The last post discussed the fact that John was heading to Best Buy to stand in line and attempt to get his hands on a Wii. Well, that didn't go so well. There were many in front of him (I told him he needed to leave earlier!), but he decided to try to get a number anyway, so he waited and waited and waited.....to no avail. They had 200 and he was at least 20 behind the last person to get a ticket. After that, still not defeated, he headed over to Target. Rumor had it that they were to receive quite a large shipment that morning too. Again, with the line. He had a chance, he was #20. They got in 6. Six. He came home with his head hanging low.
The rumor mill then said that our little local Wally World was supposed to get 6-10 in on Tuesday, December 18th. My friend had been there the week before, stood in line, got her number (#6) and they got in 6. Six. She got lucky.
Luckily, John was on afternoons this last week, so he and I got up early on Tuesday morning and made it to Wal-Mart by 7:30 a.m. Of course, there was no one to be found in electronics, is there ever? After hunting around for someone who acted like they worked there, we found a woman that told us we would have to take a number and go wait in the back, by lay-away, with the other people.
Great, sounds good. "How many are waiting?" We asked. "Only 3, you will be #4". Hey, that sounds good! So, we took our number, went back with the other sheep and took a seat. John was promptly sent off then to go get coffee. This was not going to go well if I didn't get some caffeine. The word was that they weren't even sure if they were getting any in, but we would just have to wait and see.
Can you tell me how this is possible? With today's technology and inventory systems, are you really trying to tell me that they have NO idea whether they are getting any in?? It's all a game, people and there I was, playing it.
John returned with coffee, we chatted with the other morons that were waiting.....and 3 hours later, here comes the cart loaded down with Wii's. Sixteen in all. Everyone that had a number that day, got a Wii. There were exactly 16 people in line. Funny how that worked out. I bet those Wal-Mart employees stashed the extras in back so they could sell them on eBay!
We got one.
Upon inspecting the box, John says, "We should get a couple games and another paddle. That way they can each have their own." WTF?! Are you serious? We just bought the damn thing and now we have to buy more stuff? He goes on....."Actually you know, we should go look at TV's. We need a flat-screen to put on the wall downstairs, can you imagine how great it would be to play this on that?"
At this point, I chopped his head off right there in the store and am writing this from prison.
This man acted all self-less, standing in line for the sake of his kids so they could have what they wanted for Christmas, when all along it was a scheme to get a fucking flat screen TV. It didn't work. I proceeded to tell him what he could do with that idea and left the store, without any extra paddles or games.
It's a slippery slope, folks. One I'm not sure I'm ready for, know what I mean?
So, please say a little prayer for my poor kids that will have to play their new Wii on our old TV, that doesn't have HD and is NOT a flat screen and is only 27 inches! The injustice is almost unbearable, isn't it?
Men are children. It will never change.
John's sister bought the kids Guitar Hero for their Wii. I'm not sure what that is, but the word is, they'll love it. Maybe they'll survive after all.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Posted by Angie at 3:29 PM