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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Buy a Wii Bundle, and return the items you don't want!

Buy a Wii Bundle, and return the items you don't want! That's right, it is easier than you think -- and I have successfully done it!

If you find this information helpful, please leave a comment below!

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I was fortunate enough to pick up a Nintendo Wii bundle from Walmart thanks to the free service by But, it initially a painful process because I was "forced" to buy an additional 8 games from Walmart within the bundle, for a big total of $736.87. This caused further frustration on my part because I held in my hand a slick 25% off coupon from American Express' My Wishlist for Toys-R-Us which has no restrictions on games, accessories or consoles.

My bundle included:

  • Nintendo Wii Console
  • Elebits Wii
  • Open Season Wii
  • Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 Wii
  • Barnyard Wii
  • Ant Bully Wii
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz Wii
  • Trauma Center: Second Opinion Wii
  • Disney's Chicken Little: Ace in Action Wii

I then read Brian's post about people still creating a secondary market by bidding for the Nintendo Wiis on eBay. I knew I had to post my experience here with Walmart to help those of you who may have had opportunities to pick up bundles, but did not because of all the "extra" junk in them. I am happy to report that I have successfully returned "ALL" of the games in my bundle back to Walmart. Here is how it worked for me.

First off, Walmart does not have a policy on their bundles on their website. This means you can break apart the bundles and return any items from them without returning the whole thing. The second important item is the return policy on the Walmart site allows you to either reject delivery of a specific item, or return it to the store -- provided you keep the invoice for a full credit -- not just store credit, which is important.

Very quickly after my order was placed, I checked the status of the various bundled items to see if they were in stock like site stated or if there were any items experiencing new shipping delays. A couple of the games had shipping issues, so I placed a quick 5 minute call to Wal*Mart customer service and requested the cancellation of the games since they were going to take longer to ship than the website stated and I expected. 3 of the 8 games were taken care of.

Then, I simply waited until the various games arrived -- in three different packages as they were shipped from various drop-shipment locations. Once they all arrived, I took a short trip down to Wal*Mart and requested their return on my credit card. There customer service person did not ask any questions and the items were promptly returned and the credit appeared almost immediately on my credit card, before my payment was even due.

In the end, I paid retail price plus sales tax, plus $35.00 shipping for my Wii without having to pay for unwanted items. I am also now able to go pick-up the games I wanted from Toys-R-Us at a 25% discount thanks to My Wishlist certificate.

Bottom line is that if you want to get a Wii at retail, there are many other opportunities out there if you know where to look. This an you will not be feeding the secondary markets for Wiis!

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Anonymous said...

Dude, this post is so useful! I never thought that you're allowed to return items that are in the bundle! I guess I can get a Wii without having to buy the bundle and getting the useless games that I don't want.