Would you buy this used Wii U?

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#1 nosferatu
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 There's a guy on my local Craigslist selling a 32gb Wii U for $200 (originally said $250, but said if I grab it today or tomorrow he'd let it go for $200). He says it works perfectly (I would of course try to make sure it read a disk though I only have Wii disks and he stated he's already traded in all his Wii U games, turned on, etc). He states that there are no manuals (no biggie), no registration stuff (bummer to lose the eShop 10% bonus and Club coins, but not huge) and no Nintendo Land (traded it in). Oddly he said it never came with any stands, but perhaps he doesn't know what I mean. Then there's always the risk of it being a Craigslist deal....

Lastly, I'm wishy-washy on picking up the console in general as there really isn't anything I want on it at the moment, but I figured I could always stack some VC stuff on it and there will eventually be stuff I'm interested in and I doubt I'll be able to pick up an equivalent to the deluxe bundle for anywhere near that cheap any time soon.  

My suspicion is that we won't see a Wii U price drop at E3 even though it desperately needs one. Gamestop just extended its trade in promotion for the Wii towards a Wii U until past the E3 date which I don't suspect they'd do if they though both items would have a further decrease in their value.

 

So ultimately, $150 off retail for no Nintendo Land (honestly, probably wouldn't have gotten much play time anyway), no packaging or new purchase Club Nintendo bonus, a used console and the potential that comes with buying from a non-returnable source (though I would make an effort to minimize that risk and, as a whole, Nintendo consoles tend to be fairly reliable) and a thrown in copy of House of the Dead 2&3 (I assume the Wii version?). I guess there is always the potential he has bought some VC stuff that could be lingering on it too, I didn't ask, but it doesn't seem that way.

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#2 TxTech1923
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Honestly, I'd jump on that, pending a good inspection and test run. That's a pretty sweet pricepoint, cheap enough that you could wait out the game drought and not feel you wasted money on it.
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#3 DaBrainz
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sounds stolen to me.
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#4 idill23
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sounds stolen to me. DaBrainz
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#5 TxTech1923
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sounds stolen to me. DaBrainz
Not really.. most people don't keep that crap. Odds are the guy sold his games to gamestop or something and they didn't offer enough for the console so he tried to sell it on its own. I've done it, know plenty of people who've done it :P
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#6 TwistedShade
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[QUOTE="DaBrainz"]sounds stolen to me. TxTech1923
Not really.. most people don't keep that crap. Odds are the guy sold his games to gamestop or something and they didn't offer enough for the console so he tried to sell it on its own. I've done it, know plenty of people who've done it :P

I don't think you could find anywhere to trade in the *Stands* and stuff. Not to mention the manuals and console registration, Sounds very fishy.

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#7 TxTech1923
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[QUOTE="TxTech1923"][QUOTE="DaBrainz"]sounds stolen to me. TwistedShade

Not really.. most people don't keep that crap. Odds are the guy sold his games to gamestop or something and they didn't offer enough for the console so he tried to sell it on its own. I've done it, know plenty of people who've done it :P

I don't think you could find anywhere to trade in the *Stands* and stuff. Not to mention the manuals and console registration, Sounds very fishy.

Most people aren't hardcore gaming collectors, I don't know anyone in person that actually keeps the console box/manual/papers. If this guy was a super gamer I'd say yeah it sounds weird, but average joe generally doesn't even think about that stuff..
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#8 nini200
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I got my PS3 for $125 from craigslist. Honestly, if it comes with the cables and Gamepad, and it's tested to work, I'd jump on that.
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#9 Sphensen
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screw that, just wait to see what new SKUs Nintendo will release and see if a price cut comes this fall

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#10 rawsavon
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At this point, I would not pay $100 for a WiiU as there is not one game I want for the system. ...now talk to me when/if Fire Emblem and Zelda get released, and I would pay $300+ for the system On topic, not a fan of used systems. It is always worth it (at least to me) to buy them new...unless there is some ridiculous deal
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#11 Abagnam
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This is strange... dont buy it
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#12 nosferatu
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Thanks..... I decided not to get it. My inner impulse buyer was feeding that desire and I need to learn to control him better (he wins WAY too often). 

 

I, too, prefer to buy a system new unless there is a crazy deal and that's actually the reason I was asking. I'll just wait unti the price of a new one inevitably drops to a reasonable amount for what is offered on the system. I expect there to be a price cut and perhaps a new bundle post-E3 anyway.

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#13 Rod90
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I would never EVER buy a used console. Used games of course, but never a used console.
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#14 bonesawisready5
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Yea GameStop is only giving $120 for the 32GB ATM, $80 for 8GB

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#15 jer_1
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Sounds a bit fishy to me, but the price is decent. Main issue is the U still has crap for games, you're going to be wishing you saved that cash for something else soon after.

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#16 k2theswiss
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depending how far you away. go check it out. take a disc with you even if you need be a used game to test it. Anyways if you think it's too fishy. say screw it...
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#17 k2theswiss
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Yea GameStop is only giving $120 for the 32GB ATM, $80 for 8GB

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ouch lol
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#18 mariokart64fan
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lol at 200 dollars id get it , 

there is already some nice games available , resident evil lego city nfs mw u , zombi u nsmbu walking dead ,   sniper elite 2 ,   so what if some of these are on 360 ps3,   they are good titles, theres enough on vc as well,  theres also 2  zeldas coming , new yoshi game, wiiparty 2 ,   so many new upcoming exclusives that at 200 , thats a steal  ,  

you can wait and pay 350 if you want 

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#19 mariokart64fan
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Yea GameStop is only giving $120 for the 32GB ATM, $80 for 8GB

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thats why i dont trade my games to gamestop , they rip people off , 

the values are sooo low, i remember being offer 25 bucks for at the time a near new ps2 i paid 300 for, only 2 months prior i wanted to trade it because i wanted a slim, once they offered me 25 i was like sorry no im keeping it   theres no way would i trade at gamestop after that point ,