If you are planning on buying a Wii U and live in the US you can save some money by ordering from Costco. The membership warehouse club is offering the Deluxe set for $299.97 and the Basic set for $244.97. That’s a saving of $50 and $55, respectively. This makes it the cheapest Wii U you can find around.
While Nintendo has repeatedly stated that they will not be reducing the price of the Wii U, it seems that retailers are free to set their own prices. If you are not a Costco member you can still order from their website, but keep in mind that they add a 5% surcharge to all orders that are placed by non-members.
Recently, Nintendo revealed that Wii U sales haven’t been all that great: only 3 million consoles were shipped in 2012, and that doesn’t necessarily mean that all 3 million have been sold. Clearly, it looks like Costco has a lot of them in stock. It will be interesting to see what other retailers do and how Nintendo responds to the slow sales. The company expects to sell 4 million Wii U units by march 2013.