CNN has a story from staff writer Krysten Peek about her ordeal while waiting to get her hands on a Nintendo Wii. I had a similar experience when I waited outside of Best Buy and was the last person to get a Xbox 360 Pro. Here’s a snippet of the story and be sure to read the rest.
We all know the new Nintendo Wii is the number one present to give this holiday season. You’ve heard the stories of those who camp out in front of stores the night before shipments come in, or those who pay double the cost on eBay. It’s obvious that people will do almost anything to get their hands on this hot new item.
I found myself waiting for a Nintendo Wii one late afternoon. A massive shipment had just come in that morning and the line didn’t look too unbearable, so I decided to wait and try my chances at getting one for my boyfriend. Since it was a little late in the day, I knew the odds were against me, but for some strange reason, I was feeling optimistic.
I didn’t see any other women in line and I didn’t bother talking to the guys around me. All of them were way too serious about this; full of anxiety and tension. I had never felt so out of place in my life. It seemed like each one of their lives depended on whether or not they got this game system. Their eyes were fixed on the front of the line. No one knew how many were left. We were all just hoping the last box would be ours.
After about 2 hours I was near the front of the line. Could this be it? I could see the pile of white boxes dwindling down. My heart sunk. I started to get nervous. Why didn’t I come earlier? I couldn’t imagine getting this close and not getting one! That wasn’t even an option anymore.
Lines, anger, police … A Wii story [CNN]