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Sold out Nintendo Wii U preorders going for up to $750 on the grey market

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:38PM EST

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Nintendo’s Wii U isn’t due until November 18th, but that isn’t stopping grey market sellers from capitalizing on the sold out preorders. ArsTechnica did a round-up to see how much the Wii U’s Basic Set and Deluxe Set are going for on channels such as eBay. Their findings indicate that the Basic Set (8GB) is being resold on average for about $348, or 16% more than the $299.99 MSRP. Meanwhile resold preorders for the Deluxe Set (32GB with a copy of NintendoLand) are fetching on average $517 or 48 percent more than the $349.99 MSRP. Some cool cats have even managed to resell Deluxe Set preorders for as high as $749. With high possibilities of Wii U shortages (remember the Wii?), holiday shoppers who didn’t get their preorders in last month really have no choice but to either wait in line on launch day at a retail or buy from a reseller. And some friendly advice: Don’t buy Wii U made for other regions, as the console is region-locked to play software from that specific zone, meaning a Wii U from Japan or Europe won’t work with games region-locked to the U.S.


Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. His writing has appeared on DVICE, Ubergizmo, G4TV, Yahoo News, NBC blogs. You might even have seen his videos on Xbox LIVE.