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The scene at Northland Best Buy at 5 a.m.

Lawn chairs, blankets, inflatable beds, and a Mazda

The scene at Metrotown Future Shop at 4:30 p.m.

A quick count concludes a sell out

A sign marks the start, and an empty chair marks a missing first

Alone sits an acoustic guitar
Camper stories, scouting reports, drive-by shootings, self-inflicted injuries and more

'Twas the night before Sony's new machine, when all through the nation, not a creature was stirring... because they were all waiting in line for a PlayStation 3!

In what was previously a phenomenon common only among the most hardcore Japanese gamers, lining up hours, or even days in advance of a gaming release has hit North America at full force. 

Gamers camped out at most a day in advance for a chance to secure a pre-order at GameStop/EB Games, but now with the imminent launch upon us, some have decided to take camping to a level previously only known to The Phantom Menace. Some set up camp almost two weeks ago, though they were ejected from their site less than a week into their campaign. 

After missing out on pre-orders, gamers all across North America are taking no chances and have started to form line camps several days before the system's release. A video taken from outside Circuit City in Union Square in New York shows the lengthy line with 35 hours until launch, and another shows a Best Buy in Melbourne, Florida, complete with classical music and tents for the refined camper. Things are not much different in the Great White North (though likely a good bit colder), as shown in a video by Alan D. of campers waiting outside of a Future Shop in Ontario. Notable is that when campers were asked whether they were planning on selling their system or playing it, the majority responded with intentions of selling.

Our personal experiences after scouting various locations over the past 24 hours are varied. At a Best Buy location set to receive only 10 units, there were already seven people camped at the location at 5 a.m. on November 16. Instead of bothering with a tent, a young couple decided to park their car directly in front of the store, marking the beginning of the line. As number one and two, the couple said that they had been there since 1 p.m. the previous day. 

At a Future Shop located in Vancouver, Canada, around a dozen sitting in chairs, wrapped in blankets, were seen lining up against the wall today in the late afternoon. Taking a page from the Japan launch, a couple of homeless people were hired to sit in line for those who didn't want to brave the wait first-hand. The Canadian retailer announced that every store would carry a minimum of 10 PS3s, and those who wish to buy an Xbox 360 on November 17 instead of a PS3 would receive a $50 discount plus free copies of Gears of War and Ridge Racer 6.

A smaller Best Buy location in Bellingham, Washington, set to receive 20 units of the 60GB machine had one of the quieter scenes we've encountered. Aside from the couple of unattended foldable chairs at the front of the line, the entire walkway was populated by a half dozen tents. Campers were nowhere to be seen, but a lone acoustic guitar was on display, perhaps hinting at Kumbaya singalongs once our cameras left the scene. 

While many have been reporting positive experiences in waiting for a PS3, there have been several isolated incidents where campers had to endure some pain and suffering. 

At a Best Buy location in Lexington, Kentucky, a group of campers were victims of a drive-by BB gun shooting. Four people were hit by BB pellets, including a television reporter who was there on the scene to interview the queue. Two of the people who were shot packed up and left the scene, saying that it wasn't worth the risk for the video games machine. 

Some others are undeterred by the attack, one man saying, "I'd do it again, even if I get shot again." Police say they'll stay at the Best Buy to make sure people in line stay safe. Click here to read and watch the news report from WKYT. 

In another incident at West Bend, Wisconsin, a person was injured outside Wal-Mart racing for a chance to buy one of 10 PS3s available. According to the local police, an assistant manager announced to a crowd of about 50 people that the store was only going to receive about 10 systems and placed 10 chairs outside of the store. Customers were told to run on signal to try to occupy one of the chairs to secure themselves a PS3 when it goes on sale at midnight.

Sadly, a 19-year-old man with perhaps a bit too much exuberance ran into a pole and struck his head, injuring himself. He was taken to the hospital for treatment, reports the AP.

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By GhandiInstinct on 11/16/2006 10:13:56 PM , Rating: 1
Would you risk your health to waste so much money for such an over priced and not worth it product?


RE: why
By qdemn7 on 11/16/2006 11:37:28 PM , Rating: 4
Would you risk your health to waste so much money for such an over priced and not worth it product?
Worth is largely subjective but also driven by market forces. What YOU find valuable, other may not and vice-versa. Obviously these people find worth investing their time and money. Just because you do not, does not mean you are right, and they are wrong.

IMO, someone camping out hours for tickets to an overpiced concert appearance by some over-hyped, or over-the-hill rock and roll band is an utter waste of time and money. By that's just me.

RE: why
By The Sword 88 on 11/17/2006 12:26:02 AM , Rating: 2
I bought a 360 on launch day at Costco and it was well worth it.

RE: why
By Parhelion69 on 11/17/2006 2:44:44 PM , Rating: 3
IMO, someone camping out hours for tickets to an overpiced concert appearance by some over-hyped, or over-the-hill rock and roll band is an utter waste of time and money. By that's just me.

Best post ever!

I agree, everybody has his/her own tastes, so don't flame others. I'll get a PS3 but not a Xbox360 (I'll just get gears of wars on PC), but some others will rather do the opposite

RE: why
By cochy on 11/17/2006 1:19:51 AM , Rating: 4
Cause they want to flip it for $700-$1000 profit. That's why.

RE: why
By rushfan2006 on 11/17/2006 8:58:07 AM , Rating: 4
I agree with the guy who summed it basically by saying to each their own.

Hey what you do with your time is what you do with your time. You think its worth chewing up your vacation time, sick time or personal time on something like getting a PS3 - that's your business. I have to allow you that right, because this is a free country...doesn't mean I have to endorse it or even like it.

I enjoy movies, and concerts and I'm diehard PC gamer for many years (probably more years than some of you have been alive)....only one time in my entire life did I ever wait at midnight for a game to be released...I was like 14 years old and it was 11:30 at night anyway when we finally pasted by the Electronics Boutique and figured "what the hell"....can't even remember the game it was anymore (this would make more sense if you seen how many games are in my collection).

Anyway...I only think perspective is strange when....

1) Folks will CAMP out in torrential rain with high winds blowing for a game system, but less and less folks turn out to vote (and it doesn't matter what you are -- dem, lib, con, rep, whatever).....or how last month I went to donate blood and the line was hideously small.

2) People fighting huge brawls over a game system...then hearing the legit buyers having to have security escorts to their cars.......that's just screwed up.

3) 90% of everyone is hoping to flip the system....for supposedly $500-1000 profit....A) the people who pay that much for the system are either filthy rotten rich or B) out right insane. So anyway people say for their reasoning "dude because I'm gonna make $1000 on the system" they get all excited for months and months leading up to the event that is launch day...they probably organize with their friends on when/where they are going to camp out....use up time from work or play hookey from school....for $1000 profit potential....which does sound tempting.

I think to myself "funny if these guys put as much energy into savings and investing that $1000 profit would look like child's play"... ;)

Anyway to each their own...

RE: why
By Kanti on 11/17/2006 4:33:41 PM , Rating: 2
To each their own...until it starts to hurt others. These scalpers ruin the launches of systems, and force actual buyers to pay huge sums. That is predatory and exploitive, and NOT okay. There should be nation-wide laws against scalping (if we can agree that spamming should be outlawed, then scalping should be outlawed, these bastards will just have to actually work or create something to make their money).

RE: why
By Oregonian2 on 11/17/2006 1:35:12 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, doing it for the money is what makes it sad. I had done similar crazy camping in my youth for prized student basketball tickets (my school had college basketball's all-time best player David Thompson at the time). I lined up (a ways back, but they had a lot more than 20 tickets) a day in advance in 25 degree weather and still think it was worth it. But it was for the glory and the fun. Not for money (despite being in ownership of nearly none at the time!).

RE: why
By leidegre on 11/17/2006 1:57:18 AM , Rating: 2
I'ts a thing you do togehter with people who share your passion, that shouldn't be so hard to understand. While I don't care about it anymore, I once did, and have been camping outside places for movie-tickets.

RE: why
By thejez on 11/17/2006 10:03:38 AM , Rating: 3
you mean the passion to sell things on ebay?

RE: why
By peternelson on 11/17/2006 3:57:54 PM , Rating: 3
In a way I can even understand the common bond you share in camping to flip it on ebay....

Kinda like the original gold rush.

After initial selling, these people may well be back in a months time when more stock arrives to buy the console for keeps.

It's just an extreme experience, you might do with your friends, or make friends in the queue.

So yes, fellow ebayers may have that passion.

So long as things don't become polarised fights between the "I'm going to ebay it" and the "I'm a real gamer and want to play it".

RE: why
By Frank M on 11/17/2006 8:01:52 AM , Rating: 2
Well, it may be a lot of things, including too expensive, but overpriced isn't one of them.

I'm curious to see how many of these actually get sold to gamers, since it appears that most people are looking to flip them. If people don't buy the games, then Sony just lost a whole boatload of money.

RE: why
By peternelson on 11/17/2006 4:13:10 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody will ultimately own this console and not own either of:-

a) PS3 game(s)

b) bluray movie disks.

Either way Sony will make income from this.

RE: why
By MonkeyPaw on 11/17/2006 3:15:45 PM , Rating: 2
What I really wonder is why you'd camp in a huge line when each store will probably only have 5, maybe 10 units to sell. Unless they place limits on how many you can buy, the first guy in line could very well buy them all!

RE: why
By CascadingDarkness on 11/17/2006 5:30:43 PM , Rating: 2
Every place I have seen it one per. Which is why there was statements of people paying homeless people to wait with/for them so they could get more than one. Also, often times not everyone in line is buying there own. Four guys go together because they are going to split it. (or the guy buying it says hey, if you wanna play you gotta cover my back)

RE: why
By GhandiInstinct on 11/17/2006 10:05:43 PM , Rating: 1
RE: why
By crystal clear on 11/18/2006 2:39:19 AM , Rating: 2
eBayer bids $89m for PS3?????????????????????

Why-because the SKY is So HIGH.

Enjow it.

Campers? I thought they were homeless people...
By Masatomo on 11/16/2006 10:00:08 PM , Rating: 4
So I leave a Futureshop last night and walk by a homeless guy buried in blankets just outside the door. I think, "Wow, homelessness is so bad and so brazen now that homeless people are setting up shop immediately outside stores in out of the way places like this" and presumably begging for change.

But then a second later a young kid comes out of the store clutching some papers or flyers and slips into a lawn chair beside the homeless guy. He seems to be cracking a joke or something.

This is when I realize that these two guys are not homeless. They're the first two in line waiting for the PS3s to go on sale. In the rain.

It was weird coming face to face for the first time with such desperate nerdism. It's like a big psychology experiment.

RE: Campers? I thought they were homeless people...
By braytonak on 11/16/2006 10:04:44 PM , Rating: 3
I call it Pathetic, but that's just my own opinion.

By Brainonska511 on 11/16/2006 10:07:25 PM , Rating: 2
I thought there was a little comedy in there though, particularly the part about the man running into the pole.

By CrossFusion on 11/16/2006 10:17:11 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, that was golden.

By MikeO on 11/17/2006 4:07:22 AM , Rating: 2
I call it Pathetic, but that's just my own opinion.

Calling it pathetic would be the understatement of the year.

By Dragen on 11/16/2006 11:15:36 PM , Rating: 3
I uh, .. I just have one question....

How do you run in to a pole?

RE: wtf?
By L1NUXownz1fUR1337 on 11/16/2006 11:34:16 PM , Rating: 5
ah come on...

he must be a apple user.

RE: wtf?
By dauthi on 11/17/06, Rating: -1
RE: wtf?
By DigitalFreak on 11/17/2006 7:51:52 AM , Rating: 1
Did that one hit a little too close to home? Poor wittle baybee...

RE: wtf?
By glennpratt on 11/17/06, Rating: 0
RE: wtf?
By hubajube on 11/17/2006 6:39:11 PM , Rating: 2
How do you run in to a pole?
I thought that was pretty funny. All the fights and stuff over this is just funny.

RE: wtf?
By hubajube on 11/17/2006 6:47:50 PM , Rating: 2
BTW, where are those pictures from? Those lines are weak as hell.

Future Shop XB360 deal
By ninjit on 11/17/2006 3:48:51 AM , Rating: 2
The Canadian retailer announced that every store would carry a minimum of 10 PS3s, and those who wish to buy an Xbox 360 on November 17 instead of a PS3 would receive a $50 discount plus free copies of Gears of War and Ridge Racer 6 .

That's a pretty friggin sweet deal, considering the games alone are worth $60 a pop: So you're basically getting a $170 discount if you opt for a 360 instead of a PS3?

That would be a no-brainer for me, especially if you don't already have a 360 - and then just wait till all the PS3 holiday mayhem has blow over before even thinking of one of those

RE: Future Shop XB360 deal
By aos007 on 11/17/2006 11:00:57 AM , Rating: 2
And you know what... YOU ARE RIGHT. I live 5 minutes on Skytrain away from that Metrotown Future Shop featured there (I saw the line myself yesterday as I go to that shop several times a week) and today I woke up and went to their
website and saw the deal. It is a no-brainer (I wish the friggin' thing was
quieter but I am tired of waiting for a die-shrink refresh). I am just about to
go buy a coffee at Starbucks, wait a bit until those liners clear oup
(it opens right now) and then I'm getting my Xbiox360, go back home,
and I'll even be at work on time.

I am going Wii hunting on Sunday though.

RE: Future Shop XB360 deal
By glennpratt on 11/17/2006 3:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
I've had a 360 since Febuary and hears my opinion on the noise. It has everything to do with a loud disc drive, a little to do with loud fans and and nothing to do with heat.

Granted it's gotten down into the 60's here in Texas lately :), but my 360 isn't that warm after playing Gears of War all day. It's just the disc drive drones and the fans are louder then you'd expect for the amount of air they move. I almost think they would be less annoying at a higher speed. But overall, it's not that bad, any level of ambient noise drowns it out. And it quiets down while playing DVDs.

RE: Future Shop XB360 deal
By aos007 on 11/18/2006 2:43:05 AM , Rating: 2
And so I got it (360). Man, is this thing LOUD! It is borderline acceptable when not
playing a game, but when in a game... there's a reason most good games for this thing are FPS's, with many lound bangs and explosions... it's so that you can't hear the bloody thing itself.

As I was setting it up I noticed it lacks a lot of polish (batteries get in the way - and what's with using alkalines? no rechargeables?? DC-DC can work from 2.4V too, you know, Microsoft), a few counter-intuitive menu settings ("unrated videos are controlled separately" - yeah, except the setting is grayed out!), and an INCREDIBLY long user agreement for Live - I gave an honest attempt to read it all, and gave up after about 15 minutes - with probably 80% still left to read. You start the Gears of War, it claims it cannot save game because you're not logged into a profile - what's that, you MUST be online and have a live account to save a game in single-player (maybe not but that's what is sais)?! Wow, did this thing ever get out of the door way too early... I wonder how PS3 compares - based on some info this week, not too good (compatibilty, no 1080i etc.).

Here's hoping that Wii got it right. Hopefully they concentrated on USING the thing rather than cramming every feature under the sun in there (jack of all trades, master of none).

Friends gave up...
By bobsmith1492 on 11/16/2006 10:16:58 PM , Rating: 3
My friend's roommates went out today to camp out, but the places were all so packed they gave up and went to the bar instead. :P

RE: Friends gave up...
By HaZaRd2K6 on 11/16/2006 11:28:17 PM , Rating: 2
Hahaha, yeah a friend of mine back home (I'm away at university right now) has been lining up since about noon on Wednesday. Nuts, totally nuts.

RE: Friends gave up...
By thegrimreaper3 on 11/16/06, Rating: 0
RE: Friends gave up...
By peternelson on 11/17/2006 4:10:42 PM , Rating: 2
Well, done, and thanks for the live coverage.

Hope you get one.

Next time take a UPS system rather than a genny because they don't give off exhaust fumes.

why so much demand?
By thejez on 11/17/2006 10:16:38 AM , Rating: 1
I dont blame the poor people who wait in line to make some easy(?) cash... i blame the idiots who would actually pay so much for a game system on ebay. If people just stopped for a second and let logic grip them for an instant they would realize they will be overpaying for something that will be obsolete in a very short amount of time. Peopl say they will make $1000 profit? That means these will sell on ebay for $1700?? You could buy a brand new directX10 card, a core2 duo proc and the whole rig would cost you the same or less... and you know what.... the graphics will be better than ps3... and the games will be cheaper etc...

but people get caught up in the hoopla.. i think they see these lines and think "Oh Noes the Jones's are all gonna have teh ps3 and ill be left out of all the reindeer gamez!!" and they buy something they think will make them happy.... but in the end it will just make them fat.

RE: why so much demand?
By glennpratt on 11/17/2006 3:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
and they buy something they think will make them happy.... but in the end it will just make them fat.

Very true... everyone should keep that in mind during the holidays. Go ahead, buy something fun... but it WILL NOT MAKE YOU HAPPY. At least not truly happy, that you have to figure out for yourself.

RE: why so much demand?
By peternelson on 11/17/2006 4:29:46 PM , Rating: 2
"they buy something they think will make them happy.... but in the end it will just make them fat"

NOT necessarily!

The x360 will have an improved eye-toy camera.

Based on my experience with original ps2 eye-toy, with dancing games, burger frying, wave-your-arm kung fu, kick the ball soccer.......

Some of these actually keep track on screen of the number of calories you are burning by leaping around.

So if it makes you fat or slimmer depends what games you play. However, sitting 24 hours in the cold will likely pre-burn up plenty to pay for the first few days of couch potato first person shooting ;-)

RE: why so much demand?
By peternelson on 11/18/2006 7:11:40 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry I meant to say the new camera is for PS3 rather than x360, silly mistake!

More pics of the madness.
By n7 on 11/17/2006 1:04:26 PM , Rating: 2
These are from yesterday, a full day before the launch.

Edmonton Alberta shoppers camped up for two days the freezing cold too.

RE: More pics of the madness.
By Masatomo on 11/17/2006 1:09:33 PM , Rating: 2
Do you know how the one at West Ed went? I heard it got the most PS3s in the country.

RE: More pics of the madness.
By n7 on 11/17/2006 1:11:36 PM , Rating: 2
Could be.

I don't really care, since i wasn't able to get one due to other stuff going on.

I whored myself out for a PS3
By msva124 on 11/16/2006 10:54:35 PM , Rating: 5
So, I slept with the manager at Best Buy. What's the big deal? It has really good graphics.

Homeless people
By jmunjr on 11/17/2006 4:35:30 AM , Rating: 3
Yesterday about 8 or so people were camped outside Circuit City in the Galleria are in Houston. I thought they were homeless and tried to give each of them some dollar bills. They refused..

RE: Homeless people
By DigitalFreak on 11/17/2006 7:53:22 AM , Rating: 2
ROFLMAO! Good one.

The great white north?
By treehugger87 on 11/17/2006 12:46:04 AM , Rating: 2
I live in Canada, i'd like you to know that its not white. Ontario is no colder that new York or New Jersey and Vancouver is warmer than all of Washington state.

I don't know what the surprise is, people in Canada love their electronics just as much as Americans, not to mention the Japanese population in Canada is massive and most do love their sony.

RE: The great white north?
By Masatomo on 11/17/2006 1:31:24 AM , Rating: 2
If you claim yourself as a Canadian, then you certainly have a narrow view on your country's nick names.

Still not so strange.
By DOSGuy on 11/17/2006 2:44:13 AM , Rating: 2
I see that there are still people who don't understand that this situation is driven by capitalism rather than nerdliness. It says right in the article that many of the people intend to sell their PS3s.

As a person who is recently unemployed and carrying a good deal of debt, there was no way that I wasn't going to camp out for the opportunity to make a quick thousand dollars. Here in Ontario it was 16C (60.8F) and has been raining for days, so I slept all day and headed out at 11 pm to wait in line for a PS3. The lines were already long enough to sell out the systems at Best Buy, Future Shop, Loblaws (a grocery store that has an electronics section), and Wal-Mart.

In every case, people hadn't been waiting for more than a few hours when I got there. For the price of a few hours spent under an umbrella, I too could be the butt of jokes, and $1000 richer. All these people telling me to get a life would have been very hurtful. I would have cried all the way to the bank.

RE: Still not so strange.
By rushfan2006 on 11/17/2006 9:01:10 AM , Rating: 2
Well making a profit is all well and good, but when people are brawling in parking lots, "innocent" shoppers just picking up a system for the kid or whatever needing security escorts to walk them to their cars.....

There is NOTHING cool about that...and that is beyond "nerdiness".

By AppaYipYip on 11/17/2006 7:05:51 AM , Rating: 2
I feel very bad for these people. They need to get a life. It's no wonder obesity is an epidemic in this country when you see people doing stunts like this. Camping outside for a game system that is already!

RE: sad
By rushfan2006 on 11/17/2006 9:05:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'm a little surprised that so many store managers are allowing it, but then my brother made sense when he said "of course they allow it it brings attentiont to their store!!".

Die Scalpers Die
By Kanti on 11/17/06, Rating: 0
RE: Die Scalpers Die
By peternelson on 11/17/2006 4:33:32 PM , Rating: 2
This would be avoided if Sony launched their entire allocation direct onto ebay.

That way everyone could bit what they felt it was worth.

Scalpers would be kept out of the market because anyone willing to pay a premium would bid it rather than pay the scalper. Also would eliminate opportunist queuing at stores.

But where would be the fun in that?

And that would disadvantage those poor people who can't afford more than the retail price.

Right now the ability to queue kindof makes it a lottery and acts to redistribute wealth in society, if you believe that is a good thing or not ;-O

RE: Die Scalpers Die
By Kanti on 11/17/2006 5:15:16 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not as much for redistribution of wealth as I am for equal opportunity, and a level playing field. And that needs to be regulated. Some people will stoop to anything to make money (like spamming, lobbying, scalping, or the slave trade), and the rest of society needs to be protected from them. And so that profit goes to those who deserve it (in this case the game division at Sony), and so that your average person doesn't have to wade through a sea of idiots and 3000% mark ups just to get a stupid game.

And as is, Sony IS releasing it straight to eBay, they're just not making a profit off of it, A-holes are. And it isn't fair to those who either can't pay, or are smart enough not to pay such high prices. And it isn't fair to those who have some standards on how they make money (some feel the need to work, or create somethingto make money, not just exploit someone else's system).

Fairness aside, the fact is that it would benefit everyone if someone stepped in and put a stop to scalping (except for the scalpers of course, but, as I previously mentioned, they're A-holes).

And actually, releasing new products straight to eBay for launches might not be a bad idea, a lot of people would still be screwed, because the vast majority of rich people are not intelligent in the least (I speak from experience), and can't think of single charity that could better use the extra thousands of dollars they waste on a game system, but, at least it would screw over the scalpers, and that I like.

By msva124 on 11/17/2006 7:04:54 PM , Rating: 2
Just checked ebay and these things are goign for an average price of $1750. Wow. Get ten consoles, thats like $10,000 in your pocket. For most people that's an enormous amount of money. I can see why people are shooting each other for these things, and something needs to be done. Sony needs to take control of the whole black market by doing some kind of an auction system. A good 50% of these things are going to Ebay anyway so why not just call a spade a spade and do it that way to begin with. Much more civilised, and the people who want them the most can pay the most and get one. It might seem kind of exploitative for a company to do something like that, and it would certainly be unusual, but ultimately it is the most pragmatic approach.

Or they could just make more of the things, God forbid.

RE: unbelievable
By msva124 on 11/17/2006 7:08:20 PM , Rating: 2
Or forgo the auction and have a time-based pricing system. You want one on Nov 17th, it'll be $2000. A week later, $1500. And so on and so forth until the price goes down to the MSRP.

By pookie on 11/16/2006 11:55:19 PM , Rating: 3
I would say that this phenomenon gives new meaning to the phrase "get a life".

Around me...
By Spivonious on 11/17/2006 10:29:43 AM , Rating: 2
I read in the paper yesterday about a guy who paid the guy in the front of the line $1000 to switch places in line. The worst part: he's a 35 year-old retirement planner. Shouldn't he be a little smarter with his money?

RE: Around me...
By VooDooAddict on 11/17/2006 3:00:15 PM , Rating: 1
I think that's a great little story.

The retiement planner must have money to spare and wanted a PS3 day one. The dude must actually be a gamer or be buying it for someone special to him. He also proved that the first person in line was there to flip the PS3 and not play it.

Crazy mob in NYC store
By mrgq912 on 11/17/2006 1:12:10 PM , Rating: 2
I woke up this morning to a radio show on 92.3(NYC area). These guys took over after howard stern left. But anyway they were talking about the crazy PS3 lines.

They mentioned that at one store in NYC (i didn't catch the name). There were a bunch of people standing at the front of the store-pretending as if to not care about the PS3, and a line of people at the side waiting to buy the PS3.

Soon as the store door gates open the people just hanging around the door charge into the store. The people in the line get pissed and charge in as well. The store manager really didn't give a shit, as long he sold the systems. The people in the line were obviously very upset.

But the radio show host brought up a good point. There is no rule that says customers line up in front of the store to purchase a product. So the moral here is that the people who skipped the line and just charged in got a PS3 and many of the people waiting in the line did not. At times like these Alpha males always dominate over the thinking man. Sad.

RE: Crazy mob in NYC store
By VooDooAddict on 11/17/2006 3:04:57 PM , Rating: 1
If we lived in Chaos ... more power to them. However we live in a civil society with laws. I've seen people like that cause mini-riots on Black Friday. They should be prosecuted for inciting a riot. An example needs to be made. Unfortunetly untill some teenage kid dies as a result of these store riots no one will really force the issue.

This is the BEST.
By crystal clear on 11/18/2006 2:36:03 AM , Rating: 1

eBayer bids $89m for PS3

This is HISTORY in the MAKING.
SEE THE EVIDENCE for yourself.

RE: This is the BEST.
By Mels on 11/22/2006 11:22:06 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure the guy who thought he had it in the bag with a $79,999,999 bid, was knocked off his chair too.

scalping consoles
By knowom on 11/16/2006 10:48:47 PM , Rating: 2
This to me is kinda funny it's been happening in the US for awhile at least since the PS2 and alot like scalping concert tickets, but legal which is funny this is what happens when demand exceeds supply high end cpu's, video cards, cars, ect...all have the same basic principles behind them.

By encryptkeeper on 11/17/2006 11:32:52 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure Best Buy and Circuit City love having Hoovervilles in front of the store.

mS and free gears of war
By poohbear on 11/17/2006 12:25:11 PM , Rating: 2
i think MS can steal sonys thunder by continueing to offer special deals for ppl who buy 360s, like that $50 gift certificate AND gears of war for free. gotta love competition.

By UNCjigga on 11/17/2006 4:59:19 PM , Rating: 2
I'm dying for a Triumph segment on PS3 campouts! :)

By animedude on 11/17/2006 10:37:47 PM , Rating: 2
"The scene at Metrotown Future Shop at 4:30 p.m."

Exactly the time I am there, trying to line up...

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