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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Nintendo Wii Fit has Arrived! But Not Legal for Trade?

There it was on the porch. Just as Amazon and UPS promised when I check the UPS Tracking number earlier in the day. What was it? It was Nintendo's latest craze for their Nintendo Wii gaming system -- the Wii Fit. The Wii Fit is combination of a technologically advance scale, called the Wii Balance Board and the Wii Fit game. With the game (and surely others to be created and used with it), you can work on your fitness through Yoga, Strength Training, Aerobics, and Balancing games.

The Nintendo Wii Fit and Balance Board hidden inside the shipping box
I was excited to get it inside the house and open it up!

The first thing I noticed was that the shipping box from seems to be a custom made box just for the Nintendo Wii Fit. With additional padding and flaps to hold the Wii Fit steady while it was in transit, the box fit the Nintendo packaging like a glove.
Amazon appears have manufactured custom shipping boxes for the Wii Fit.

When I pulled the Wii Fit Balance Board out of the box, there was an interesting not on the bottom. "Not Legal for Trade" -- I thought, what does it mean? How in the world can it not be legal for trade? Is there that much secret sauce in the design of the balance board scale that we do not want any other countries to get their hands on a Wii Fit? Wait, isn't this product Japanese? :-)

Not Legal for Trade -- I thought, what does it mean?  How in the world can it not be legal for trade

So, I did a little research and the Not Legal for Trade sticker on the Wii Balance Board has nothing to do with either your ability to trade your Wii Fit Balance Board with a friend, on eBay, etc. Nor does it prevent you *in many cases* from sending it or taking it to another country. (Depending on US export restrictions) I know you are all breathing a sigh of relief.

This particular sticker applies to any scale or similar measuring device in the United States. By Not Legal for Trade, what is meant is that you cannot take the Wii Fit Balance Board down to the local Farmer's market and start weighing pounds of oranges, stawberries, or other fruits. You cannot set up shop to measure gold, silver, or platinum either. It's that kind of trade -- where you sell merchandise based on weight. In fact, if you have any other scales in your home for postage, measuring food, and so forth -- it is likely to have that same sticker somewhere. The reality is that these devices are simply not precise enough in most cases, although I admit it would be pretty awesome to see a vendor the farmer's market dropping the bag of oranges on a Wii Fit Balance Board!

The Wii Fit Balance Board has already taught me something and I have not even used it yet!

Wii Fit Balance Board Not Legal for Trade
Well, now it is unwrapped and I am off to give it a try!


Lord Sarcast said...

Hello, Ken.

Saw your pics of the Wii Fit. Love your blog entry about it.

Thanks for the explanation about the "Not Legal For Trade" sticker.

I will post a link on our blog to yours.

Take care.

Lord Sarcast

Ken Hanscom said...

Thanks for the note.

I have now been using the Wii Fit for a few days. Still have not got around to posting my experience, but it has been pretty interesting.

Be sure to check back soon as I am going to try and track my progress over the next two months....

General Skrub said...

Thanks! Now I can finally trade this thing