Stranglehold Vs. Halo 3 Vs. Shipping Issues

September 5, 2007

Store: GameStop
Location: St. Louis, MO
Employee Description: Surfer Dude and Older Woman
Submitted By: Ed Button

I walked into my local GameStop today to snag Stranglehold on release day (what can I say, I wanted the faceplate), and asked Surfer Dude at the counter if I could get a copy.

“Oh, we haven’t got that yet. Our computer says it’s been delayed until the 17th.”

“…the 17th,” I asked. I keep up with gaming news all the time and had heard nothing of this delay.

Older Woman chimed with: “Yeah, we’re horribly sorry. It turns out Midway wanted something to compete with Halo 3.”

I was stunned. No way could something like Stranglehold compete with the Halo 3, possibly the most anticipated game of the year. “Sooooooooooooo do you wanna pre-order a copy of Halo 3,” Surfer Dude asked. I said no, and that I’d be back. Then I left. I’ve never had an issue with EBuncolandStop. All the people that have worked at them have been nice and polite, and dare I say it, knowledgeable, so I was quite shocked by this statement.

I called the EB about a mile down the road and asked if they had it.

“No,” the guy says, “our computers say its been delayed until the 17th. From what I heard from corporate, it’s been pushed back because Midway had some issues with the shipping.”

A 13-day delay because of shipping?

“Well, your website says its out now, and so does everywhere else,” I said.

“Well, I checked Best Buy before I came in today, and they don’t have it,” he said.

After getting off of the phone with him, I call Best Buy.

“Yeah do you guys have Stranglehold for the 360?”

“Yes sir, we have it.”

5 Responses to “Stranglehold Vs. Halo 3 Vs. Shipping Issues”

  1. edb87 Says:

    Awesome. Thanks for posting my story!

  2. twistedtech Says:

    Yeah I was about to say that I was at Best Buy yesterday and they had it. Maybe the people at the GS headquarters got confused by it being delayed for PC and PS3 so they jacked it up in their computers.

  3. David Says:

    More then likely it was on the shipment that day and the people you talked to hadn’t gotten it or hadn’t gotten to it yet. People are just stupid sometimes.

  4. xidragonxi Says:

    Not to defend ignorance on their part, but the PS3 version WAS delayed until 9/17. They’re obviously confused/misinformed.

  5. mafafu Says:

    I bought it (360 version) from my local Gamestop yesterday. From experience, this sounds like a shipping screwup within their district. They should have told the truth, instead of jerking you around.

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