Twelve months ago the big question on everyone's lips was where to buy a Wii at a reasonable price. It is hard to believe that a year later nothing has changed. A quick search for a Wii at the major shopping websites shows that many outlets are sold out, and if you are lucky enough to find one it will probably be prohibitively expensive.
In reality, the basic Wii package containing the console, a controller and the Wii Sports games package should be available for $250. Instead, many people are being forced to fork out around the $400 mark for packages with little extra, while some Wii packages are close to the $1,000 mark.
As the supply of Wiis onto the shop shelves fails to come anywhere near to demand, it seems gamers will be hard pushed to bag one of the consoles at retail price. However, that is not to say it can't be done, but it may take a little work or a lot of luck.
You have two main choices in your hunt for an affordable Wii - the web or the high street. Finding one on the Web, although tough is still possible if you use one of the growing number of websites that monitor Wii stocks around the US. If you are lucky you may catch a new delivery and get one at a good price.
You may also be able to find information on the web as to when stores in your area will have new Wii stocks in. If you are really desperate you could even go to your local WalMart and ask them for the date of the next delivery of Wiis. If you put in the hard work you are likely to pick up a Wii for a reasonable price, but one is unlikely to fall in your lap.