Xbox 360: I thought that guy in the check-out line looked familiar

Just to illustrate a point, even execs at MS are waiting for stores to be restocked with Xbox 360 units in time for the holidays…

PCMag and Reuters reported today that SteveB is in the boat with many other employees are this holiday as they look for Xbox 360 systems.

“The Ballmer children do not have their Xbox 360 yet. I’m in the same boat as many of you,” Ballmer said. “Thanks to the wonders of Sarbanes-Oxley, management does not get a free Xbox 360.” 

In the same article, it notes that “Microsoft estimates that it will sell 5.5 million units worldwide by the end of next June.” I’m hopeful that some of that volume makes it to Redmond in the next couple of weeks. Many of my (non MS) neighbours are also looking for units, and they’re not necessarily eager to pay >$600 for a unit on eBay.

You can lump me in that bucket, too, as my unit is still on order with an e-tailer… but not with one of those charging upwards of $899. That, IMHO, is just wrong. I understand how a free market economy works, but there is a fine line bewteen that and taking advantage of the situation. A humble reminder (like they need one) to our Xbox team to replenish supplies at retail.