Here are some of Andrew Mollenbeck’s takeaways from the shopping adventure:
- Timing is everything. The Wal-Mart location at which I found the Xbox One did not have it displayed. I asked an associate, who was unloading merchandise, if there were any in stock. He told me a truck had arrived overnight and an Xbox might be on it. The associate gave me one from the shipment before it even hit the shelves.
- Calling ahead has limitations. If a store happens to have a console in stock, it could well be sold by the time you arrive. Conversely, a store may not have a console at the time of your call, and one may arrive unexpectedly.
- The PlayStation 4 is the more difficult of the two to find, in part because it costs about $100 less.
- New shipments continue to arrive piecemeal. It may take lots of patience and numerous attempts to find what you’re searching for.