Nintendo’s “rain checks” look to hardly make a splash.
Given the extent to which consumer demand has made the Wii so hard to find, one would think that any help – especially that from the console manufacturer itself – would be welcome. However, as details are slowly revealed regarding the recently announced “rain checks,” it would seem the measure is far from the godsend that many people had thought. Though you can indeed reserve one of the oh-so-popular systems for pick-up sometime in January (by putting up the full price of the system up front, I might add), it was today revealed that this was a one-day event to be held on December 21st, a limitation that could affect your chances of nabbing one of the orders. For more information on the reservation plan, be sure to check out the official press release below:
GRAPEVINE, Texas--(Business Wire)--GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), the world's largest video game and entertainment software retailer, announced today an exclusive, one-day reservation program to assist customers wishing to give the highly sought-after Wii this holiday season. Only on Friday, December 21, 2007, customers can reserve a Wii console for pick-up by January 25, 2008. Reservations must be made in-person at any GameStop or EB Games location in the U.S., including those in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
While many store locations will have Wii in stock for immediate purchase during the holiday season, quantities are limited. As such, GameStop is offering this exclusive reservation program to provide peace of mind to shoppers that may not be able to locate a system in time for the holidays.
A limited number of reservations will be available at each store and only one reservation can be made per household.
The reservation process requires payment in full at $249.99 plus tax, to guarantee delivery in January. Customers will receive a custom-designed DVD case emblazoned with a Wii and the iconic Mario character wishing a “Happy Holidays! Your Wii is on the Way!” Inside the DVD case is a guarantee slip that provides gift-giver guidelines and an explanation of the gift receipt.
When the reserved Wii console arrives, the gift-giver will receive a telephone call indicating that their system is available for pick-up. Consoles must be picked up at the store location where the reservation was placed.
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