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I finally got an Xbox 360, my tale of dissipointment...

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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Jimi C

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Posted January 27 2006 - 07:25 AM

So, yesterday I was in Target when i saw them. 3 Xbox 360s behind the locked glass case. It was sort of an impulse buy, as I wasnt expecting to see them, but I had planned on buying one eventually. So, $500 for my 360 premium and a game and im out the door. My buddy who was with me bought a game and NHL 2k6, (he planned on buying the system with his tax return, i tried to talk him into buying one that day, no luck).
So, since my friend had to go into work for a few hours, i decided to spend some time with my girlfriend untill opening up the box. 8:30 my friend finally returned, we sat down and started to open the box. The first thing i did was flip open the little slot on the top to expose the serial number. "This is odd", i thought, the serial number isnt there. I continued onward, not overly concerned. The Target seal on the box unbroken, i pulled my keys out of my pocket and tore it down the middle, flipped open the lid, and in horror began to rummage through the box. Opened! Every bag in the box was ripped open! The controller had grease stains on it! The xbox chrome parts covered in finger prints! The manuals and demo disks nowhere to be found! This was a USED Xbox!
I ran too the door, threw on my coat and headed for Target. The customer service girl didnt really seem to beleive me. But, offered to let me exchange it anyway. She called electronics to ask them to bring me another one, but, of course. Out of stock! A stock clerk walking bye overheard and said "No way, there were 6 of them a few hours ago." He called again, and confirmed that all 6 had been sold.
So, I was left with 2 options, to return it, or try again to exchange next week. If it wasnt for the fact that my friend bought a controller i would have just gotten my money back. But, I really wanted to play some 360 mdden on the projector. So back out to the car we went. When i came home and hooked it all up I see that half of my harddrive is full of media. Porn videos, and crappy punk rock music. What i was looking forward to the most, my free month of Xbox Live is expired, used by "FrankieMuf".

This sucks. I just dont understand it. This console had obviously been used. What was the motivation for returning it? It was obvioulsy planned out. Why would he have had the forsight to not break the Target security seal otherwise?
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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Jason Kirkpatri

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Posted January 27 2006 - 08:22 AM

The better question is why would you keep a used item?

Sorry about your experience, but you need to return that box and exercise some prudence. It all come together eventually.

#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Jimi C

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Posted January 27 2006 - 08:30 AM

The woman in the customer service department said i can exchange it anytime in the next 90 days for a different one. I dont plan on keeping this one.
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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   JamesED

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Posted January 27 2006 - 11:36 AM

I had a similar problem with getting my DS at Target. They were the only place I could find with a Blue DS, but it was an open box item. I was actually returning an unopened silver DS, so it was either stick with silver or go for blue. The DS had absolutely no signs of wear (including the touch screen), though the other guy had setup the DS profile with his name.

I have no regrets keeping the open boxed item. If I couldn't really tell someone else had messed with it, I didn't care. I do wish they wouldn't put open box items back on the shelf and sell them like they are new. They should just refuse letting the person return it.

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   James T

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Posted January 27 2006 - 02:30 PM

If the system works perfectly, I would just ask for a discount refund back. But if you're sure you can get a brand new premeium, and that makes you happy, then go for it. You might even luck out and get an updated Xbox 360 by then.

#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Jimi C

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Posted January 28 2006 - 08:04 AM

"You might even luck out and get an updated Xbox 360 by then."

Thats exactly what i'm hoping for, and the main issue I have with keeping this one. I was expecting this to be a fresh from the warehouse Xbox. This one has a build date of 12/16. Ive read that anything after January is considered "2nd gen", and that alot of people already purchased ones with build dates as recent as the 2nd week of January.
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Posted February 13 2006 - 04:06 AM

I remember when the PS2 wasn't out in HOlland yet, like almost a half year we had to wait for it. So i decided to go look for an American PS2, i found a shop here who were gonna sell US PS2's, but at a ridiculous high price...as crazy and hyped as i was i decided to buy it.

I came home from work, saw a van leaving my street, a van that brings packages, packages too big too handle for a normal postguy, so i was like "OHHH YEAHHH, the PS2 is at home now" and yes...it was the case. But after i turned the system on and saw SSX playing on it i noticed the screen was black&white(grayscale) so i turned it off and checked some things...i clicked the power button but the PS2 didn't turn on . I called the shop, they told me i was gonna get a new one from them and i return the broken one to them....only problem was they were out of US PS2's and months followed where i heard bulls**** from them that the PS2's were supposed to arrive at the store butnever did...allkinds of nonsene, when the PAL(European) PS2 finally released, i didn't had my US PS2 at allyet...then i decided to get my money back with alot of hassle and bought an PAL PS2.

But that all was one big nightmare.