I'm not really into playing video games but after hearing alot of talk about the Nintendo Wii, I checked it out and decided I really wanted one too. I'd heard about how hard they were to get and how much people were paying to get them but I refused to pay an inflated price.

My neighbor works at Wal-Mart so I asked her if they had any available. They had none at that time but they were getting in a shipment soon. She said she would keep and eye out and let me know when they came in. I was able to get 3 Nintendo Wii's for about $240 each. I only needed one so I decided to put the other 2 on Ebay after reading HustlerMoney's post on Side Income: Learn to Ebay Hot Items.

I listed the item for 7 days with a starting price of $100. For the first 5 days, I only had 1 bid on each of them for $100. I've used Ebay for over 5 years so I knew that the bidding would pickup as the auction came to a close. I wasn't real worried that I would get less than I paid for them because everyone wanted to get their hands on one of these.

The auction ended on Friday and I sold both of them for over $410 each. After Ebay listing fees, Paypal fees and shipping, I was able to make a profit of $291.89. Not only did I get my Nintendo Wii for free, I made an additional $50!!!!

Did you purchase a Nintendo Wii for Christmas? How did you pay?

8 comments

  1. Eden @ FinanceAndFat.com // December 15, 2007 at 8:52 AM  

    Brilliant! I regret not buying an extra when I got mine several months ago (there was another in the store when I got mine).

  2. RacerX // December 15, 2007 at 4:15 PM  

    That is really a smart way to get what you wanted. Thought about doing the same thing with some of the Black Friday deals out there, but I had visions of being stuck with 15 laptops!

    Love the Blog!

  3. SingleGuyMoney // December 15, 2007 at 9:04 PM  

    *racerx - Thanks for reading. Come back soon.

  4. RacerX // December 15, 2007 at 11:18 PM  

    Will do Single Guy! Got you linked right off of my homepage.
    Keep up the good work!

  5. Debt Dieter // December 16, 2007 at 3:29 PM  

    Nice work! That's such a great idea, I would never have thought of that before.

  6. Matt // December 17, 2007 at 9:02 AM  

    How were you able to buy 3 Wii's? Most stores will only let you buy one at a time...

  7. SingleGuyMoney // December 17, 2007 at 7:29 PM  

    *Matt - That is true but luckily I had a connection at Wal-Mart.

  8. Dimples // December 17, 2007 at 8:28 PM  

    Nice!

    My godson wanted a Wii. Wish I would have thought of this.