Do you remember Tim's story from back in the day? Tim had some back luck with Chromehounds bricking his 360 to an unplayable lump of technology. So, he had to package it up and send it off to Microsoft ... but for a fee. Tim sent us an update and that he had to pay to get his Xbox 360 working again, stating that he "eventually got it repaired for half the normal price ($65 as opposed to $130)". See, Microsoft has a heart! Since then he's received his 360 and has been satisfied. But to Tim's surprise he received a letter from Microsoft today and attached was a check for $96.75. The letter read:
Upon further review of internal repair data, it has come to our attention that the Xbox 360 console you previously paid to repair is qualified for a free out of warranty repair. Attached is a check to reimburse you for this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Wow, what a nice gesture! But let's do some quick math. Tim paid $65 to repair his Xbox back in the day and today received a check for over $95 ... do a little subtracting and ... that's a $30 profit! Tim, congrats on screwing corporate America over, they deserve it sometimes. Check out Tim's check after the jump.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
11-20-2006 @ 10:15PM
h0tr0d cO said...
Maybe they added the amount paid for shipping.
11-20-2006 @ 10:25PM
Why is this site so immature in their writing style? Screwing corp. America? Come on, Microsoft paid more than what this person paid. This site is starting to become pathetic... how old are the writers here? Please, tell me they are all under 18.
11-20-2006 @ 10:54PM
I actually believe it's interest for the time he didn't have the money. However, most likely not.
11-20-2006 @ 10:56PM
Ryan Heise said...
11-20-2006 @ 11:12PM
We're talking video games people. This is not the author's disseration, so relax. If anything, taking a video game website as serious as if it were the New England Journal of Medicine is pathetic.
Wait I have to put on my formal tux before I post right? *virtual bow*
11-20-2006 @ 11:35PM
take that money and invest it in MS points! that should be enough to get small arms and most of lumines.
11-21-2006 @ 12:01AM
h0tr0d cO said...
Great! I posted the first comment, then turned on my 360 to play some gears. After about 5 minutes it BRICKED and I'm getting 3 red flashing lights, only my console was built 2/24/06 and I don't qualify for the discount...xbox customer service blows!
11-21-2006 @ 12:03AM
"Why is this site so immature in their writing style? Screwing corp. America?"
Do #2 and #4 always take everything this seriously?
Come on, lighten up a little bit. It's not as if the author of this post is throwing is full communist might into this writing -- it's a joke. If you don't find it funny, that doesn't mean you shouldn't have the intelligence to realize it was meant to be humorous.
11-21-2006 @ 12:08AM
lol jezz! wheres the xboxlive zones?? this isnt pro
11-21-2006 @ 12:15AM
why wont they do this for me??
11-21-2006 @ 12:16AM
"This site is starting to become pathetic... how old are the writers here? Please, tell me they are all under 18.
Posted at 10:25PM on Nov 20th 2006 by Ogden2k 0 stars"
So don't read it you pompous ass. It's not like you'll be missed or anything.
11-21-2006 @ 12:22AM
crym fytr said...
#7 ok , this is not a joke. I was expecting a check for a refund on my 1st bricked 360 (it was a launch console) and then I read this post and got to thinking when would th echeck arrive. It's the week before finals and I'm procrastinating, so I thought I would fire up Gears as well--couldn't get to load previous campaign before I got the 3 red lights. Called the support line--went through all the steps--solid brick. I still love the 360 (bought the HD-DVD and hope the PS3 flops) but this is very disconcerting, i will soon be on my 3rd console since launch--not a record I know--but I'm still not happy about it. After my first one went out I bought the warranty on the 2nd, so I think I'm ok. They highballed the return time at 3 weeks but said it should get to me before that--I certainly hope so!!
11-21-2006 @ 2:13AM
The other writers are fine but this new writer Dustin sucks, thats why you see posts like what he put.
11-21-2006 @ 2:59AM
Chromehounds didn't brick his 360... that was the game he was playing when it happenned.
11-21-2006 @ 3:23AM
Well its not a profit actully, taking money in the pass exactly the same amount in the present means a lost: Example
if he pay 63 dll in the past and he recive 63 dlls in the present it means a lost because of present value, but maybe he got the same amount in past value giving that the 63 dll of before is 93 dll of today.
Microsoft is right to give 30 dll more because of dll value
11-21-2006 @ 4:07AM
my 360 is a brick too. microsoft has no soul.
$600+ dollars down the drain...
11-21-2006 @ 8:48AM
I got mine yesterday for $129.00, too bad I will just be giving it right back to M$.
11-21-2006 @ 9:02AM
So, more and more comments where people are claiming the Gears of War bricked their 360. I think this issue needs more press.
My 360 had been running just fine for six months. I played Gears of War for about an hour or so without incident. The next day I attempted to play online co-op with a friend of mine, and BOOM! It crashed, throwing up a checkerboard pattern on the screen. I restarted it a number of times, with the same outcome. Eventually got the the red ring of death.
Of course, the 360 is out of warranty, and Microsoft wants me to pay $168CDN to exchange/repair the unit. This isn't right. Gears of War is published by Microsoft Game Studios, and they are culpable. It's not right for them to sell me (or anyone else) and game that kills the console and then refuse to repair it free of charge.
Interestingly, when a called the customer support line a second time to ask about the possibility of a free repair, the woman I spoke with told me she'd just spoke with another person who claimed their 360 had died at the hands of Gears of War.
And yes, my request for a free repair was denied.
11-21-2006 @ 9:27AM
they just sent a check like that to my friend
11-21-2006 @ 10:21AM
software cannot brick hardware... esp software that EVERYONE else is running without a problem... some factor messed up your box and it wasnt GOW.