This particular blogger thought she had a fool-proof plan. Instead of camping out at Best Buy and sending a friend to camp out at Hastings, I found a way to order my birthday present to myself through RadioShack.com. I checked the site thousands of times before placing my order, re-reading the line that said "Order now to be shipped 11/19!" I was ecstatic.
A few hurried minutes later, credit card clutched in sweaty hand, I got an email confirming my purchase. Now all I had to do was wait and laugh at those camping in the freezing cold. The heavens had smiled upon me.
The next morning, I awoke concrete-ass syndrome free and in the comfort of my own bed. Gleefully I went to check on the status of my order only to see an e-mail in my inbox that made my heart sink:
Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for shopping with us at www.RadioShack.com. Your business is important to us.
We regret to inform you that we are unable to complete your order.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the product was inadvertently placed on
the website in a "Pre-sale" status. We have subsequently removed the
product from our online catalog.
We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience.
What?!? What?!? A million curse words echoed through my apartment. Here I am, a mere two days after launch and I find myself Wii-less. No one in the
great state of OK has one and I refuse to give those thieves on eBay that much money. I am forced to occupy friends' houses and drool at their systems or look at pictures my fellow bloggers have posted. Thanks, Radio Shack. Thanks. Next time you guys are going to try and jump on the launch system wagon, be prepared. If my business, along with everyone else's, was as important as your e-mail says, you would have been on the ball.
Am I angry? A little. Is it completely their fault and should they be condemned to a fiery pit filled with Sony products? Maybe. But in the end, we all make mistakes and it takes too much energy to be mad all the time. While I may be Wii-less, I am also patient. It won't hurt anyone if Link saves Hyrule a few days late.