Adventures in Madison

So today I set out to Comp USA to get that nice little GameCube bundle they had advertised in the paper. Details:
1 Game Cube
1 eacho of Extra Controller, memory card (51 page), extension cable for controller, surge protector, rf adapter, and cd case….all by “Hip Gear.”
Cost: $205 – 50 price reduction – 25 instant rebate – 31 mail in rebate.
Anyway so I’m in the store and I look at the quality of this “hip gear” and note that it isn’t all that hip and the price of the accessories purchased separately does not equal the extra $105 that they were charging for the bundle to begin with. So, in other words I would be paying an extra 31 dollars for 31 dollars worth of crap and then wait for that money to come back in the mail. In fact the only accessory I’d use there was the extension cable for the controller, and I’d rather not deal with the rebate. So I said, “no way” and didn’t even buy first party stuff from them cause I didn’t like their prices or their advertising and just didn’t want them to have my money.
Onward I went to Best Buy. I got the platinum colored cube, a $5 extension cable, a 251 page Nintendo memory card and a $45 open item game boy player (score!). Then I was accosted by a sales person who told me I would not be able to sleep at night if I didn’t purchase their 2 year warranty for $10. I pondered this and after he showed me some cheap games and left, I headed for the checkout. I was still undecided on the warranty and figured I’d get it if the checker brought it up, since I didn’t have enough will power to say no at that point.
But in flies Manager man who pimps the same warranty, politely informing me that the “remote” would also be covered…incidentally there is no remote with my Gamecube, so I guess I’ll just send in my broken TV remote and say that the manager said my remote was covered. The checker who was 1) in the know, and 2) my age noted that if my controller ever went bad (even if it’s cause I threw it…this guy must have anger management issues…) I could get them to cover it. So yeah, there was extra charge 1 for the day: $10.
Next I drove on over across the street to the mall and stopped in Game Stop for some used game action. But it was then that I recalled Paws’s urging to go to EB for my gamecube due to some $40 game merchandies certificate or something. I panicked since I didn’t even know for sure if Madison had an EB and I didn’t want to go back and do a return to Best Buy and I couldn’t find a phone booth….so I wandered in to Gamestop/Software Etc.
Employee: “Can I help you find anything today?”
Me: “Yes, if you don’t mind me asking a really weird question.”
Employee:”Sure what is it?”
Me: “Is there an EB in Madison.”
Employee: “Yeah, in the East towne mall…though I can’t let you leave now.”
Me: “Nah, it’s okay, I’m still gonna buy something.”
Other employee: “I like that.”
So I looked for used games and then was accosted by the “I like that guy” who asked me what games I’d been playing (I told him of Disgaea’s leetness to which he seemed very excited) and asked what I thought of the upcoming Final Fantasies. I told him FFX-2 is more of the X world, so I’m up for that. And that I was a FFXI beta tester so I’m down with that too. And then he tried to get me to preorder…to which I said, “It’s Madison, like we’re going to sell out.” Nevertheless I asked for pricing and then found myself looking at the FFXI mouse pad…..you can see it yourself. But I did figure guaranteeing a copy for $5 wasn’t a bad idea. And then I noticed URU boxes in the drawer of the mouse pad. Uh hello, URU’s out soon? Gimme! And no less with preorders you get a free copy of the 10th anniversary dvd set of Myst Riven and Myst III. That’s worth the cost of the game right there. Riven on DVD = better movie quality and rare. Booyah! So there went another $5. Oh and FFXI’s preordering scored me a “nifty” mousepad that doesn’t even work with optical mice.
Then I was like what one game should I pickup for cubage? The resounding answer? Zelda. So, $39.99. That lead to checkout time. Where Gamestop sells you this card for $10 that gets you 10% off used games and a GameInformer subscription with coupons. Considering it contained a coupon for 10% off a used game, when combined with the card it netted me $7.60 (10% then 10 more %) of savings, meaning I paid $2.40 for the card…which was acceptable seeing I’d need more used GC games in the future. So second extra charge? $2.40.
Then I trekked across the city, taking the scenic route to East Towne mall recommended by a coworker that in my opinion also made the trip take twice as long as just looping around on the beltline and Interstate. But eh, I got there and my driving skill for Madison went up a point. Yay for me.
So I wander around the mall and make every incorrect turn possible before finding EB (making me nervous since for some reason I felt I hadn’t locked my car and was going to lose my Gamecube and stuff). I walk in and puruse the flyers on the wall and ask the salesman and find out that I’m apparently insane as there isn’t a $40 merchandise credit thing. But only these two offers:
1) Trade in a PSX, N64 or Dreamcast and 7 games to get a Gamecube for 49.99 –hah, I want all my old games/systems so no go there.
2) Get a free game with a Gamecube when you buy a crappy $7 51 page 3rd party memory card. No not a good game, you get to choose from Minority Report, Shrek Extra Large, or NCAA 2K3. –pfffffft
So I asked, “Do you have any used ones?” Indeed they did for $80 (Gamestop charges $69.99 for their used systems and $79.99 for refurbed. But no EB’s weren’t refurbed but they did come with a 6 month warranty for an extra $8) So it was $88 for used with 6 month warranty vs. $110 for new with 2 year warranty that I had already bought and even covered my “remote.” I didn’t see a big enough difference there to bother going back to Best Buy and I didn’t want to think about it anymore and so I left and drove home via the Interstate which I really do think was faster. So yeah I lost 40 minutes+ in travel time for no seeable benefit except the driving exp. Oh well. And Paws, I blame you. ;p

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