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How do you spell "extortion"?

The best story about the Xbox 360 "shortages" comes from San Francisco, where over 150 people lined up overnight at the Best Buy downtown. At 10:00 pm on Monday night, at store closing time, the staff appeared and addressed the huddled mob. They would only have twenty Xboxen for sale the next day, and - regardless of the fact that more than 20 people had already put down a deposit on a pre-order - anyone who was waiting in line and was willing to pay in full immediately would have one of those twenty waiting and reserved for them on Tuesday morning.

The catch? The precious twenty Xbox 360s would only be sold as part of a "deluxe package" including a whack of accessories and a few games, for $999.99 U.S. Plunk down your thousand bucks now, suckers, or no new toy for you.

And yes, to nobody's surprise, 20 morons stepped up and dropped a cool grand on the spot. Why? No fucking idea. The mind, as they say, boggles.

Posted: Wed - November 23, 2005 at 05:07 AM