GadgetVicar Boy would like one of these for Christmas (an XBOX 360, not Bill Gates). We have been saving/selling blood/working hard to make it so. One was pre-ordered on the 17th September from Game. An email arrived yesterday informing us that he wouldn't receive one on the launch date of 2nd December, and perhaps not for Christmas either. This has created much angst in our household ('nuff said!).
What seems to be happening here is a clever marketing ploy by Microsoft: let demand outstrip supply, thus creating hype for their product. It's a pity that this doesn't work for churches: as more close down, shouldn't demand go up, as they become harder to find? Or, perhaps this is the tactic being used by leaders of some mainline denominations, and we just aren't smart enough to see it? The truth is out!
In the race to beat Sony's PlayStation 3 to market, Microsoft know that winding up the consumer (particularly young consumers who don't pay for stuff themselves), is a good way to market products.
Maybe we need to get back to giving each other an orange with a candle in it for Christmas - all this commercialism is a bit bonkers.