In about mid-May, I decided to buy Wii Fit for my wife for her birthday. She had indicated that she wanted to be pretty aggressive in trying to lose her baby weight and from what I had read about it, Wii Fit seemed like a good way to kick start and keep track of weight loss progress, so it seemed like a good, um, fit. However, I knew it would be tough to find. I thought about going out to try to find it on launch day (May 21st), but that was my daughter’s birthday and we had a whole day of activities planned. The following day it was sold out everywhere. Furthermore, the more I read about it online, the more it became clear that it wouldn’t be easy to find. I had looked on Walmart.com and used their inventory reports to see availability at brick and mortar stores and while they sometimes reported that they had units in stock, when I called, they inevitably told me that they had just sold their last unit. Plus, the nearest Walmart is not very near, so this wasn’t a great solution.
On Monday, I decided to step up my game. I did some more digging online and I found the following two sites: WiiTracker.com and WiiAlerts.com. These two sites have scripts that trawl all the main retailers and can report their inventory status nearly in real time. WiiAlerts allows you to enter your cellphone number so that when a product is in stock, you can get a text message telling you so. It paid off for me this morning. I got a message shortly after I got up telling me that Circuit City had Wii Fit in stock. I quickly ordered it and about half an hour ago, I got a shipping confirmation from them. So, if you’re interested in getting Wii Fit without having to pay extra on sites like eBay or Craigslist, check out the two sites above. They worked for me! (Queue cheesy smile and thumbs-up gesture.)