It seems that every year it happens. No matter what is out or selling in the videogame world, every holiday shopping season brings a new and exciting array of products. This year is no different as there are well over a hundred video game releases across the 3 major home consoles just from November to December! There is one accessory that is making the headlines above most other releases and that is the Kinect, exclusively for the Xbox 360.
The Kinect launched on November 4th and has been noticeably absent from store shelves since it became available for sale. Such is the case for most hot-selling items this time of year, especially for an item like the Kinect that is not produced in such abundance as a simple disc. The Kinect (which retails for $149.99) may be hard to find, but not impossible!
For any game-related item your number one destination should be Gamestop. Gamestop, with 12 stores in the Charleston area, is the leader in videogame sales worldwide and during the holiday season generally stocks most major new releases everyday and offers the ability to trade your old games and accessories toward newer games. Gamestop also has a program where customers can “reserve” upcoming titles to guarantee availability on the day of release to it’s customers.
Another destination to check out is Best Buy. With a handful of stores in the Charleston market, Best Buy has become an emerging name in videogame retail. Though Best Buy doesn’t have the robust trade-in program that Gamestop offers, it does have a weekly ad that updates every Sunday in which they have videogame deals galore and guarantee the availability of certain, higher-profile items and new releases.
Aside from the two specialty stores, the department store is always an option. Wal-Mart, Sears and K-Mart all stock videogames and accessories for the holidays (and crowds to match). Every holiday the crowds outnumber the deals and videogames aren’t always the sales focus for the big box department stores so they may not be your best bet. Instead, check Wal-mart’s website where they offer the Kinect as part of several bundle packages that include extra software or hardware as an exclusive bonus to online shoppers.
The Kinect will be a hot hit throughout the entire holiday season, so if you need one don’t wait a day longer than you must! Before you leave the house to fight the traffic, check the website to find availability and call to confirm. Hot items fly off the shelves fast so once you find one in stock, don’t delay!