I set the alarm to go off at 4 this morning. It sounds insane, to be sure. Tiffany was definitely thinking it was insane, but it was really all her idea anyway. At least that's what I told her. After making myself some coffee and a thermos of hot chocolate for Tiffany, we left the house and went into the cold and rainy weather.
What could get us up so early and out of the house? Shopping! Specifically, a quest for the Wii, of course. We enjoy playing with the Wii, and Tiffany has known that I've wanted one. So it is supposed to be a Christmas/birthday present for me. The problem was, the Wii is a hard thing to find. Despite Nintendo churning out 1.8 million every month, it's nearly impossible to find them in stock. There are a few ways to get one. One, you could pay whatever the asking price is for it on eBay. Two, you could buy it online at regular price... plus about $300 - $400 of games and peripherals that you're required to buy in a bundle package. Three, you can hope to find one in the stores just when a shipment arrives before they're all gone. Or four, the option we went with, get up early and wait in line.
I had gotten an early look at this week's ads for Target, Best Buy, and Circuit City. Target and Circuit City would also have Wiis, but no minimum listed. We decided to check out Best Buy first, since they were supposed to have a minimum of 21 per store. So we drove by Best Buy first, and there was a good long line already waiting. We decided to check out Circuit City and Target. Although we didn't know how many they were going to have in stock, we were hoping they wouldn't be quite as crowded.
Target, unfortunately, was pretty crowded already. Not as bad as Best Buy, but there were a couple of tents right in front of the door, the sort normally used for tailgating, and there were plenty of people huddled under them to get out of the rain.
We drove up to Circuit City next, and there were about fifteen people in line, so we decided to give it a shot. We got in line before 5:00 AM, a good 3 hours before the store opened, and passed the time by talking to some of the other folks waiting in line. Most of the people were trying to buy the Wii as a gift, although a few were picking one up for themselves.
But the question was, how many would the store have? The Wii was pictured in the ad, so they had to have some (otherwise it would be a nasty bait and switch) but they could have as few as five for all we knew. Fortunately for us, one of the folks waiting in line worked at the store. He couldn't buy one himself, so he was with a friend who was going to buy it for him. He said they had fifteen in stock. Counting the people in line, there were more than fifteen, but I had to assume that not everybody was going to get a Wii.
Just before six o'clock, the doors opened, and vouchers were handed out. The fellow who said he worked there was right... there were just fifteen in stock. And we, fortunately, were number 11. Once we had the voucher, there was no need to wait outside in the cold. Breakfast at Cracker Barrel seemed like a good idea, and so we had some breakfast next to the fireplace to warm up.
I was glad we never didn't go to Best Buy. After picking up our Wii, we looked around at the games section in Circuit City. A man started asking me some questions about the Wii. He went to Best Buy and waited in line earlier today. There were 41 Wiis in stock here, and he was stuck at number 42. But Best Buy didn't hand out vouchers until 7:45, so we would have waited outside another two hours. Meanwhile, I recommended some games to a friend of his that was shopping for a 16 and 20 year old nephews. (Raving Rabbids, Resident Evil 4 were both bought.)
Sadly, I now have to wait until Christmas to actually play with mine...
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