Today there were a whole bunch of video games that went on a HUGE sale at Best Buy for all major consoles… Games that are normally 40, 50, even 60 dollars were going to be available for TEN dollars. Yes, $10.
I only own an Xbox 360, so that’s the only list I was paying much attention to (plus, there were more titles for the 360 than either Wii or PS3). On the list was a wide assortment of sport games, a couple fist person shooters, and overall a very decent selection with some games that I was pretty interested in.
I was going after three games in particular: Soul Caliber 4, Devil May Cry 4, and 007: Quantum of Solace.
After speaking with Vanlandw, and cooperatively doing a bit of research, it was pretty clear that this sale was just gigantic and it was going to be difficult and/or impossible to find ANY of these games for 10 bucks a pop. Vanlandw found the main forum thread at CheapAssGamer.com, and right now it has over 350,000 views.
With today being the first day of the sale, I prepared for battle and set out to be at the closest Best Buy 5 minutes before they opened at 11 a.m.
As I arrived, I was instantly worried. There was a line at the door probably 12-15 people long and it was pretty clear what every person was there for. So, I figured I’d still at least run in and see what I might be able to get my hands on. After a few minutes, they finally unlocked the doors and we stampeded in like cattle with malice force.
Immediately upon entering I saw a wire mesh bin that said “GAMES – $9.99” and it was heaped with games in no order whatsoever. I managed to sneak a quick glance before the horde got to it – and I definitely got a very clear sense that there were not very many games available.
The horde mob was just rifling through this bin with reckless abandon and I didn’t even have a chance to get near it. Mentally, I had given up all hope of finding any titles. Feeling completely defeated, I thought to myself: “well, might as well go check out the other Xbox360 games to see if anything else I might want.”
I walk back to the Xbox360 aisle, and there is NOBODY in it… Every single person in the store is up front rummaging through the tiny bin of games. Then, something catches my eye: I see one copy of Soul Caliber 4 staring me right in the face. I did a double-take just to make sure: “Yes, that is really Soul Caliber 4”. I snatched it up immediately. Then it starts to hit me… All the games on sale are still in their normal spots on the shelf! I take a couple seconds to compose myself, get a couple deep breaths, and recall my list – all meanwhile hoping desperately that nobody sees me or realizes what I am doing.
I coolly and calmly grabbed all three games I wanted. There was only one copy of Quantum of Solace (plenty of collector editions, but those weren’t on sale for $10). There were also very few of both Devil May Cry 4 and Soul Caliber 4. After I grabbed my three, I took a minute to quick grab a copy of “Too Human” for Vanlandw.
Before checking out, I took one last look through all the 360 games trying to recall what was on the list of sale games. I saw a copy of “The Bourne Conspiracy” with a price tag of 59.99 and figured that for 50 dollars off I just can’t pass up that deal.
Feeling fully satisfied, I start wandering towards the checkout where nobody is in line – and everyone is still sifting through this bin of games. I walk over to the bin, clear my throat, and in my Jack Bauer voice I whisper loudly “Just FYI – All the games are on the shelves” as I hold up my handful of 5 games. The horde instantly disperses and sprints towards the aisle. With everyone leaving the bin, I finally take a gander myself. Turns out the bin was only holding the games that they had bulk copies of. 10+ copies of games like Wall-E, Bolt, and Jericho were the only ones in the bin for the 360.
I proceed to the checkout line, pay $52 for 5 Xbox360 games that would normally be a total of probably $200, and casually stroll out of BestBuy while the horde continues to fight each other for the limited copies of the remaining games. Not sure why exactly, but I feel very good about myself.