All of you that read Crunchgear know that today there was a promotion on Amazon.com offering $100 Xbox 360s. Starting 5 minutes prior to the promotion through 15 minutes after the promotion started it was practically impossible to get to the promotion page. Does anyone know anybody that successfully purchased the xbox for $100? I wonder how many they listed at the promotional price.
I had two other friends, constantly refreshing the page, as well as myself who had about 20 firefox tabs constantly refreshing. One would think that by the end of 2006 Amazon.com would be able to handle the onslaught of traffic. Maybe 30 million simultaneous visitors is one too many for the Amazon servers.
Oh well, congratulations to anyone who did get the Amazon deal. I think the likelihood of getting it was a high as getting the playstation 3 at retail price. Although, this time people didn’t have to wait in line for 4 days. Maybe Sony could have made a similar online launch rather than making people wait in lines. Probably wouldn’t have received as much hype though.
According to Engadget, there were only 1,000 Xbox 360s up for store. While that may be a lot to put on sale for one sale, it is nothing in comparison to the amount that were refreshing their browsers over and over.