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geohiker geohiker 8 years
this does not sound too likely - I imagine it is cheaper to just turn them over faster, which does not seem like it is much of a problem right now!
SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
Probably, but my mom had to call Costco every day to see if they were getting any in so that she could get in line before they opened to get one of the 24 that they had that day...
shortbread71 shortbread71 8 years
I work at Best Buy as well, and I can verify the previous poster's claim. We don't horde them, we hold them for the ad on Sunday so everyone who looks at our flyer has a better chance of getting one. Our shipments have been few and far between, and the only time we know for sure we are going to have them is if there is enough stock company-wide to create an ad. When we get the small shipments via UPS (which are usually very unexpected), they go out immediately on the floor, and of course are snatched up within minutes. Then the word gets out that we have them, and by the time people get to the store, they are gone and then we have angry customers. (Shocker!!) A much bigger problem? Annoying re-sellers who will send their friends and family in when they hear we have the systems in stock to try and get as many as possible to sell on eBay - we limit one per customer so everyone has a better chance of landing one, and these people are very sneaky (using gift cards purchased with their company card, etc.). I wish we could throw those people out, but unfortunately company policy forbids it. So really, a more pressing problem than a company holding items for an ad is the deluge of bottom-feeding resellers (like DealsPointer) who take product away from moms & dads who just want to buy one for the family, and then turn around and jack up the price online.
shortbread71 shortbread71 8 years
I work at Best Buy as well, and I can verify the previous poster's claim. We don't horde them, we hold them for the ad on Sunday so everyone who looks at our flyer has a better chance of getting one. Our shipments have been few and far between, and the only time we know for sure we are going to have them is if there is enough stock company-wide to create an ad. When we get the small shipments via UPS (which are usually very unexpected), they go out immediately on the floor, and of course are snatched up within minutes. Then the word gets out that we have them, and by the time people get to the store, they are gone and then we have angry customers. (Shocker!!) A much bigger problem? Annoying re-sellers who will send their friends and family in when they hear we have the systems in stock to try and get as many as possible to sell on eBay - we limit one per customer so everyone has a better chance of landing one, and these people are very sneaky (using gift cards purchased with their company card, etc.). I wish we could throw those people out, but unfortunately company policy forbids it. So really, a more pressing problem than a company holding items for an ad is the deluge of bottom-feeding resellers (like DealsPointer) who take product away from moms & dads who just want to buy one for the family, and then turn around and jack up the price online.
Missroxylg Missroxylg 8 years
I hate best buy. Always have and frankly, always will. If they are hoarding these wiis for anything other than the alleged " new ads" then they really have something coming. Kind of like a mob of angry parents??
saxprincesslea saxprincesslea 8 years
I worked at best buy until recently in the department that sells videogames/cds/dvds/etc. The only reason they hold them in the warehouse is for an upcoming ad. The ad specifies the minimum quantity that will be in stock and we must have that amount. People just go crazy because the wii is hard to find. I had one woman tell me that I ruined her kid's Christmas because i wouldn't hold a wii for her if one came in. People are ridiculous.
hexentanz hexentanz 8 years
Those cable runners look more tacky themselves running across the walls like that than wires themselves do hanging behind your tv or on the floor. So what if you can paint them they still stick out like sore thumbs.
hexentanz hexentanz 8 years
Those cable runners look more tacky themselves running across the walls like that than wires themselves do hanging behind your tv or on the floor.So what if you can paint them they still stick out like sore thumbs.
rada-rada-rada rada-rada-rada 8 years
I work for best buy & to be honest no matter how they handled this situation people would complain about it. If they sold them as soon as they came in there would be none left for when the ad that is advertising them comes out. People would then yell about false advertising because wii's are in the ad & they don't have any. So they hold them for the ad so that there are more available for when they product is advertised to be available people complain about that too. It's impossible to make everyone happy.
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
stop holding out best buy!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
stop holding out best buy!
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
As soon as I'm done being angry at the cow who beat me to the last Wii at GameStop by 10 seconds. :irk:
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
omg, I will kick Best Buy in the nuts.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
Hmmmmm...everyone I know that is trying to get one for Christmas can't find one anywhere so it's quite possible they are holding back Wiis. You never know!
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