Paging all Wii Owners


I no longer hate you. I have now purchased one.

By the way, I write this as it may be of interest to those of you who have been looking for one and can’t find one.

I signed up for a tracking account at iTrakr. The site text messages you when shipment of Wii’s arrive at a Wal-Mart, Gamestop, Circuit City, Best Buy, Target, or other electronics store.

I signed up in December and have only gotten a text message twice and both times was not in a position to go get a Wii. Within hours, usually, I would receive a second message that the Wii’s were sold out.

Yesterday at 8:11 a.m. I received a text message that the Wal-Mart on Gray Highway had Wii’s in stock. I hopped in the car immediately and drove the ten minutes over there and there were no Wii’s to be found.

I went to the back of the store and there were no Wii’s. So I went up to the lady at the register and said, “Ma’am, this may be your weird question of the day, but I signed up for a service that tells me when y’all get Wii’s in and it just text messaged me 10 minutes ago and said y’all had some in.”

She said, “We don’t even get our truck in till 11 o’clock. Let me call back there and see if they know anything.”

She picked up the phone, chatted for a minute, and said, “What’s this service you got?”

I told her and she said, “The truck got in about 15 minutes ago and they hadn’t even taken the Wii’s out yet to put ’em in inventory. There’s a whole flat of ’em.”

Very, very impressive.

And I have me a Wii.

The moral of the story is that if you are one of the million or so people in the United States who reportedly want a Wii and cannot find one, use iTrakr. Now I must buy Guitar Hero.

About the author

Erick Erickson


  • You really are the epitome of this godforsaken country – make sure you sit long and hard zoning on your “Wii Wii” – you really are sick.

  • Dear Uncle Erick
    Does this mean that when I visit you this summer, hopefully, that I will Get to play Guitar Hero which is now my favorite video game since I went to UT Martin with my Honor Band?!?!?!?!????

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