Originally created 11/23/05

No, Billy, you can't have an Xbox 360

Looking for an Xbox 360? You're not alone.

People are calling all over Augusta for Microsoft's latest video game console, Circuit City customer service representative Kurt Kauffeld said.

Calls streamed in all day Tuesday, the day of its release, but the Augusta Exchange store was sold out minutes after the store opened.

Best Buy at the shopping center is sold out, too. So is the Evans Target, and EB Games in Aiken, and pretty much everywhere else that sells electronics.

Sure, you can get one off eBay, but prices were listed Monday upwards of $1,000 each, more than double the $399 retail price at most stores.

At Circuit City, die-hard gamers lined up at 7 p.m. Monday just to get in the door Tuesday for one of the 21 units the store received from Microsoft, Mr. Kauffeld said.

Most officials say they don't know when more will be in. Mr. Kauffeld said there might be some Dec. 2, but he's not making promises.

The Xbox 360 is a video game system boasting online capabilities, a DVD player and a compact disc player. Microsoft has conceded that an ambitious plan to launch the console worldwide within a few weeks will mean fewer consoles initially in North America, the Associated Press reports.

You can always ask Santa, but you'd better have been really good.

Stay tuned for more holiday panicking next year, when PlayStation 3 is expected to debut.

Reach Tony Lombardo at (706) 823-3227 or tony.lombardo@augustachronicle.com.

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