The Nintendo Wii came out six months ago. In November. Remind yourself of this as you read this story.
Monday was my 29th birthday, and as I do every year, I picked out a nice gift to buy for myself. This year, I decided to buy a Wii. Problem is, you can't just walk into a store and buy a Wii -- the things are so ridiculously popular that six months after their release, stores still cannot keep them in stock. I stopped by the Nebraska Furniture Mart on Monday night on the way to the bar, and of course, found none in stock. Upon relying this story to Dick Herculanuum, he decided to do some snooping and figure out a way to procure one for each of us.
His brother, who used to work for Gamers and knows about these things, told him if you go to the Mart for three weeks every day when they open, you will get ahold of one. You have to go every day, because you never know when they'll get a shipment of them in. Not satisfied with this, he started calling around. Gamestop told him its luck of the draw -- they never know when they're getting a shipment until they arrive. Toys R Us told him a similar story, but added they received 30-some in their last batch, and all were gone by noon the same day.