We used some of our MyPoints to get $100 worth of Walmart gift cards (earned for FREE) because I often saw they had Wii bundles in stock online. The gift cards arrived and Friday night I eagerly logged on to order the Wii. But then I discovered that the processing time for the order could be up to 90 days. Now, it could have been a bug in Walmart's system, or it could have been truth - but if I see "estimated shipping date" in October, I run for the hills. Slightly depressed, we decided to not to buy the Wii that evening.
Saturday morning we decided that we would just use some of our saved fun-money to buy the Wii and use the Walmart gift cards for a couple controllers. I went online to do some browing and went to WiiAlerts. I discovered that Toys-R-Us had Wiis available. But by the time I found the one I wanted and double-checked with Janet to get it, they had sold out. Bummer! So I subscribed for the Wii Alerts to come to my email, and that was that.
Monday, while at work, I saw an alert come in my inbox. Toys-R-Us had them on sale again. Janet had given me the go-ahead already to snag one if I saw it come up, and so I did! Just now I received a UPS tracking number showing that both the Wii and Super Smash Brothers Brawl had shipped and will arrive on Thursday! Oh, and to avoid any "signature required" hassles, we opted to have it shipped to Janet's work (which is a small business, and the boss said he didn't mind).
Thursday night we'll have some WIIIIIIIII goodness in our house!!!
But that reminds me... I need to make sure I have the right cables and TV hook-ups available. I may have to do some rearranging.
I'm glad I got this post out, but now I have some work to do. So, toodles!
PS. Lessons learned:
1) Walmart online should either fix their site or not say "in stock" if it will actually take 90 days to process the order.
2) I highly recommend Wii Alerts!
3) Shipping charges are taxed if the items being shipped are also taxed. I never knew that.