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Patrick Gilliam, manager at the Best Buy in Boise, said though the store didn't open at midnight, the customer service desk on Tuesday quickly took on the look of Christmastime with gamers coming to pick up pre-ordered copies.Game Crazy on Overland Road in Boise, which did have a midnight release, had about 100 people waiting to buy the game as early as 9 p.m. on Monday.
I say the biggest percentage is around the $2,000 to $4,000 mark," said Patrick Gilliam, general manager of Best Buy.FOX airing the game in HD has pushed many people to fork out the extra cash for a top quality viewing experience.So you could say this game served as free advertising for stores like Best Buy.While they didn't do any local advertising, store officials say they don't need to look any farther than their employees."Out of my 150 employees, I average about 110 of them between Boise State students or alumni.So that is my biggest advertisement are my employees," said Gilliam.One common myth is that if you buy a HD television you automatically get high definition, that's not the case.Gilliam says you always have to have a source, which can come through the cable company, Directv, Dish or an antennae. As a reminder, the Fiesta Bowl will be shown right here on FOX 12 on New Year's day, with a three-hour pre-game before kick-off from 3 to 6 p.m.
When Best Buy general manager Patrick Gilliam pulled up to his store at 5:45 a.m. Thursday, his parking lot was out of control.There were people with beach balls.Sleeping bags.Hackey Sacks."It looked like a beach party without a beach," Gilliam says.At 8 a.m., customers , some who had been there since Wednesday , would be allowed to line up outside the store for the PlayStation 3 video game console, which didn't go on sale until today.Gilliam stepped out of his truck and got mobbed."It was incredible," he says.After Gilliam had gone inside, customers began jostling for position.Then butting in line.Arguing.Pushing.Someone called the cops.When all was said and done, Boise Police hadn't arrested anyone.But to restore order, Gilliam threw names into a hat and raffled off line positions.Those people were instructed to show up at 7 a.m. today.They'll line up for the purchase of one of 26 units that Best Buy will sell at 8 a.m.Yet a handful of hopeful dorks remained in line Thursday morning, willing to freeze for 24 hours in case one of the raffle winners didn't show up, or a credit card was rejected."They're that desperate," Gilliam says."It's crazy."Massive PS3 shortages are expected throughout the holidays, despite the wallet-pounding retail price of $500 to $600.Gilliam expects PS3s to be even more scarce than Xbox 360s were last Christmas."It's worth $2,000," Gilliam says."That's the going rate.Between $1,500 and $2,000 is what they're going for on eBay."The scary part?A few hours after Gilliam got the PS3 debacle solved, Best Buy started getting calls about Nintendo's Wii, which goes on sale Sunday.The Wii console, which costs $250, should be easier to snag in time for Christmas.Best Buy already has about 50 units, and another shipment could arrive before Sunday, Gilliam says.But why stand in line?If you want a hyped-up holiday gadget, you can always grab a Zune player, Microsoft's supposed iPod killer.Best Buy had 25 Zunes when they went on sale Tuesday, Gilliam said.
Best Buy general manager Patrick Gilliam isn't a fan of extended warranties.But he loves service and replacement plans, and not just because they make money for Best Buy, he says.I believe him."If I quit this company tomorrow, knowing what I know, I absolutely would buy service plans," Gilliam insists.