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Posted before the holidays, Sean Alexander’s article on how-to snipe a PS3 or Wii online (or, originally, an Xbox 360) should still be valuable for gamers who have yet to get their hands on the out-of-stock console of their choice:

Here’s a fool-proof way to get notified when PS3/Wii/etc are available for online ordering–no online auctions required. I’ve tested it personally–and received my premium system in time for Christmas.

His method relies on configuring URLyWarning to notify you of status changes with retailer-tracking sites specific to the console you’re still drooling over.