Nintendo Wii U sold out in US; eBay prices start around $300

It's not exactly a shock to hear that the launch of the Nintendo Wii U game console in the US has started out with mass sellouts. The console officially went on sale Sunday and retail stores reported lines outside their doors as people waited to get their hands on the latest console from the Japanese company.

Forbes reports that auctions of the Wii U have already started on the eBay website, with over 2,500 listings for the console available for bid. However, our own quick check of eBay for the Wii U showed that you could get some consoles for their normal price. One listing showed, as of this writing, the 8 GB version selling for just $299.99, the regular price of the console.

Nintendo has yet to comment on how many Wii U consoles were actually available for sale on Sunday. The company also released a large software update for the console at the same time as the US launch, which added some new features to the console. One of them was support for Netflix. In a post on the Netflix blog, the company revealed the features of its new Wii U port, which includes viewing Netflix videos on both the main TV screen and the Wii U GamePad touch screen.

The Wii U is currently scheduled to ship in Europe on November 30th and will make its debut in Nintendo's native Japan on December 8th.

Source: Forbes.com | Image via eBay

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I don't know how anyone is making money on them right now on ebay... with ebay charging 9% of the final value and paypal charging 2.9% if you sell your system for $300 you are at a major loss sell a basic system for $400 you are already out about $47 for ebay fees and what ever you paid for shipping it to you or sales tax before you even listed it on the system to get it...

Gungel said,
There is a lot of idiots that bid on them. Just go end check it out, some of the offerings are already up to $500.

I've been watching the basic white ones and none of them went past $400 and a few sold for $300 which is a loss for anyone at that point...

Those days of selling a new console on eBay with a 10000% profit is gone. Everyone will do that now and console gaming is not as big as it was in the mid 2000s.

ACTIONpack said,
Those days of selling a new console on eBay with a 10000% profit is gone. Everyone will do that now and console gaming is not as big as it was in the mid 2000s.

the days of profiting on anything on ebay are gone with their current fee schedule......

Just stopped at Mejier's to get some stuff for Thanksgiving and walked by the electronics department and their shelf was packed with Wii U's. Certainly not sold out.

Bestbuy where I lived had 1 basic set left this Sunday in fact. Holding out for deluxe unit to be widely available again. Doesn't bother me if that's past Christmas.

i wait for a better version, seriously download a 5GB day 1 firmware update its insane....

i remember when people complain about dashboard updates or psn updates those are less than 500 mb mostly 200mb.

eilegz said,
i wait for a better version, seriously download a 5GB day 1 firmware update its insane....

i remember when people complain about dashboard updates or psn updates those are less than 500 mb mostly 200mb.

The update can't be 5GB because the whole OS takes up only 4GB of space.
It was confirmed to be 1.5GB.

the420kid said,
what happens when everyone finds out Nintendo doesn't have an online network? hahahha

It does. It's called the Nintendo Network.

There are about 10 in stock on display at the local Wal-Mart here. More in the back probably. No one so much as even glanced at them.

TheLegendOfMart said,
Ebay should ban the sales of new items for a couple of weeks when they are released, give shops time to get more in stock, scalpers are scum.

Not much for capitalism are ya?

Plenty here in town, my friend walked in and bought 2 more to sell today after his first 2, purchased Sunday are already profitable on their 3 & 5 day bids.

Alladaskill17 said,

Not much for capitalism are ya?

Plenty here in town, my friend walked in and bought 2 more to sell today after his first 2, purchased Sunday are already profitable on their 3 & 5 day bids.


I hope he gets scammed.

TheLegendOfMart said,
Ebay should ban the sales of new items for a couple of weeks when they are released, give shops time to get more in stock, scalpers are scum.

Yeah thanks... I'll take free market here...

GS:mac

TheLegendOfMart said,
Ebay should ban the sales of new items for a couple of weeks when they are released, give shops time to get more in stock, scalpers are scum.

If people are willing to pay stupid prices on EBay let them. Anyone who really wanted the console badly enough would have pre ordered it months ago.

Personally wouldn't do it myself as eBay take such a big cut from your sale, however were in hard times. If someone can make money by buying and selling so be it. Its not like were all starving and there selling rice at stupid prices.

TheLegendOfMart said,

I hope he gets scammed.

So let me get this straight...
You are for capitalism when large companies are making money and not paying taxes, but when an individual does it you hope his whole house crashes around him? Makes perfect sense that...

n_K said,

So let me get this straight...
You are for capitalism when large companies are making money and not paying taxes, but when an individual does it you hope his whole house crashes around him? Makes perfect sense that...

Shops are selling it at RRP, they didnt buy loads of stock from Nintendo and are trying to sell them at inflated prices.