Remember when the Wii came out? What were those things going for on the grey market, like $US700 or something? Actually, yeah — Fahey did this analysis after the 2006 holidays and found the price, for a pre-order listing on eBay, spiked at $US707, almost three times its MSRP. (That’s not counting this jackhole, trying to sell one plus a PS3 for six grand. God, those were dumb days.)
Well, anyway, as preorders are now being taken for its successor, Wii U, and retailers are one-by-one selling out the deluxe-o model, speculators are already on eBay trying to recapture that magic from six years ago. This guy’s offering his preorder for $US900, which is only two-and-a-half times the MSRP of $US349. You won’t get it day of release, of course, because he’s got to pick it up and mail it to you all the way from Alabama. But hey, since he listed it at $US900, it qualifies for 18 months financing with Bill Me Later, so there’s that.