I decided that I simply couldn't live without my DS Lite, so I decided to trade up the old-school non-Lite DS at Game Crazy for a shiny new Black DS Lite (they didn't have pink.) So I got all my loot totaled up ($90.52 in hardware and games), and said "I'd like that DS Lite," pointing at the one on the counter.
"Oh, that's our last one."
"Yes. I'd like it please."
"Well, we can only sell that as a "bundle" with that $55 pile of 3rd-party crap accessories you'll never ever ever want to use."
"I don't want any of that crap, can't you just sell me the DS?"
"Well, if we did that, what would we do with all that crap? Anyway, it makes the DS $5 cheaper."
I'm betting you can guess that I didn't play that game. Crap like that just makes me want to burn places down. They know darn well that these things are scarce, so they're willing to play on people's frustration, knowing that many of them will just give in and buy overpriced crap they're never going to use just so they can have the pleasure of buying what they do want to use. Geez.
So on went the quest for a pink DS Lite.
Here's a way-zoomed-out map of our travels yesterday trying to find one:
Each one of those legs had a handful of stores clustered relatively close together.
In case you're not familiar with the Portland Metro area, that's a lot of driving around. We hit at least 10 places, each one referring us to yet another leg on our wild DS chase. After hours and hours of driving around fruitlessly, we went to the one place that I knew would have black ones in stock and bought one there. The day before they had like 20, yesterday they had 3. No other stores we went to yesterday had any except that one lone Target. So now I'll have a black DS, and D will get the hand-me-down white one when Nintendo gets it back to me.
I kind of wanted to avoid the black one because it's got that same obnoxious glossy finish that Sony put on the PSP, ensuring that your toy will be in a constant state of overgunkfification. Unlike Sony, Nintendo thought of this and made the inside of the DS -- where all the buttons and screens are -- a matte finish, ensuring that they stay gunk-free. Yay for Nintendo.
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