What's the Gray Market Like for the Wii U? Check Back After Black Friday

As of this writing there are at least 630 Wii Us listed on eBay for minimum bids or buy-it-now prices of $520 or more. Not a one of them has any takers. Even though it took less than a day for GameStop to sell out its preorder allotment, even though the retailer claims a waiting list of 500,000, even though retailers… »11/18/12 1:00pm11/18/12 1:00pm

Someone's Already Trying to Sell a Wii U on eBay. For $900.

Remember when the Wii launched? What were those things going for on the gray market, like $700 or something? Actually, yeah—Fahey did this analysis after the 2006 holidays and found the price, for a pre-order listing on eBay, spiked at $707, almost three times its MSRP. (That's not counting this jackhole, trying to… »9/15/12 11:00am9/15/12 11:00am

What Created this Chinese Ghost Town? A Crackdown on Fake Goods.

On August 6 in Shenyang, shops shuttered. Merchants vanished. On their shops, there were signs like "temporarily closed". Online, people said parts of the city were nearly ghost towns.

Many of the shops carried fake goods of one kind or another, and the rumor was that Chinese authorities were going to crackdown on… »8/09/12 7:30am8/09/12 7:30am