All the retailers know that Wii systems will sell like hotcakes. There are 700-1000 in the chicago area. I have looked into their inventory in the computer at one of the stores and was excited that I was going to buy one by taking a cab to the closest one. Before doing that, I called them and they told me that they are not available for sale until Sunday. After further prodding, complaining and threatening to never shop there again, they blamed it on nintendo saying that they signed a contract to only release them after their flyer comes out on Thurs and that they would be available on Sunday. Either
A. They are lying and will be releasing them on Black Friday for which I will be so pissed, I will seriously consider making it on of my life's missions to never shop there again and dissuade everyone I know from doing so or
B. They will be releasing them on Sunday as they say and I will still be so pissed about the fact that a store is telling me that I can only buy something when they see fit that I will do the same thing anyway. Their one chance to avoid this was to sell me a Wii and they blew it.
For you skeptics who wonder about the reason for this, they know there is a temporary shortage of Wii's and they need to sell their playstation 2's and xboxes that are all stacked neatly on the floor. Still some of it doesn't make sense and I am going to make this known to enough people that they will lose business and I won't be buying one of their overpriced TVs as I was considering doing. I will buy it from costco who at least said up front - "We don't have the systems available in the store and will only have them online."
Best Buy and all their management and executives can go @#$$ themselves as far as I am concerned and I recommend buying the Wii's from someone else. I have called there over 30 times (gotten through to someone about 6 times) and everyone there is either clueless or told to act that way and I don't know which is worse.