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The way things stand now, the Nintendo Wii just might be the hottest gadget gift this holiday season. Quite a few of our friends have been desperately seeking a Wii for their loved ones. Futile visits to the stores, tracking auctions on eBay and even pleading […]

The way things stand now, the Nintendo Wii just might be the hottest gadget gift this holiday season. Quite a few of our friends have been desperately seeking a Wii for their loved ones. Futile visits to the stores, tracking auctions on eBay and even pleading with us to use our media contacts.

The mad scramble for the Wii reminds us of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Jingle All The Way. Thanks to a tip from Tony Conrad, a harried father himself this Christmas season, Jason McMaster over on GigaGamez found out that there is hectic bartering going on – Wii for PS3 and cash. Craigslist is now littered with such deals, especially in San Francisco.

While Jason thinks the hectic bartering doesn’t bode too well for the PS3, I think, for now, that we should just classify it as pre-Christmas Wii-madness.

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  1. John Kirriemuir Saturday, December 23, 2006

    I have Wii. Excellent machine; my favourite console in 30 years of playing video games. Review of two of the game discs here, and other ramblings on the greatness of the Wii, on my blog here:

    http://silversprite.wordpress.com/2006/12/23/nintendo-wii-first-impressions/

  2. Everyone seems to get a little crazy around the holiday. Every year have a hot gift and this year it’s definitely the Wii…

  3. As if the Wii/PS3 trading wasn’t bad enough, now we have people soliciting sex acts complete w/ pornographic pictures via Craigslist. Ah the wonders of the internet.

  4. Have a nice holiday season, Om and team.

    Hope you’re taking some well-deserved time off.

  5. Not surprised at all. If I had lost all my fingers waiting in line for the PS3 what with all the gang fights and being frost bitten I would definitely want a Wii. At least it has wrist straps.

  6. Wii’s are definitely hard to come by. I’ve been trying to look for one for a while now. I did find a sweet little Wii finder. You can read about it here.

    http://www.crazyfilesandthings.com/2006/12/23/looking-for-a-wii-find-them-on-a-map/

    I haven’t been able to get one because my area has always been updated when I need to get to work, but I’ve been using the Ebay section to try to pick one up.

  7. Update from Canada:

    Wii sold out everywhere. Can still get PS3s. 279$ vs. 659$ (CDN$). The PS3 comes with no game. Wii comes with five (well, one real game). The Wii has Zelda. The PS3 has games that appeal exclusively to the FHM/Maxim demographic: Madden 07, some kind of army game, etc.

    Not too hard to figure out what’s happening here..

  8. I got my wii just in time for gift giving. Got it through nintendofinder.com.

  9. Woah, is Wii really so scarce now? I got mine last month @ Costco. I was returning something and just asked the lady about next shipments for Wii, and she said ‘I have one, just for you!’. Someone ahead of me, just returned a un-opened one, and I grabbed it.
    Once I put it in my cart, people were behind me and asking ‘WHERE DID YOU GET THAT!’

    Lucky me :)

  10. I have a Wii. The Playstation 3 is 100$ over twice the price of the Wii. The Wii has incredible motion sensoring so it puts you in the game. The Wii has internet access(so does Ps3). The Wii has Zelda. You can send E-mails to PCs, Cell phones, or other wii users. You can put in SD cards to download pictures, and you can also make the images cooler and edit them. The Ps3 is only a small upgrade of the Ps2.

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