Orderly PS3 launch for Best Buy Landmark

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For a change, here’s a PS3 launch that didn’t go bad. There were no maligned customers, no shoot-outs, no riots. Over at Best Buy Landmark, they reportedly were able to avert disaster for cancelling the midnight launch, thanks to their quick-thinking, and rather cooperative patrons.

Allegedly, people started lining up for the PS3 as early as Wednesday. By 11 p.m. that night, the store’s general managers told the people in line to figure out some kind of system, with which they could have at least a semblance of order on. He didn’t care how they do it, as long as they get it done.

The customers willingly obliged to the command, and they soon made a list and did roll calls every hour. Now, if your name got called and you didn’t holler back, then, unfortunately for you, you’d have to be ticked off the list. It was good foresight on the part of the manager to keep the list of the people in line, because by morning of the launch, the crowd had significantly ballooned.

With the cops helping out to keep the restless crowd in control, the midnight launch had to be called off by 3 p.m. Aware that the store only had 40 out of the expected 138 units, the manager then refers to the attendance list and began calling people’s names. Those who were called only had to come up, show some proof of identification, and paid for a ticket, which supposedly would be their reservation ticket for their PS3s the next day. As for the rest of the units, they were raffled off.

Now that’s being fair without having to put the poor waiting customers at the mercy of prank-pulling retail stores employees.

By the next morning,the remaining 98 units have arrived, and finally, the launch went well, and without further glitches. Now, isn’t that a better way of doing it?

Via joystiq

Landmark

For a change, here’s a PS3 launch that didn’t go bad. There were no maligned customers, no shoot-outs, no riots. Over at Best Buy Landmark, they reportedly were able to avert disaster for cancelling the midnight launch, thanks to their quick-thinking, and rather cooperative patrons.

Allegedly, people started lining up for the PS3 as early as Wednesday. By 11 p.m. that night, the store’s general managers told the people in line to figure out some kind of system, with which they could have at least a semblance of order on. He didn’t care how they do it, as long as they get it done.

The customers willingly obliged to the command, and they soon made a list and did roll calls every hour. Now, if your name got called and you didn’t holler back, then, unfortunately for you, you’d have to be ticked off the list. It was good foresight on the part of the manager to keep the list of the people in line, because by morning of the launch, the crowd had significantly ballooned.

With the cops helping out to keep the restless crowd in control, the midnight launch had to be called off by 3 p.m. Aware that the store only had 40 out of the expected 138 units, the manager then refers to the attendance list and began calling people’s names. Those who were called only had to come up, show some proof of identification, and paid for a ticket, which supposedly would be their reservation ticket for their PS3s the next day. As for the rest of the units, they were raffled off.

Now that’s being fair without having to put the poor waiting customers at the mercy of prank-pulling retail stores employees.

By the next morning,the remaining 98 units have arrived, and finally, the launch went well, and without further glitches. Now, isn’t that a better way of doing it?

Via joystiq

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