At least not in Santa Clara County California.
I drove over to Fry’s in Sunnyvale at 11:30am to get a case for a new cell phone and to see what the supply situation was for The Burning Crusade.
I wish they would let people take pictures in the store, because I could have shown the huge piles of copies right where you walk into the store. A 50″ project TV was next to that display running the demo reel for the expansion. Walking around the store I counted no less than four pallets of boxes on the sales floor in addition to the shipper displays that were around the store.
If no place else was, Fry’s was ready for the launch of The Burning Crusade.
In the presence of so many copies, I weakened and picked up a copy for myself at the full retail price of $39.99. I’ll be pissed at myself if the price goes down in the next few weeks. Given how many copies there were in the store, that might happen.
When I checked out of the store, the cashier laughed when he saw the box. He explained that people had been lining up since Sunday to get their copy of the game while here I was at 10 minutes to noon on the big day and I just walked in and picked up a copy.
I did not see anybody else walking out with a copy either. I compare this to the biggest sales day I have ever seen at Fry’s, the day when the original Star Wars Trilogy came out on DVD. On that day there was an ant-like stream of young-to-middle-aged men walking into the store, to bins in the DVD section that frantic employees kept refilling, and then snaking into line at the cashiers, all with the very same item in their hands.
How did stock look by you? Did you get a copy?