Earlier this evening, I stopped by two different Best Buys in the D/FW area. Both were holding midnight launch parties for Microsoft's Kinect. I expected decent lines- North Texas is a wealthy place, and people here spend silly amounts of money on home entertainment gear. Here's what I got at the first location:
That's right- no lines, less than a half-hour before the big opening. I popped in a Pogues CD and sped a few miles down Highway 75, towards the next Best Buy. It was in Plano, one of the wealthiest suburbs in America. Surely some folks would be stocking up for the Christmas season or decking out their McMansions?
When I arrived, two people were packing new Kinects into their cars and one person was walking out with a box. I flailed at the doors until the manager let me inside. He said "like five" people had lined up to purchase a new Kinect that night.
I drove back to Dallas and checked in at the first Best Buy. The doors were locked and employees were cleaning up inside. This time I couldn't get them to let me in. I did manage to snap the above picture of their Kinect display though- looking completely untouched.