Since I’m taking a break from GDC today, I figured I would take this time out to get this out of the way: The Nintendo Wii price drop this month is in fact a real, permanent drop.
Retailer circulars are printed a month in advance to setup sales schedules and specific item announcements, with the finalized circulars going out the week before the scheduled sale.
In other words, I’m confirming that the Wii will be sold for $199.99 with the current bundle beginning on September 27th to drive holiday sales. Retail employees get early access to new circulars up to two weeks before the scheduled sale begins in order to prepare the store to maximze profit on each sale item.
Take it from a guy that used to work for many a retailer or not, your call.