Over the weekend, the Sears website had an interesting price glitch — Wii U and 3DS bundles, typically $US300 and $US200, respectively, were instead selling for $US60 each.
It was clearly a mistake, and Sears was quick to correct it. But before they could, crafty gamers all across the United States went to all sorts of stores — Sears included — in hopes of price-matching the deal and saving ridiculous amounts of cash on a brand new Nintendo system.
This weekend's adventure was first brought to my attention by Kotaku reader princessfielder, who wrote:
Funny (hilarious actually) story: I work at Sears part-time on weekends, and yesterday we had a dude come in and ask us to price match that Mario Wii U bundle for $US59.99. I just laughed and was like "Sure, buddy." He proceeds to pull out his phone, show us the sears.com page for that Wii U bundle, and it says $US59.99, no "online only" pricing or anything. After about 40 minutes of waiting, our manager finally declined the sale after finding a price alert in our system. This was going on all over.
It wasn't just Sears though. Some people — who documented their adventures on Reddit and elsewhere — took the deal to big box stores like Best Buy and Walmart in hopes of getting a price match. Some stores told gamers that this deal was clearly an error, and that it couldnt' be accommodated.
Here's a photo from Redditor waterpologuy, who went to Toys'r'Us yesterday:
Another Redditor, vaosu, convinced Walmart to price-match the deal too:
And a third Redditor, Barbasolbabe, said they snagged three, which sure will make for a nice profit:
Sadly, Sears has corrected the mistake, so the chances of getting anyone to match this deal now are pretty slim. The rest of us will just have to seethe in jealousy.