In one of the most blatant money grab moves I have seen, Gamestop is running a one-day Holiday Wii Reservation program. On December 21st, customers can make a payment in full to guarantee a Wii console (limited quantities) to be picked up on January 25th, 2008
. For your troubles and pleasure of giving Gamestop a interest free $250 loan for a month, you get a stylish DVD case with Mario on the cover and labeled "Happy Holidays! Your Wii is on the Way!". Inside is a guarantee slip that explains the process. Call me skeptical, but Gamestop has managed to screw the pooch with pre-orders for all three console launches, and I see no reason to believe they won't oversell and mess this up too.
Dec 18, 2007 07:00
GameStop Announces Holiday Wii Reservation Program
Exclusive One-Day Program Helps Customers This Holiday Season
GRAPEVINE, Texas --(Business Wire)-- Dec. 18, 2007 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.
About GameStop Corp.
Headquartered in Grapevine, TX, GameStop Corp. is the world's largest video game and entertainment software retailer. The company operates over 5,000 retail stores across the United States and in sixteen countries worldwide. The company also operates two e-commerce sites, GameStop.com and EBgames.com, and publishes Game Informer(R) magazine, a leading multi-platform video game publication. GameStop Corp. sells new and used video game software, hardware and accessories for next generation video game systems from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. In addition, the company sells PC entertainment software, related accessories and other merchandise.
General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company's corporate website: http://www.gamestop.com/corporate.