Nintendo’s Wii U may not be due until November 18th, but that is not stopping grey market sellers from capitalizing on the sold out pre-orders. 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 show that the Basic Set (8GB) is being resold on average for about $348 - 16% more than the $299.99 MSRP. Meanwhile, resold pre-orders for the Deluxe Set (32GB with a copy of NintendoLand) are fetching an average of $517 or 48 percent more than the $349.99 MSRP. Some people have even managed to resell Deluxe Set pre-orders for as high as $749.
With high possibilities of Wii U shortages, it looks like holiday shoppers who didn’t get their pre-orders in last month will have to either wait in line on launch day, or buy from a re-seller. And, in case you were planning on buying a Wii U made for other regions… DON’T. 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.