Christmas is coming and one of gaming’s favorite console, the Xbox 360 has been released and is selling very fast. Many people are looking for it, so much that on the eBay auction site, prices are over that what it sells for at retail stores. The concept of a controller-less based gaming console is just that cool.
The best place to get your hands on an Xbox 360 Kinect console would be GameStop. GameStop is the busiest and largest chain of video games retail stores in the US and some other regions. They are constantly getting new shipments of everything in. Asking a manager when the next shipment might be in will definitely do you some good. In my experience, the same goes with the management staff at Toys’R’Us, Wal-Mart, Target and the Blockbuster Video and Hollywood Video stores that sell games and gaming consoles.
Checking online won’t help with any of the stores other than GameStop, but it will get you their phone numbers, addresses and driving directions to them faster than a phone book will. Call these stores directly and ask for the video games department. Even if they don’t have a department dedicated to video games, they’ll usually transfer you to the right place such as their electronics sales department. If you can, call at more than one time of the day because sometimes the staff will be able to let you know if they have a shipment that just came in and at other times the staff working won’t be involved in re-stocking items. Asking for a manager may be somewhat inconvenient and you may end up waiting on the phone a few minutes while one is paged but it can be well worth it. Using a trick that many telemarketers and customer support workers, keep a pleasant tone and smile when you’re asking them to check for you. Also ask them to double-check with their computer database and electronics department staff for you if they have an answer ready for you. Having them check the computer can prevent them from missing a console or consoles stocked on the wrong shelf.
If you’re having trouble finding one after checking online at GameStop and calling every store location, do it for a few days straight and you might get different replies. Someone may recognize that you’ve been calling every day and be able to find out when their next shipment is just to get you off the phone. Persistence pays off when you’re hunting down a rare item. If all else fails, you can check the Craigslist classifieds ads to pick one up locally, though sometimes people will charge a premium on top of the cost just like on eBay but other times, the Craigslist seller will desire to trade for something you have that you’re more than willing to part with. Keep at it, following the guide I’ve laid out and you’ll definitely find one.