Since last week I’ve had this undying urge to buy a game console. I’ve been reading reviews watching game trailers and raiding forums to find out the perfect fit for my requirement. Based on games/price/graphics I chose XBox 360. Good job Microsoft. (You can’t imagine how surprised I am to say that!)
Anyway, since a week or so, Microsoft and some big retail chains (Landmark, Croma, e-Zone etc) have been running a Diwali offer on the XBox 360 core. You get a free 20 GB HDD (Microsoft charges 5.5k for this!) and a cool wireless controller free with the normal package. I checked with e-Zone for this on Thursday and they said that the offer will run for a week more and I can come and buy on weekend.
Come Saturday and I visited the e-Zone Koramangala all excited to get my new XBox.
Me: (Playing around with the XBox demo) “Do you have the Diwali offer right now?”
Sales Guy 1: “Yes Sir, We have the Diwali offer with us, it’s a great offer, you should buy.”
Me: “Ok, then get me one.”
Sales Guy 1: (looking surprised) “What, Sir? ”
Me: “I want to buy an XBox Core model. Please get me a box.”
Sales Guy 1: “Oh ok sir, I’ll see.” (Looks here and there finds a few empty boxes saying XBox Diwali offer and runs to another guy)
Sales Guy 2: (Comes and looks at the same boxes and starts whispering to the first guy)
Me: (Is this the first time anyone has asked for an XBox!)
Sales Guy 1 & 2: (Call another guy who comes and starts playing on the XBox demo and whispers something to the other 2)
Sales Guy 2: “Sir, wait for a few minutes, we’ll get the XBox from inside.”
(After some 5 minutes)
Sales Guy 2: “Sorry Sir, we are out of stock.”
Me: (WTF!) “Not even 1 box, you said that you have the Diwali offer?”
Random Sales Guy 4: “Sorry Sir, we’ll get stocks next week.”
Me: “Will they have this offer?”
Sales Guy 2: “Yes Sir.”
Random Sales Guy 4: “No Sir.”
Me: (Crying over my pathetic situation) “Yeah right, I get it.”
And, I left the store without an XBox cursing my lucky stars. Now it turns out the offer is officially over in all other places (Landmark, Croma etc) but e-Zone guys have been extra lazy not to remove the offer banners or even check their inventory!
I finally got the XBox 360 Diwali offer from HomeTown in Marathahalli. Wait for new XBox related woiks coming soon!
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