Wii U January Sales in U.S. May be Higher Than NPD Figures, Thanks To Resellers

NPD refused to comment on this, as it's not something that retailers would be keen to advertise, but another source of Gamasutra's has suggested that various retailers have found that for every 100 Wii U systems sold in January, between 40-50 have then been returned, in many cases possibly by failed resellers.

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Godmars2902148d ago

So, someone's trying to use the used games market to say, "Hey! we aren't doing THAT bad!"

don't know whether to laugh or facepalm.

PopRocks3592148d ago

That's not what they said at all. Here's a bit straight from the article.

"The figure reported by the NPD Group, the sources' story went on, included perhaps 100,000 units sold to consumers — and 40,000 or more units returned to stores. The net, then, would yield the 57,000 units reported by the NPD Group."

They didn't exclude used game sales, they excluded units that were sold and sent back, possibly from people who were hoping to resell the Wii U at a higher price than normal to earn a profit.

mandf2147d ago

Not much difference. It still shows the demand for the WiiU is low.

BitbyDeath2147d ago

"possibly from people who were hoping to resell the Wii U at a higher price than normal to earn a profit."

The Wii U is easily available though, more likely it is Xmas returns cause they just don't want it.

That happens with a lot of Xmas gifts.

SilentNegotiator2147d ago (Edited 2147d ago )

I highly doubt that they factored returned products and it's certainly not a positive thing to have had 40% of them returned.

Another horrible, backwards logic article from a Nintendo fansite downplaying Wii U's diving decline.

darthv722147d ago

but the wii-u isnt an xmas sweater that doesnt fit. Its a game system. who in their right mind would want to return a game system?

As for 3rd party sales, that is how i got my wii-u basic. I bought it brand new off someone for $230. He was asking $250 at the time but I know this guy and he wanted over $300 back around xmas.

When he knew he wasnt going to resell it for more...he couldnt return it to the store as it was passed the return time frame so he had to sell it at a loss.

But it was a win for me.

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Theyellowflash302147d ago (Edited 2147d ago )


So, someone's trying to use the used games market to say, "Hey! we aren't doing THAT bad!"

- READING COMPREHENSION - This is something your lacking.

Theyellowflash302147d ago

Never said you didn't know how to spell.... lol

Godmars2902147d ago

You still messed up when trying to accuse someone else of not understanding something.

Just like I said people are reselling their consoles to others, people who were looking for a quick price-gouging buck from those despite for a WiiU with no takers, and this article superimposing those possible numbers on "official" public results.

Theyellowflash302147d ago

I just used the incorrect 'your' because i'm typing on my phone. I don't have time to proof read my messages on N4g. Nor do I call out people who use incorrect grammar to try to make my point. Just as long as what they said was understandable, I'm not going to go all English Internet teacher on them.

deafdani2146d ago

Whoah, calm down. I was just correcting a spelling error, and did so in what I thought was a kind way (hence the ^_^).

Nothing more, nothing less. Jesus.

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R_aVe_N2147d ago

It really doesn't change the fact that there are not many Wii U systems in homes.

disturbing_flame2147d ago

And can we do that with other consoles to explain that they sell more or is it just for the Wii U in particular ?

sashimi2147d ago

It's a WiiU exclusive!

josephayal2147d ago

Next year the Wii-U will be dominating

SolidDuck2147d ago

With a new playstation and most likely a new Xbox. The wii u will be doing anything but dominating next year. Unless they really come out swinging with first party support they might be in even worse shape. But the 3ds is so strong Nintendo will be fine. I expect the wii u to be more like the GameCube, a good system with some great games but not strong sales wise. I expect playstation to bounce back strong this gen.

Root2147d ago

If only Del Boy was real....he'd manage to sell more Wii U's :D

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