On the early morning of Christmas Eve, I went to two different Best Buy stores looking for an Xbox 360 before good fortune took me to a nearby Toys R Us and I got a premium system. So far, my Xbox 360 runs great and doesn’t suffer from the reported overheating and scratching-of-discs problems that’ve been reported elsewhere (the fact that it was manufactured in December instead of earlier in the year probably has something to do with it).
But if you’re still looking for one, here are some tips after the jump.
- Best Buy reportedly had another large shipment this morning. Check this list versus the store locator to see how many arrived at your local store (i.e. the West Hollywood store apparently received 26 premium systems). Circuit City has an online product locator but it doesn’t seem to be completely reliable. Call to confirm that it’s in-stock before heading over, and they probably won’t hold onto it for you.
- Shipments can arrive at the brick-and-mortar stores in the afternoon and evening, and often times, the employees will put that stock on the shelves immediately instead of holding onto them for sale the following morning. So it doesn’t hurt to swing by various stores on the way home (not just Best Buy and Circuit City, but Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, and even Costco).
- Check out Ben’s Bargains Xbox 360 Tracker and this Fat Wallet thread periodically for updates.
- Check this how-to list (which entails downloading a software program called URLy Warning and bookmarking the aforementioned Xbox 360 Tracker).
I have a feeling that these steps are a mere dress rehersal for the Playstation 3’s release later this year.