Walmart Won't Let You And Your Friend Each Buy A Wii Because You're "Together"

Reader Dave said he was shopping with his friend (male) at Walmart, searching for the coveted Nintendo Wii. He was happy to find that Walmart had 7 or 8 of the consoles in stock — enough for both he and his friend to purchase one. Walmart, however, had other ideas. Dave says that Walmart wouldn’t let he and his friend each purchase a Wii because they were “together.” First they’re rationing rice and now men are forced to share their video games? What’s going on in America, folks?

My friend and I went to Walmart (in Exton, PA) on Sunday evening (4/27/08) looking for a Nintendo Wii because neither of us owned the system and have been looking for it for quite some time.

To our surprise, there were around 7-8 Wii’s in stock. The problem? The Walmart employee working in the Electronics department (older man with glasses) refused to sell a Wii to both me and my friend. He would only sell a Wii to one of us because we were shopping “together.” Mind you, we’re not dating or married. Just two guys each looking for a Wii.

He said that because we were in the store together, we could only buy 1. It’s as if we were the same person or something. He told my friend to come back the following day if he wanted one. We argued with him to no end…but he refused to sell my friend a Wii. I never heard of something like that before. It’s not like I was trying to buy 5 Wii’s..we each wanted one. Someone please tell me how Walmart can DENY a customer a product under these circumstances? I can understand if they have a policy stating one Wii per Customer per day. But, we were two separate people trying to each buy a Wii and pay with our own credit cards.

The man was rude to us, and he even had cocky remarks stating that my signature was only somewhat close to matching the signature on the back of my credit card. Mind you, I had to sign my name electronically, which is awkward to begin with.

Dave, that’s just weird. We’d suggest giving Walmart corporate (or even the manager of the store) a heads up about this incident. You seem to have encountered some sort of rogue employee who enjoys bullying people for no good reason.

Are Wiis really still this scarce? Has this sort of thing happened to anyone else?

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  1. sickofthis says:

    Keep in mind there were Wii riots in Haiti recently and that some restaurants are hording Wiis. Wal-Mart is just being careful.

  2. SkokieGuy says:

    Wallmart sucks comments in 3…..2…..1

  3. GenXCub says:

    Right now, the best place to get a Wii is eBay… seriously. What happens (this is seen a lot in toy stores with rare action figures), is that new product never makes it to the shelf because employees know when they’re going out and arrange a buy so it can be put up on eBay for a tidy profit.

    Right now there are tons of legit new Wii console sales on eBay that consistently go for $50 more than the retail price (you cannot buy standard $249 packages on any website).

    This happens a lot at many retailers with other items as well, especially when toy companies “short pack” action figures to make certain ones more rare than others. They’re usually bought with employee discount back in the storage area, and then eBayed… never seeing the shelf at all.

  4. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    A store can refuse service, right?

    So they can do this…just don’t know why the would. Strange.

  5. austinchu says:

    That is the funniest story ever! Rice and Wii, it’s an Asian scarce. What can I say? I guess Walmart’s slogan should be ‘Always Low Rices….and Wiis”

  6. branchclarke says:

    Wow, thats complete crap. You must of felt horrible, being so lucky not only to find a wii, but enough so your friend could get one of his own, only to have to choose which one of you would take their beloved console home.

    **** a bunch of Wal-Mart. I would of caused a raucous scene.

  7. trujunglist says:

    Wiis are still scarce, according to Nintendo.

  8. jamar0303 says:

    Is America still going through a Wii shortage? Here in Shanghai, China they’re everywhere and no one’s running out yet. In fact, I could probably start a little business…

  9. jamar0303 says:

  10. GenXCub says:

    And to add, I asked a clerk at the local Game Crazy about where the best place to get Wii’s (which they would normally sell if they had any), and he said eBay… they hadn’t seen a console on their shelves in months.

  11. ChuckECheese says:

    Just two guys … looking for a Wii.

    This makes me laugh for no particular reason.

  12. AMetamorphosis says:

    You know, I believed this story @ first because, well, Walmart sucks …

    BUT, this : ” The man was rude to us, and he even had cocky remarks stating that my signature was only somewhat close to matching the signature on the back of my credit card. Mind you, I had to sign my name electronically, which is awkward to begin with. “

    leads me to believe this story is totally bogus considering that just the otrher day Consumerist had a big ole’ story about credit card signatures and weather you had to sign the card or not …

    I smell bullshit Consumerist.

  13. bonzombiekitty says:

    @AlteredBeast: They do it probably because they don’t want people coming in and buying multiple consoles just to turn around and sell them on e-bay. I know a lot of stores will only sell a given person one wii, and some people come in with a friend to buy a second one so that both can be sold on e-bay.

  14. GotanOrange says:

    @AMetamorphosis: Is my sarcasm meter off?

  15. Dobernala says:

    so come in later to buy your wii. problem solved.

    then once you have safely purchased and secured the second wii, go find the guy who denied your initial sale and tell him you got one anyway

  16. GotanOrange says:

    @bonzombiekitty: If walmart says ‘one per person’, and not ‘one per family or household’, how the hell can anyone defend this?

  17. Mrs. Stephen Fry says:

    @AMetamorphosis:
    I do not understand your logic?

  18. johnva says:

    This is kind of like how some grocery stores sometimes won’t sell you alcohol if someone underage is with you at the time. At least in that case they are getting pressure from retarded laws, but it’s still just as stupid. Who are they to presume that I’m going to give alcohol to a friend that’s under 21? The cops in the town I went to college actually arrested a bunch of students for buying alcohol and then merely putting it in a car with other students who were underage, claiming this constituted “intent to distribute to minors”. Luckily I think everyone who got a lawyer got the charges thrown out.

    This case is even more stupid.

  19. bonzombiekitty says:

    @GotanOrange: Because like it or not, they can deny service for whatever reason they want (provided it falls within state & federal laws regarding discrimination).

  20. hi says:

    @ChuckECheese: lol .. oh there’s a reason.

    and… the obligatory “stop shopping at walmart!!!!1 OmG!” I added the 1 to be ub3r c00l.

  21. Gorky says:

    How would you like it if YOU wanted to buy a Wii and the jackass in front of you just bought all 8 that they had to sell them on Ebay. Most retailers are doing this exact same thing to give more people a chance to buy one at retail price. You may be surprised how many times 2 guys walk into a store and both buy one with no intentions of keeping them.

  22. ReverseCarpetbagging says:

    If you’re in NY, head over to the Nintendo Store on West 48th. They get them in “all day and every day” as the guy behind the counter described it. I had ordered a bundle online, but was able to cancel it, buy a Wii, avoid ridiculous shipping costs, and avoid being forced to buy a game that I don’t really want. They did take my Driver’s License info, which may be a way of speeding up the death of the grey market.

  23. johnva says:

    @bonzombiekitty: The point is not whether or not they have the legal right to do this. Of course they do, just like they have the legal right to do all kinds of annoying, anti-consumer things. The point is that it’s absolutely terrible customer service.

  24. chemmy says:

    Why should WalMart care. Really….

    WalMart stocks the merchandise to sell. I can understand not allowing one person to buy more than one.. I guess. But isn’t WalMart there to sell this crap? So why do they care who they sell it to?

  25. loganmo says:

    Not that there’s anything wrong with it…

  26. leastcmplicated says:

    wiialerts.com is how I got my wii… before Christmas… got a txt message, logged on to my email, followed the link… took me directly to the source (in this case, Amazon.com), added to cart, purchased and voila! brand new wii (the coveted $250 price) in less than 2 weeks from when my search began! shipped in 3 days… and everyone said i would never get a wii in time for xmas…

  27. dualityshift says:

    @Gorky:
    Except the retailer does not dictate what you can do with your purchase once you’ve paid for it. In theory, you could buy the Wii, then smash it in front of the store. They have no business trying to discern what your intentions are with your purchase.

  28. parabola101 says:

    Yes. It happened to me at the Apple store in King of Prussia PA. My husband & brother-in-law wanted to purchase 2 Macbook pros — one for each of them. The sales person denied the sale to both because when they asked what would they do with their old macs, the reply was to either sell it or give it to another family member. Somehow, the sales person thought this meant that they were RESELLERS. I guess TWO laptops to two individual qualifies one to be a “reseller.” Stunned… we asked to see the manager, but were denied. The sales person told us that the Store Manager (she) agreed with him. So we were SOL. We ended up having to drive to a different store which was more interested in taking our money…

  29. smirky says:

    @Gorky: They weren’t trying to buy all of them; just 1 each. It’s not anyone else’s business what they intend to do with their purchase.

    Has “1 per person” become too lenient now?

  30. smirky says:

    “I’m sorry but your second cousin’s friend just bought one of these at a different store. We can’t sell this to you. Have a nice day and thank you for shopping at WalMart. Bye-bye.”

  31. opsomath says:

    wait…so after the guy ringing you up was an ass, you still bought one?

  32. madrigal says:

    Sign up for wiialerts. They email you whenever stores have them instock online. I got mine in about 2 weeks.

  33. EyeHeartPie says:

    @opsomath:
    Of course…it’s still a Wii. And notice how the OP took the one Wii they were allowed and let his “friend” come back later to get another one.

    A couple of months ago, when all the major electronics retailers got huge shipments of Wiis (~50-100 per store) on the same day, me and a friend went and bought one each from the store, and they had no problem selling us each one, even though the sign next to the pile of Wiis with the employee handing them out said “One per customer”.

  34. bonzombiekitty says:

    @chemmy: Because they please more customers overall if they can provide requested goods to more people than just a handful of people.

    Lets you have 100 widgets for sale. Widgets are in very very high demand and limited supply. One person comes in and buys all 100 of them to sell them on e-bay for an inflated price. Sure you made the same amount of money on those 100 widgets as if you’d sold them to 100 different people. But by not selling to 100 separate people, you’re missing out on secondary sales (whether it be things like warranties, accessories for the widget, or just other stuff in the store). You’ve also decreased the chance that people will come to your store for their widget needs in the future. Not to mention that the inflated price the third party would buy the widget for decreases the amount of money available to buy other things for the widget.

    For a product in high demand, it makes sense to try and ensure that you are not selling to people who are going to just turn around and sell it to a third party at an inflated price.

  35. Juggernaut says:

    I’m pretty sure that there’s a law against selling multiple Wii’s to gay couples… not that these guys are gay or anything (or that there’s anything wrong with that) but maybe the older guy had those special glasses that could tell if you might be gay.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Wow, there are far too many things in this story to laugh about.

  37. tande says:

    @Gorky: We all know “why” the guy at wal-mart “thought” he was doing right but that doesn’t make it right or even estabilished store policy.

    You’re right they could of taken it and sold it on eBay or like in this case one could of taken it to one house, the other could of taken it to another (thats how I got my wii. Mom and Dad got one each, one for me, one for my brother, neither ended up on eBay).

    This is one of those thing where the OP really only had his shot at getting things made right at the store. Even if he were to contact corporate now its not like they’re going to magically make a wii appear for him. I would of done what some one else suggested and just dealt with another associate, probably a manager.

  38. Gorky says:

    @dualityshift:

    Yes they have no say what you can do with it after you purchase but if there is some clown who comes in pisses off your other customers because they bought all the Wiis the last 4 times they came in and you start losing OTHER customers it is definitely in their best interest to limit sales to one per person.

  39. FreeMarketGravy says:

    Not these guys were trying to, but I always hated it when people tried to circumvent the “One (x) Per Customer” rule by pulling the “well, this is my friend” routine.

  40. johnva says:

    @bonzombiekitty: Even if they have good reason to not sell multiple Wii’s to the same customer, they had no valid evidence that that was what was going on here. They were just assuming it was based on the very tenuous idea that they must be colluding just because they were together and both wanted to buy one at the same time.

  41. Gorky says:

    @smirky:

    Often times when a group of people come in all looking for a Wii they are looking to each get one to sell on Ebay and sometimes ONE person is paying for all of them but just needs his buddies to each pay for one to get around the limit. Now these 2 may have not been doing this but its common enough that it hurts honest people. Its just like everything else. Some people abuse a system and it ruins it for everyone. Same reason return policies suck at most stores now.

  42. bonzombiekitty says:

    @johnva: May be tenuous, but it’s not exactly an unfounded possibility. In a business’s view, they’re better off denying the second sale. If they weren’t going to turn around and sell it on E-bay, then no big deal, there’s plenty of other people who are willing to buy it. If they were, then they’re missing out on other possible sales.

    It’s not perfect but you can look at rough probabilities to make such a judgement. Does it suck for the people that get screwed over? Yep. But I’d first put blame on the people that cause these sorts of policies to be put in place.

  43. johnva says:

    @Gorky: Yes, it’s possible that that is occurring. I just don’t think stores should be trying to divine their customers’ motives before selling them something. I can see having a one per customer policy. I don’t think it makes sense for them to try to guess what a group of people buying them plan to do with them, based on no evidence whatsoever. Same reason I have a problem with the stores assuming you plan to share alcohol with your underage friend just because he or she is with you at the time you bought it. My brother is much younger than me, and I’ve been hassled just because I bought some beer along with a bunch of other groceries when he was tagging along. Luckily they usually drop that if you argue.

  44. Dobernala says:

    @Gorky: 2 people is hardly a “group”.

  45. johnva says:

    @bonzombiekitty: “Rough probabilities” are not a good enough reason, in my view. Should we all be subject to probabilistic computer algorithms whenever we buy something? For example, should the cash register deny me an alcohol sale because they think I’m “probably” an alcoholic based on how often I buy it? What I’m getting at is that this stuff has no logical end.

    I also think you’re overestimating what Wal-Mart potentially loses by not denying the sale, and underestimating the value of what they lose by pissing off a customer like this.

  46. FLEB says:

    @chemmy: Why should WalMart care. Really….

    If they’re pretty much guaranteed to sell out of the Wiis no matter how they play it, being stingy and eliminating potential “resellers” is a better tactic– they will end up with more happy customers speaking well of WalMart, as well as a better rate of “actual shoppers” buying other store items on the side.

  47. samurailynn says:

    He should have just stood in that section after buying the Wii and then claimed that every person who came over to buy one was shopping with him. Then the old man would have been forced to allow no one else to purchase a Wii.

  48. smoothtom says:

    Would it make me sound like a sour old fart if I bitched about the sprawl of Exton, bitched about Wal-Mart, and bitched about our society going down the toilet to such an extent that people are up in arms about a little gadget called a Wii? ‘Cuz I feel like bitching about it. Oh, and I’m in my 20s, so I’m not an old fart.

  49. Scuba Steve says:

    @Gorky: 1 Jacks buying 8 would make me mad.

    8 Jacks buying 1 each wouldn’t.

    so yeah

  50. RokMartian says:

    @AMetamorphosis: Huh? The way they position the electronic signature device (or whatever it is called), DOES make it awkward to sign. I usually sign it as “Bite Me” or something like that, because usually the clerk doesn’t bother to match up the signature.

    This particular clerk the OP was dealing with was an assclown (no suprise there). I see no reason not to believe it.

  51. ChuckECheese says:

    @FreeMarketGravy: Really. Because everybody knows that gamers don’t have any friends. For that reason alone, the OP’s story is a clear fabrication.
    @smoothtom: Get off my lawn!

  52. Dave on bass says:

    This happened to my girlfriend and I in November at a Wal-Mart. They had several in stock and we each wanted to buy one – one for her and her daughter, and one for myself (to give as a christmas present – I’ve had one for a year now personally). Yes, we were/are dating, but we even showed them our drivers’ licenses to prove we had two different “households” – but no dice.

    That’s just stupid policy I guess – one per household and purchaser makes sense to prevent hoarding, but even when we proved otherwise they wouldn’t budge.

  53. howie_in_az says:

    Once you get your Wii, get Mario Kart, because holyjesus that game is awesome. Super Smash Brothers Brawl is also a good one, and Metroid was amazing as well.

    I got mine on Black Friday last year after some kid forgot about sales tax. I felt bad until the kid followed me out of the mall, saying “I’ll buy that from you!” I had to tell him that he still couldn’t cover sales tax, and I’d be out money selling it to him.

  54. crabbyman6 says:

    Heh, this is the Wal-Mart I shop at. They are awful and I can totally believe this story as most of the staff is clueless if you can even find them at their station. There’s only one useful person in the electronics department and apparently she wasn’t on at this time.

  55. johnva says:

    @RokMartian: Yep, I usually just scribble a line on the electronic signature pads. They are totally pointless and should just be abolished. Thankfully the grocery I go to most often now doesn’t make you sign for any purchase under $50.

  56. thirdbase says:

    They don’t care about sending all our manufacturing jobs to China. They don’t care about fair wages. They don’t care to provide decent insurance to the employees. But they care about selling two Wii’s to two different people. Call the logic police.

  57. sp00nix says:

    @parabola101: KOP store is a bunch of dingbats.

  58. smirky says:

    @Gorky:
    What do you think the Wii to peson ratio should be? There was no sane reason to refuse them the sale. They did not make up a mob of people trying to hoard a product. There were 8 in stock and they were trying to buy only 1 each.

    If I’m in line waiting for the clerk’s attention and I begin a nice conversation with the girl behind me, should she be denied a sale because we appear to know each other?

  59. aviationwiz says:

    I was in Target once and surprised to see that they had Wii’s, and was with a friend of mine at the time. I wanted one, so I bought one, but then asked him if I should get another one to sell on eBay, and we figured why not. The clerk sold them both to me on my card because my friend was there too. Two people, two total Wii’s, now that’s how this WalMart should have done it. As it turns out, I ended up returning the 2nd Wii anyways as they weren’t really going for much on eBay.

  60. highmodulus says:

    Wii + Walmart = wacky adventures!

    Hopefully supply will get close to demand by this summer, but with Mario Cart out, I wouldn’t count on it.

    BTW- Wii Star Wars Trilogy is quite fun.

  61. camille_javal says:

    @FLEB: they will end up with more happy customers speaking well of WalMart

    see, this is where any logic in your comment goes out the window…

    @smoothtom: I’m with you.

  62. maalox says:

    Costco had two Wii’s…I bought them both. No comment from the checkout girl.

  63. Gokuhouse says:

    I don’t have any problem finding Wiis anymore…..I’m in central Iowa, maybe people here just don’t play many video games…

  64. Snullbug says:

    Wal-Mart is an asshole farm. Case closed

  65. FLConsumer says:

    @jamar0303: Figure out how to ship those to the USA and you’ve got quite a profitable business. In general, you’re not going to find a Wii in any store in FL. If you do it’s a complete fluke and you’re best off buying it and reselling it.

    I hear they’re easier to find in other parts of the country.

    I’m still curious as to why there’s a still a shortage. 2 years and still a rice..er, Wii shortage? At this point Nintendo has to be losing quite a few sales to people who would impulse-buy one. I almost didn’t buy one because I couldn’t find them back when they first came out.

  66. ExecutorElassus says:

    Me’d like to know whom wrote this summary, and ask she kindly if her could check up on the difference between objective and subjective case before her posts stories.
    /grammarjackass
    These rationing stories just make me think more and more that we’re approaching some kind of consumer apocalypse. I’m waiting for the stories about ice cream riots at Wal*Mart.

  67. monkeyboy13 says:

    I just got a Wii, and it is awesome. I got mine at gamestop and the guy said that they were expecting a more steady supply of them now that most of the production issues have been resolved.

  68. smirky says:

    @Snullbug:

    +1

  69. nadmonk says:

    Sure, most guys will play with their Wii’s on front of each other…it just isn’t something they usually talk about, and it can be awkward. I think it’s safe to say that these two gentlement want to be able to play with their own Wii’s in private.

  70. MT says:

    I have to chuckle when I read something like this. I was the first one out of the store I went to at midnight launch and I’m constantly hearing coworkers and friends complain about not being able to find one. I think I’ll have to go play some Mario Kart Wii after work.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m sorry you guys can’t find one and it’s unfair of Walmart and all that jazz. I’m just glad I have mine.

  71. pep2233 says:

    That’s crap. I used to work at Target, and as much as we would know people were buying them to sell…we couldn’t do anything about it.
    You guys sound pretty legit, but if 2 middle aged guys came in buying Wiis for themselves, I might have been a little leery, but would NOT have denied your friend to buy one!

    That’s just absurd.

  72. Angryrider says:

    Sounds like Walmart thinks that when two men are together, it means they’re —. Sue em!

  73. ludwigk says:

    @parabola101: What the hell is up with that store? I hear nothing but horror stories. 2 people buying laptops = good sale. What you do with your older macs = none of their business. What a strange fantasy world they live in.

    I bought my Wii on launch day at Target. My girlfriend was with me and also had one reserved from when we camped out for preorders. There were no issues with getting us the Wiis, even though we were obviously together.

    The only issue was that they oversold the “Tickle Me Elmo” TMX ed. dolls which we had also purchased. We had to return for it later, and got a $10 gift card for our trouble. But it was worth it because her nieces love the crazy red monster.

  74. ludwigk says:

    @ludwigk: Why did I say Target? It was Toys R Us. o.O but whatever.

  75. Okaasan says:

    @austinchu: Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaaha! That was great!

  76. Buran says:

    @Gorky: They were limiting to one every TWO people.

  77. El Nino2783 says:

    Comment on Walmart Won’t Let You And Your Friend Each Buy A Wii Because You’re “Together” I’m pretty sure this is a case by case basis. I’ve been to Walmart 2
    times and bought a total of 4 wii’s from them, each time with another
    person. This first time I went I bought one and my brother bought one
    for us to keep indidvidually in Syracuse, NY. The second time I bought
    one as a present for a friend getting married, and my girlfriend
    bought one for her parents on Christmas in Lynnwood, WA.

    I’m guessing it’s all YMMV, and you just happened to pick the wrong store.

  78. Mozoltov, motherfucker says:

    I went to walmart for the first time Saturday. Man, talk about White Trash heaven.

  79. TonyTriple says:

    Look on the bright side: Wal-mart can now perform gay marriages.

    So all you gay folks out there should pretend you’re there to get a Wii and you’ll get the hitched instead for free!

  80. guroth says:

    Are Wiis really that hard to get still? it has been almost 2 years!

    *goes back to playing mario kart wii online*

  81. psycoking says:

    Quite a large number of Wiis were on hand for the Mario Kart launch. A clerk at the Toys R Us in Burbank said they started out with four dozen that day, and still had two dozen on hand when I picked mine up (4pm). When I went to Best Buy later that day (7pm) they still had 7 or 8 behind the counter. I have never seen a Wii inside of an actual store, so I was surprised to see so many on hand. Hopefully these guys were able to pick up another Wii somewhere else.

  82. Concerned_Citizen says:

    @Gorky: Yes, but those wanting to buy multiple wiis for ebay make sure that their buddy is not associated with them while in the store. So this policy is meaningless and only hurts honest people who didn’t realize they have to pretend to be a stranger to their friend in order for both to purchase a console. Walmart is basically rewarding those who sell on ebay, because those people will research these incidents and act accordingly to ensure they can purchase the consoles.

  83. cccdude says:

    Everyone I know that *wanted* a Wii has got one. How do you get one? Get up early on Sunday morning and see which stores have them advertised in the Sunday paper. Check Target, Toys R Us or Best Buy. If they have the Wii as a featured item, odds are they got a shipment in earlier that will go on sale as soon as the store opens Sunday. Be at the store when it opens and odds are you’ll find you magic console (Make sure you pick up “Wii Mario Kart” and “Wii Play” with it!)

  84. DeltaPurser says:

    Given I’m reluctant to side with the consumer sometimes, I have to give these guys this one… That’s a bunch of hog wash! Sounds to me like this guy made up his own little rule. Maybe after he gets fired he’ll start working as a bagger at the local supermarket… Then he can take it upon himself to decide how many bags to allow someone. Crackpot!

  85. Maybebaby says:

    I had the same thing happen to my friend and I at Toys ‘R Us during the holiday season. The clerk refused to sell me one because my friend who was with me had just bought one. She also used the “but you are together” line. Weird…

  86. kyle4 says:

    That’s weird. They might have thought he was buying the second Wii for his friend to auction off on ebay or something but there’s no point to it at all. Here you can only sell one per person. If the person has a friend, by all means sell the damn unit. I don’t get it. If one person buys them all you still make profit. Business is business.

  87. civicmon says:

    Wow, I totally forgot they had one in Exton.

    Could ask for the store manager (or call) since their tel# is right near the main customer service/return desk. Should at least be able to get the in-charge manager on the line if the store head is gone.

  88. Norcross says:

    That’s craptastic. However, there should be more Wii’s coming to the US soon. Long story short, Nintendo was selling more of them in other countries, because the profit margin in the US is lower due to the declining dollar. As they reach a saturation point in Europe and Asia, they’ll come here by default.

  89. LVP says:

    I bought a Wii last week at Wal-Mart. I looked in the Wii cabinet to only see Gamecubes. I asked the employee if they had a Wii, they had one and it was in the Playstation cabinet for some reason.

    After reading about return nightmares where the units serial number did not match what was on the box and boxes being stuffed with bricks I made sure to open it in front of the employee after paying for it to make sure there was a Wii in there and that the serial numbers matched.

    Now I can’t get it to connect to the internet, it finds the wifi spot but does not connect, tells me I need to confirm the SSID. But the SSID is correct! I have a 2wire 1000hw DSL modem, any clue?

  90. Ilovemygeek says:

    We saw like 8 of them at our local Super Target last night. We’ve had one since Jan 07 so we didn’t grab one.

  91. Umisaurus says:

    When I was working at Wal-Mart, policy stated that purchases were limited to one per customer. The sales associate was just being a jerk, that’s all.

  92. Jaysyn was banned for: http://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:

    Yeah, the Super Wal-Mart here has them, they just don’t put them out on the floor, you have to ask for them.

  93. jook says:

    @SkokieGuy:
    Why is it that these comments always come up so quickly in any walmart/comcast/American Airlines/etc post, and then most of the comments below are, if not insightful, at least more than “Company X sucks?”
    It seems to me that you’re trying to make some statement about the quality of comments from others, but the result is that you only server to lower the tone yourself.
    Is it really necessary to post these content-less comments?

  94. mexifelio says:

    He forgot to mention that they were holding hands as they walked around the store…