Originally published on MySpace on April 28, 2009
Tomorrow is my youngest son’s birthday, and he asked for a Nintendo DS, to replace the one he lost last year. I agreed to pay for half since he lost the previous one, and off to Target we went tonight.
We arrive at the Target in Wilsonville and get Rock Star parking, which never happens at Target. The place is nearly empty.
My kids bolt from the car before I even have a chance to open my own door, and make a beeline through the front doors of Target, and straight to the Electronics section.
We quickly locate the Nintendo aisle, and the three of us stand there staring at the locked glass case, well stocked with Nintendo DS’s in red, blue, silver and black. Black?! Ooh new color.
We grab a friendly Target employee, because we know she has the keys to the Nintendo kingdom, and ask to see see “the black one.” It costs $50 more than the other DS’s and I want to know why.
I read the display card to my son, “It says it has a much bigger screen, a music player, and a built-in camera. Is that worth $50 extra to you?” I ask.
“I don’t know,” he says, then turns and looks at friendly Trarget employee Lisa. “Can we open it up and see it?”
“No,” she says. “Once we open them we can’t sell them anymore.”
“Okat,” I say, “Do you have one on display we can see, so we can compare the screen size?”
“No, we don’t have one on display,” she says. “But, let me see if I can open this without damaging the packaging.”
My son’s eys light up as we follow Lisa to the counter. She carefully lifts the tape with her fingernails, careful not to rip anything, opens the box, pulls out the documentation, and pulls out … a blob!
“Uh, that is not a DS,” I say. “What is that?”
“Oh my gosh!,” she exclaims. “It’s a rock covered in black electrical tape! I don’t know how this could have happened.”
Someone had purchased the DS, taken it home, removed the DS, and replaced it with a rock that weighed exactly the same as the DS. It was covered in black electrical tape so it would look like the black DS, just in case the person at the returns counter actually opened the box and looked under the documentation.
Can you just imagine buying that for a birthday gift, and seeing the disappoinment on the kid’s face when he opened the box up to find a rock!?
Needless to say. Lisa was happy to open every other DS we wanted tp look at.
My son ended up choosing a regular silver DS, because the “much larger” screen on the expensive black DS wasn’t actually that much bigger.
Oh, but the story doesn’t end here. As we checked out we saw this on the counter:
I looked at Lisa and said, “This just isn’t your day is it?”