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It's here!

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It may be the middle of the night, but some lucky folks have already managed to purchase their 360s. Others have a few hours to wait until stores open this morning, but many are already lining up to be first.

Why so enthusiastic? Tom from AdJab interviewed a few of those camping out at a Target store in NJ, braving chilly rain to be among the first with a 360.

Louis, college student: "The reason I'm here is because Gamestop didn't have enough, and I really wanted the system the first day. Waiting 13 hours, out in the rain, 40-degree weather, but it's all good."

Jay, 8th grade math teacher: "I'm here for two reasons - one, to prove that common coral, attached with small wood screws to a small child's head would make that child look like a small reindeer, and secondly because by my being here, I know that one less child is gonna have a good Christmas."

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However, Chris sums up the prevailing attitude: "I'm out here because two of my friends are out here, and if they get one and I don't, then there's gonna be a problem..."

What's your story?

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21. I got mine at Sams club after Gamestop told me I was number 14 on their reserve list and they only got 5 in. I went to Sams Club, there was a line already at 530am, BUT because I had a Buisness Member card (i was the only one in the line that had that verison of their membership) I got one befor anyone else in the line, IF anything I highly recomend getting the preimium member cards at places like this.

Posted at 10:46AM on Nov 22nd 2005 by Ben 0 stars

22. I got mine at Sams club after Gamestop told me I was number 14 on their reserve list and they only got 5 in. I went to Sams Club, there was a line already at 530am, BUT because I had a Buisness Member card (i was the only one in the line that had that verison of their membership) I got one befor anyone else in the line, IF anything I highly recomend getting the preimium member cards at places like this.

Posted at 10:50AM on Nov 22nd 2005 by Ben 0 stars

23. I didn't stand out all night, went to best buy around 5:30 am. They gave out ticket's at midnight for the first 50 in line. They said that's all they had. some people with the tickets went back home. I waited and was number 52 with no ticket. Manager came out and started to call names. There were 4 people who did not show. I got lucky and got the core unit. Had to buy extra's of course. My grip is why didn't they just make all premium's. It ended costing me a few hundred more. Oh well the things we do for our kids. He better appreciate it!

Posted at 10:53AM on Nov 22nd 2005 by Debbie 0 stars

24. Went to 2 best buys this morning in Manhattan, despite the fact there were 75 or 80 people in line at both there was no chance of getting one becuase they only had 30 units!! Where are all of these things? Rumours are already flying that Best Buy is holding some back to release on Friday

Posted at 10:54AM on Nov 22nd 2005 by jon 0 stars

25. I picked my up from EBGames this morning. I love the preorder. Since I have been paying off a little at a time and buying games as soon as they coming out, it was a pick up and go.

Posted at 11:05AM on Nov 22nd 2005 by pathfinda 0 stars

26. I didn't stand out all night, went to best buy around 5:30 am. They gave out ticket's at midnight for the first 50 in line. They said that's all they had. some people with the tickets went back home. I waited and was number 52 with no ticket. Manager came out and started to call names. There were 4 people who did not show. I got lucky and got the core unit. Had to buy extra's of course. My grip is why didn't they just make all premium's. It ended costing me a few hundred more. Oh well the things we do for our kids. He better appreciate it!

Posted at 11:12AM on Nov 22nd 2005 by Debbie 0 stars

27. Update on my previous Amazon post - they're all sold out. Hope you got the tip from me, and that you were able to place your order!

Posted at 11:33AM on Nov 22nd 2005 by Morgon 0 stars

28. A Marketing friend of mine just hit the nail onthe head on these "shortages"

It's not to build up a frantic fan base but all about advertising.

She was saying that MS is getting MILLIONS in free advertising for this from all of the news coverage and blogs like this.

Now, you might say it is negative advertising but think about it, are you any less likely to buy one because of the negative advertising? Didn't think so :)

I agree with the Black Friday/Mid December posts. They will let units out that best maximizes MS's exposure to the media.

I still would not be buying an MS console if it were not for my son wanting it because of MS's strategies.

Posted at 11:57AM on Nov 22nd 2005 by Don Powell 0 stars

29. ...Also hope if you got that tip from Morgan you enjoyed shelling out $600 more than the price of a "normal" premium bundle.. Guess that's the price for early adoptors?

Guys/Gals, I hate to say it, but you're probably going to see Xboxes on shelves before your online orders even get halfway done with that free UPS ground shipping. ;)

Posted at 12:22PM on Nov 22nd 2005 by Tucker 8 stars

30. Tucker:

You must have missed it. That Amazon bundle game with the Xbox Premium, Eight Games, an additional Wireless controller with Play'N Charge kit and battery, and a faceplate.

True, you may not want eight games, but I didn't technically pay any more for the system itself as you were implying.

Posted at 12:49PM on Nov 22nd 2005 by Morgon 0 stars

31. So let me get this straight.

I reserved a Premium Xbox 360 with 6 games (two haven't been released yet). I called today to see when I would get my system delivered and the clerk at the store said, "...after the first of the year."

I have a PSP, DS, Xbox, PC, n64, iPod, 55"HD TV, and a budget for $150 a month for games. Yes, I'm truly blessed beyond belief. However, why my store that I buy from, and Microsoft for that matter, can't see that I've been alienated during their marketing strategy is beyond my comprehension.

THey are alienating gamers that are loyal and spend disposable income on more games, in favor of, the hype caused by a shortage ploy to win over "middle of the road" or "on the fence" possible buyers.

I just don't get it.

Somewhere EB Games or any of the other specialty retailers should have seen this coming and called some of their "preferred" customers.

If someone wants to make a few grand this year by selling me games, please contact me. Or better yet, send me an xbox 360 and I will gladly buy all of my games for all of my systems from you.

Thanks,

Loyal Gamer

Posted at 12:55PM on Nov 22nd 2005 by JDH 0 stars

32. JDH, want my Gun and Ridge Racer 6? Follow my link to contact me.

Posted at 1:18PM on Nov 22nd 2005 by Morgon 0 stars

33. Mines on the road being shipped from Ottowa. I preordered mine from Costco 2 months ago.

I have a sweet Logitech Harmony 360 remote in hand though!! ha.

Posted at 1:19PM on Nov 22nd 2005 by yoMammabot 0 stars

34. Hi, how can i get a debug xbox360? has microsoft some email where can i write?

Posted at 5:35AM on Nov 23rd 2005 by Peter 0 stars

35. I pre-orded mine aswell. I payed for the X360 about a month and a half before release, and BestBuy dilevered it to me the day of release around 10 in the morning..I'm satisfied..and yea, why don't people pre-order?

Posted at 9:27PM on Nov 25th 2005 by Irwin 0 stars

36. I pre-orded mine aswell. I payed for the X360 about a month and a half before release, and BestBuy dilevered it to me the day of release around 10 in the morning..I'm satisfied..and yea, why don't people pre-order?

Posted at 9:29PM on Nov 25th 2005 by Irwin 0 stars

37. O, and if you want a X360, see if you can buy it from Canada. I walked into so many stores here, and 360's were just lying around...Brampton is bad for business...too many cheap people. All my friends say they are going to wait untill it gets cheaper...

Posted at 9:32PM on Nov 25th 2005 by Irwin 0 stars

38. http://media.xbox360.ign.com/media/743/743289/vids_3.html
see the 3rd video. thats the real graphics te 360 is capable of and think of it inthe future. i hate ppl who come out sayin it has bad graphics and crap, but to see a difference this is wat u probobally saw which is not HD(not as bad as u ppl say.) The first one is not HD. see it and you cant ell the difference between da 2. 360 is a great system and u dont kno wat u missin

Posted at 7:23PM on Dec 1st 2005 by Sammy 0 stars

39. Idaho - 12/05/2005 8:00 AM. Local target received 10 premium XBox's this morning. Target Associates were told not to tell anyone they had them until that morning. The line was 8 long, I luckily came in to get the 10th.

Posted at 2:00PM on Dec 5th 2005 by Ben 0 stars

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