NOT WORK because it DID NOT HAPPEN. Having me write your name and number down to give to the office to see if maybe we can special order one WILL NOT WORK.

Any Wiis we get will be immediately set aside for those who had the foresight to get off the couch, come in and get a rain check, and then STFU and WAIT like good little boys and girls. No, you are not the center of the universe. Neither are your precious little children. I'm sorry to break your heart. No, we are no longer giving out rain checks for any more Wiis because frankly, we don't know if corporate will send us enough Wiis to cover the rain checks we already HAVE, let alone any new ones added to the bottom of the bible-thick pile.

Yes, it is just absolutely ABSURD and HOW DARE we not have any Wiis in stock. What you fail to realize is the fact that you had the entire summer to get a Wii, at which time we literally had FIFTY of them piled up at the office most of the time, along with a nifty sign on EVERY door and EVERY checkstand stating that "Wii've got em!" Instead of getting one THEN, you're opting to come asking for one NOW.

I am sooooooooooo glad I have this next day off. I would have strangled the next customer that came in saying "Uuuuuuuh hey do you guys have any Wiis?"

A nice big bonus F.U. to the brain dead kid on the other end of the phone the other day that, immediately after hearing me say (and I QUOTE) "None of us know when or IF we will be getting in any regular XBox 360s during the holiday. All we have are the cheaper XBox 360 Arcades. It all depends on what Corporate sends us, and they haven't sent us any for quite a while," decided to ask "So do you know if you'll be getting any in?" RIGHT AFTER I JUST GOT FINISHED CLEARLY SAYING NO!!! Step away from the crack pipe son, or I will be forced to contact the authorities. Move away from the bowl of lead-based paint chips, please. I beg of you. No really, I insist.

Gerrinson
12-11-2007, 02:17 PM
I've posted this a couple times elsewhere, but when I was up in Canada, the shelves were fully stocked with Wiis and there was no rush at all for anyone to get them. I called ahead to see if they could hold one and they acted like I was an idiot. Apparently, everyone in New Brunswick who wants one, has it. The next time someone calls about a Wii, tell them they have to go to Canada to get it. :D

poofy_puff
12-11-2007, 03:52 PM
This happened to me when I worked at Child World during the Great PoGo-Ball Shortage of 1986. I was training at the mall register, whose job it was to answer the phone, and it rang every few minutes and nine out of ten calls were "Ya got 'ny POGO BALLS?!?!" I started answering the phone "Thanks for calling CW, we are all out of PoGo Balls" and people would just hang up on me. Management told me to stop doing that. Why??? It does the caller a favor, helps them save their breath for the next call. They took me off the mall register and eventually put me on the Service Desk.

Mongo Skruddgemire
12-11-2007, 04:03 PM
This is the one time I can't blame Nintendo for not having the Wii. They recently ramped up their production numbers from 1 million units to 1.8 million units per month. Last week they sold 350,000 units.

In one week they sold more units than Macroshaft sells XBoxes in a month.

The problem is that while the Wii is not as graphically impressive as the PS3 or 360, Nintendo developed a platform that promotes game play. As a result not only are they getting the typical gamers (who are getting pissed off at the overheating PS3 and the Red Ring of Death on the 360), but they are getting people who never would have thought of getting a gaming platform. Someone bought a Wii for a local nursing home and they had to buy three more and ration everyone's time on them.

The Wii is getting these people up and active again. People who can't fish can electronically. I've even seen an elderly bowling league with the embroidered jackets with a bowling ball knocking over Wii controllers instead of pins.

Hell even my mother in law spent three days of getting up at the triple-buttcrack of dawn to get one for her grand children and another 5 days to get one for herself.

In the summer, sales traditionally for the console systems. This gives the companies a chance to stock up on units for the holiday rush. The Wii didn't get their summer break in demand and so Nintendo isn't doing this to drive up demand...the reverse is true.

The demand is naturally so high that the poor people at Nintendo just can't keep up.

Now if the rest of the world would learn what I've learned the clerks at the stores wouldn't be in dire need of those fabulous white "hug myself" jackets.

M

marty
12-11-2007, 05:08 PM
Because the Wiis didn't target hardcore gamers. They target everyone else. They sell more than the 360 because the 360 DOES target hardcore gamers, and, well, there's just not as many of us as there are people wanting Wiis. I can't stand the Wii because I'm lazy (I can get my excersize elsewhere), I play a console to bum around and sit on my ass and enjoy the story. But then there's everyone else. That, and the 360 came out earlier than the Wii, so everyone who has one pretty much does. I personally think the games out for the 360 are much better than those for the Wii (Halo 3, Bioshock, Assassin's Creed, Gears) but then again I'm into first person shooters. And this is all coming from a hardcore gamer.

PS3 is NEVER going to keep up with either of the other two consoles. At this rate, they're not spending enough time on the games that will 'make' their system, they're trying to rush things out too much to keep up. Sony's really messed themselves up, they even removed the chip that makes the system backwards compatible to the PS2. And they'll burn your house down, ya know.

I told one woman the other day, "Yeah, we sell out of our Wiis within 30 minutes of getting them into our store." Whereupon she replied, "THAT'S JUST RIDICULOUS DON'T YOU GUYS KNOW ABOUT SUPPLY AND DEMAND?!" ....sigh.

GingerBiscuit
12-11-2007, 05:13 PM
Why this happens every year, I don't understand. Every year, a toy or game or, in this case (and a few others) games console is pimped all year, and it's pretty obvious it will be 'toy of christmas'. So why don't people learn in advance and buy it in september or october, when it becomes obvious it will be the must have? Why do the wait till two weeks before the date?

Swordsman422
12-11-2007, 05:49 PM
They do that because they assume that production will be able to keep up with demand.

This reminds me of the Lionel Polar Express disaster a few years ago, when the movie came out and every child needed one. Unfortunately enough, Lionel had been foolish enough to steal a competitor's design and got caught. They were sued and the competitor, MTH (who makes better stuff anyway) won. The amount of the lawsuit effectively bankrupted Lionel and put them in recievership. Add to that the fact that their main factory for producing the Polar Express sets burned to the ground that September and took 80% of the already-produced sets with it, and you get a company that was completely unprepared to meet holiday demand.

The sheer number of angry customers we had to deal with that year... I think it reached into the four-digits before Christmas came. We had to turn away special orders and tell people there wouldn not be any more until January, which actually meant April after all was said and done.

aurelemsrealm
12-11-2007, 05:55 PM
Why this happens every year, I don't understand. Every year, a toy or game or, in this case (and a few others) games console is pimped all year, and it's pretty obvious it will be 'toy of christmas'. So why don't people learn in advance and buy it in september or october, when it becomes obvious it will be the must have? Why do the wait till two weeks before the date?

As we all know, people don't think more than a couple of minutes ahead, as a general rule. I've come to view the world of consumers much like a bowl full of goldfish, only less fun to watch. At least goldfish are entertaining to watch, and help reduce the stress level. The average consumer is aimlessly wandering around searching for the next trend because that's what everyone else seems to want. Otherwise, the average consumer is focused on instant gratification of its whims and wants.

TryNotToBeThatOne
12-11-2007, 06:29 PM
My bf finally got the wish lists for his nephews & niece (on threat of 'no wishie, no gettee'). One item just made him laugh. "It's 2 weeks before Christmas & he expects me to find him a copy of Assassin's Creed? Looks like he'll be getting a t-shirt." Now, my bf probably will look, but he'll be surprised if he actually finds it.

protege
12-11-2007, 07:03 PM
I told one woman the other day, "Yeah, we sell out of our Wiis within 30 minutes of getting them into our store." Whereupon she replied, "THAT'S JUST RIDICULOUS DON'T YOU GUYS KNOW ABOUT SUPPLY AND DEMAND?!" ....sigh.


...apparently *she* doesn't know about supply and demand :rolleyes:

But, I can see how it's annoying. Some years ago, I wanted to get a BMW Z8 model like the one in the Bond flick for my brother. However, I couldn't find one locally--of the 4 hobby shops I went to, nobody had them. I found one online, bought it, and got hit with the shipping charges. Imagine my annoyance, that as soon as the package came, nearly *every* local shop had them :cry:

Irving Patrick Freleigh
12-11-2007, 07:45 PM
I've even seen an elderly bowling league with the embroidered jackets with a bowling ball knocking over Wii controllers instead of pins.

That almost made me :cry:

The thing that ticks me off most regarding Wiis is that whenever we get people calling about them, the service desk always transfers the calls over to electronics, which is always slammed this time of year. This despite the fact that the Wiis are kept in the cash office next to the service desk, so they would know anyway if we had Wiis in stock or not.

Shironu-Akaineko
12-12-2007, 03:56 AM
I've even seen an elderly bowling league with the embroidered jackets with a bowling ball knocking over Wii controllers instead of pins.

Anybody wants to tell them the shiny blue coaster that came with the system actually goes in the system and they can play Wii Bowling in there? :lol:

ArenaBoy
12-12-2007, 06:36 AM
I've given up on Wii searching till January. No point and I don't have any time to travel up to Canada (have I mentioned that it rocks living 30 minutes away from there?) but next week I might give it a shot.

LadyAndreca
12-12-2007, 09:14 AM
Why this happens every year, I don't understand. Every year, a toy or game or, in this case (and a few others) games console is pimped all year, and it's pretty obvious it will be 'toy of christmas'. So why don't people learn in advance and buy it in september or october, when it becomes obvious it will be the must have? Why do the wait till two weeks before the date?

I can think of one logical reason: return policies. Most places only return things 30 days after purchase, with the big retailers going for 90 days. So to be able to return something like that if it's defective or whatnot they HAVE to buy it close to the holiday.

I can think of a much more common reason, though. Simple laziness.

Canarr
12-12-2007, 09:32 AM
http://archive.gamespy.com/comics/dorktower/archive.asp?nextform=viewcomic&id=1309

BookstoreEscapee
12-12-2007, 12:41 PM
it is 15 days before Christmas

Not to get off track here but this is the part that really caught my attention...:cry:

Someone bought a Wii for a local nursing home and they had to buy three more and ration everyone's time on them.

That's so cool :D

Mongo Skruddgemire
12-12-2007, 01:09 PM
That almost made me :cry:

Anybody wants to tell them the shiny blue coaster that came with the system actually goes in the system and they can play Wii Bowling in there? :lol:

Why would that make anyone cry? These are a bunch of Arthritic people who can no longer throw a 10 pound+ ball but still miss the fun of hanging around with their friends. If you can't bowl in Real Life, at least with the Wii you still can league bowling night and still have the fun.

Considering that most times you see the sad state of life in the nursing homes, anything that gets them active and interacting with people is a good thing since keeping active is the key to a longer and more quality life.

M

Dreamstalker
12-12-2007, 02:20 PM
That almost made me :cry:

I was :eek: for a second, until the lightbulb went on and I read that as being the logo for the league.

I( think it's great that Nintendo picked up an unexpected demographic with this one.

princess4life
12-12-2007, 03:34 PM
I've given up on Wii searching till January. No point and I don't have any time to travel up to Canada (have I mentioned that it rocks living 30 minutes away from there?) but next week I might give it a shot.

I have given up until at least January.

My brother inlaw works for Shopko, they got 13 Wii's in so they gave out tickets to the first 13 people in line. The only problem is they didn't specify only one Wii per customer. The fist customer in line with a ticket bought 10 of the Wii consoles. When one of the other customers with a ticket got mad and said it wasn't fair the first customer offered to sell one to her for $1000. Crazy, I bet you can find those Wii's on ebay now.

Irving Patrick Freleigh
12-12-2007, 05:47 PM
Why would that make anyone cry? These are a bunch of Arthritic people who can no longer throw a 10 pound+ ball but still miss the fun of hanging around with their friends. If you can't bowl in Real Life, at least with the Wii you still can league bowling night and still have the fun.

Considering that most times you see the sad state of life in the nursing homes, anything that gets them active and interacting with people is a good thing since keeping active is the key to a longer and more quality life.

M

I meant :cry: as in heartwarming.

Hobgoblin
12-12-2007, 07:26 PM
"It's 2 weeks before Christmas & he expects me to find him a copy of Assassin's Creed?"

Oh, we've got that. We have something like 20+ copies in my store. We sell maybe one a day. Not a problem finding that anywhere I don't think.

But the Wii? People are retarded for starting to look now. You want one for little Sparky? One word, four letters: Ebay. Also, way too much. I've looked at and priced the bundles. Yes, you are getting ripped off. No, we won't have one for you. Our waiting list has 100 names on it already. We aren't going to be able to get all of those people one until after Christmas. Or after February.

And why do people call asking for Wii's at 9 pm-ish? If something sells out in hours or minutes, why would they think that I'd have one still in the store five minutes before I close?

PhotoChick
12-12-2007, 08:56 PM
Actually by sheer coincidence I was at wal-mart.com this morning. They had the wii bundle in stock.

Bright_Star
12-13-2007, 12:46 AM
Tell em that if they want a Playstation 3 that there are PLENTY to go around....lol.

Jack7957
12-22-2007, 02:26 PM
I went last Sunday to Best Buy and got one. Got there about 6:30, they were advertising at least 21 would be there, and I was #21 in line. A few more people showed up before they handed out tickets at 7:30. Turns out the store got about 50, so everyone in line got a ticket, without needing to wait overnight in line. From what I've heard online, pretty much every Best Buy had plenty. Now I see alot of those on Craigs List going for anywhere from $300 to $500, but no one is buying.

marty
12-22-2007, 03:46 PM
My store started pre-orders on the Wiis yesterday (you can probably guess where I work from that, if you haven't already), and there were only three people standing in line to do it. I'll add in that Wiis are extremely hard to get a hold of in my area, and that before yesterday, we'd get at least fifty calls a day asking when we'd have them in. We ended up taking only 6 of our allocated 18 reserves by the time I left at three. And we had gotten no phone calls asking about Wiis. WHERE THE HELL DID ALL THOSE PEOPLE GO?!

It's like the moment we have them to reserve, EVERYONE who wanted one from us..vanished. WTF?!

Eddie The 'Ead
12-22-2007, 04:18 PM
I was lucky enough to have a friend find some at Target over the summer and bought me one. Before that, EVERY store I called was out. Every. Single. One. And this was during the summer. Do people honestly think they'll be able to find one this close to Christmas??

Jetfire
12-23-2007, 03:21 PM
For the record, as far as I can tell, Western New Brunswick is sold out of Wii's. Or at least Fredericton and Woodstock are all Wii-less now, and have been for awhile.

earl colby pottinger
12-23-2007, 10:03 PM
I have given up until at least January.

My brother inlaw works for Shopko, they got 13 Wii's in so they gave out tickets to the first 13 people in line. The only problem is they didn't specify only one Wii per customer. The fist customer in line with a ticket bought 10 of the Wii consoles. When one of the other customers with a ticket got mad and said it wasn't fair the first customer offered to sell one to her for $1000. Crazy, I bet you can find those Wii's on ebay now.

That is the problem. Here is the solution (don't you wish):
http://archive.gamespy.com/comics/dorktower/archive.asp?nextform=viewcomic&id=1310

TwoScoopsSciath
12-23-2007, 10:33 PM
My fiance was on an out-of-town job this spring and stopped into Wal-mart for supplies. He found a Wii and brought it home and we almost had to fight to take it with us when we moved.

Irving Patrick Freleigh
12-23-2007, 11:12 PM
Wanna know what our hot, must-have item currently is?

The book by Deanna Favre, Brett's wife, "Don't Bet Against Me"

We got over 700 copies and are currently sold out. We're number 2 in the company for selling that particular book. We've been sold out for days, people ask if we have it, and when we tell them we're out they get all pissy.

Oh well, at least I bought copies for all those people on my gift list who wanted it.