Last Friday I realized my lifelong dream of IPad 2 ownership. Ok, a little over the top maybe, but this thing is freakin’ sweet! Magical even? In a previous post I mentioned my afternoon of panic trying to find one that ended at Wal-Mart. Now that the reports are pouring in of the huge demand versus the even bigger shortage, I’m realizing the small miracle that I got one at all. Never mind two!
So how did I do it? In my case it was really by a last ditch effort. Very ass-backwards. But it got me thinking of ways to up the odds of sweet victory. Follow along children.
1) Make the calls. I know it sounds obvious but by taking the time to call all the locations you are willing to trek to, you can glean some useful information. For example, of the local two stores I frequent, only one had any. 10 as a matter of fact. The other store not five miles away had no idea they were even supposed to be selling them! That didn’t make a lot of sense to me. What was even weirder was a Wal-Mart 20 miles away in the middle of nowhere had two and mentioned nobody besides me had shown any interest in buying them. The last piece of info a call will provide is when the UPS or Fed-Ex truck will show up.
2) Be willing to stay up late. This goes back to delivery times. Most deliveries occur during off-peak hours. Have you ever been to the mothership at 3:30 in the morning. It’s an epic experience. You, a cashier, and a skeezy guy with a floor buffer. By this time of night the folks there are in a real “stick it to the man” kinda mood. What that means for you is that they’re going to be a lot more apt to hunt the stockroom to find your precious. Even better is that they’ll likely give you the inside track on when the next shipment is due in. I once had a guy offer to text me when an item I was hunting came in. The old adage holds true here, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Of course there’s always the flip side that you get stared at like an IPad stalker freak for lurking the store at this hour. But hey by now you’re desperate right?!