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Current Wii U trade-in values – Amazon.com, Best Buy, & GameStop

March 22, 2013

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The Wii U released on November 18, 2012, just over 4 months ago now in the United States. As you may well know, the Wii U system released in two sets: the Deluxe Set with a MSRP of $349.99 and the Basic Set with a MSRP of $299.99.

Sony has already made the official announcement about the PlayStation 4, and while we don’t know a price point on it yet, you can already sign up on Amazon.com and at GameStop stores to be notified when they get more information.

Microsoft is supposed to be revealing information about their next console (Xbox, Durango?) soon,  and we don’t what the price(s) on that new system will be either.

You may own a Wii U and sometimes wonder what the current trade-in value is for it. If you’re thinking about trading in the Wii U now and putting the amount you get from it toward a new system, how much can you currently get for your Wii U system? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look at the current trade-in values for the Wii U Deluxe Set and Wii U Basic Set!

The Brew
First up, the good! Amazon.com is currently offering the highest trade-in value(s) on both the Wii U Deluxe Set and the Wii U Basic Set. If you choose to go with Amazon, the trade-in value is determined by your Wii U’s condition: “Like New”, “Good”, or “Acceptable”. The image below shows the current Amazon.com trade-in value(s) being offered, which you would receive in gift card form.

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As you can see in the image above, the “Like New” condition of the Wii U Basic Set and Wii U Deluxe Set will get you a $173.50 or $222.40, respectively.

Next up, the bad! Best Buy now also does trade-ins on video games and consoles, if you perhaps didn’t know or possibly forgot about it. Like Amazon.com, Best Buy determines your Wii U’s trade-in value based on its condition. Best Buy’s determining conditions are: “Good”, “Fair”, “Poor” and “Not Working”. The image below shows the current Best Buy trade-in value(s) being offered for Wii Us, which also like Amazon, you would receive the trade-in value in gift card form.

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Best Buy’s best trade-in values, the “Good”, will get you $150.00 for the Wii U Basic Set or $175.00 for the Wii U Deluxe Set, as you can see in the image above. While not as high as Amazon.com’s current trade-in values, it is better then the next company’s!

Now, the ugly! GameStop. While GameStop is the only store that offers cash values as well as store credit, they are the lowest trade-in values of the three companies. Here are the current Wii U trade-in values being offered by GameStop:
1) The Wii U Deluxe Set will currently get you $120 store credit, plus there is an additional 30% trade-in bonus at least until this Sunday (March 24th). With the 30% trade-in bonus, you would get a total GameStop store credit of $156.
2) The Wii U Deluxe Set will currently get you $96 in cash value, $60 less than the store credit value, if you prefer cash over store credit.
3) The Wii U Basic Set will currently get you $80 store credit, and with the additional 30% trade-in bonus going on, the total GameStop store credit you would get is $104.
4) The Wii U Basic Set will currently get you $64 in cash value at GameStop, which is $40 less than the score credit.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I think Amazon.com’s trade-in values are the best, or “the good”, simply because it offers the highest trade-in value on both the Wii U Deluxe Set and the Wii U Basic Set right now. This was the case between Amazon.com and GameStop last year, when I reported on 3DS trade-in values before the 3DS XL released.

While I think it’s nice that GameStop does offer a cash value for the system(s), I don’t think that would be the best route to go if you’re wanting cash for it (depending how fast you need it). I would actually suggest looking at selling your Wii U system as “Used” on Amazon.com. Right now, used Wii U Deluxe Sets are starting at just above $280, and Wii U Basic Sets are selling “Used” for right around $260.

So, if you’re debating on trading off your Wii U perhaps to help buy the new PlayStation 4 and/or the next Microsoft console, hopefully this post will give you an idea of which route is the best to go.

Personally, I’m keeping our Wii U, though I am looking forward to learning more about the new consoles from the other consoles as well!

Questions
If you own a Wii U have you thought about trading your system off? If you don’t own a Wii U system yet, have you thought about possibly buying the system used and saving a few dollars?


If you’re thinking about buying a Wii U used, or new, here are a few games you might enjoy:

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GameStop.com "Sold Out" of Wii U Deluxe Set Bundles in less than 48 hours.

September 15, 2012

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GameStop.com is now officially sold out of the Black Wii U Deluxe Set bundle, which has a MSRP of $349.99. The site is still taking pre-orders on the White Wii U Basic Set though, which has a MSRP of $299.99.
It took GameStop.com less than 48 hours to reach their limit of Wii U Deluxe Sets available for pre-order. If you have not pre-ordered a Wii U at your local GameStop store and plan on doing so this weekend, you should probably call the store before heading out if that is the only reason you are going.
If you are looking to pre-order/reserve the Black Wii U Deluxe Set online, you might want to check sites like BestBuy.com and ToysRUs.com.

GameStop Wii U Pre-order Reservations Now Open!

September 13, 2012

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Do you want to skip the lines and not have to hunt for the Wii U when it releases on November 18th? Well, GameStop is now taking reservations for the Wii U system, both the $299.99 and $349.99 Wii U systems.

If you are a PowerUp Rewards member you can reserve a Wii U system for just $25, and if you’re not a GameStop PowerUp Rewards member you can reserve a Wii U system for $50.

You don’t even have to visit a GameStop store to reserve, or pre-order, the new Wii U console, as GameStop.com just opened up their Wii U page and are taking reservations for it directly online.

You can reserve the Wii U system and games from GameStop.comHERE.

Current 3DS Trade-in Values – Amazon.com & GameStop

June 22, 2012

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     Nintendo just held their Nintendo Direct conferences for Japan, North America, and Europe. They announced a new 3DS model, the 3DS XL, and you may be wondering, “Coffee, I already own one of the original 3DS systems. What should I do?”
     Well, if you perhaps really, really, REALLY want the new 3DS XL system, you have a few options.
     Option 1: Keep your old 3DS model, AND buy the new XL model. Not a bad option to have the older 3DS system around for when the inevitable day comes (maybe in another 20 years) that the new 3DS XL system stops working. Or, perhaps when its larger screen will crack, or you drop it because its larger size in general. In any case, you will be prepared with the original 3DS model in standby.
     Option 2: Sell your original 3DS model yourself, perhaps on sites like Ebay, Craigslist, or even Amazon.com. Just make sure the site and your method of selling it on your own is safe.
     Option 3: Trade-in your old 3DS model, and use the trade-in credit to purchase the new 3DS XL model.


     The key is how much can you currently get for the original 3DS model though, and how much trouble do you want to go through. Brew some coffee, and take a look at the current trade-in values for the original 3DS system!

The Brew
     Upon checking Amazon.com’s “used” 3DS selection, it appears used 3DS systems are selling for around $125 right now. I don’t know what percentage Amazon gets of that, but getting over $100 for the original system seems like a pretty good deal.
     What about the easiest, and most likely way, that most 3DS owners would get rid of the original system though? What is the original 3DS system’s current trade-in value? Let’s take a look at the internet’s largest online retailer’s, Amazon.com, trade-in value, and let’s take a look at what Game Stop is currently offering for the 3DS’ trade-in credit.

     So, as the image above shows you, Amazon.com offers different 3DS trade-in values, depending not just on the condition of the system, but also on the color of the 3DS. The Aqua Blue 3DS system currently has the highest trade-in value for average, or “Good”, condition, being $85.00. The Cosmo Black and Flame Red systems will both net you a $74.00 Amazon.com credit.
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     Game Stop is offering $55 as trade-in credit for the original 3DS systems, according to my local store today, but that’s not all! Game Stop is currently running a special trade-in offer, a 25% hardware trade bonus on 3DS systems until July 15th. With the extra 25% trade bonus, Game Stop’s trade-in credit goes from $55 up to $68.75 on original 3DS systems. Make sure to check with your local Game Stop though, to make sure the trade-in credit doesn’t drastically change before July 15th.


Questions
     If you own the original 3DS system, does the new 3DS XL system have you interested, angry, or indifferent?
     If you are interested in the new 3DS XL, and own the original 3DS, do you think you will keep the original system and purchase the XL, or will you trade-in the original 3DS to help pay for the newer model?

GameStop’s – Buy 2 Used, Get 1 Free Sale!

November 24, 2011

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     This is one of GameStop’s occasional video game sales that I wish I could take advantage of.  GameStop stores and GameStop.com are running a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” sale “on all in-stock pre-owned products“. The sale is happening right now, Thanksgiving Day(Happy Thanksgiving!), through this Sunday, November 27.
     The sale includes pre-owned games for the 3DS, DS, PS3, PSP, Wii, and Xbox 360 systems. If you see any games worth grabbing that you think are too great to pass up, leave a comment letting us know(causing me further torture, because I will resist).

     You can browse the online selection of games they are offering, HERE, Buy any 2 pre-owned games get 1 free at GameStop.com!