Monday, November 23, 2009

I may have gotten a bit too excited. But it was pretty cool.


Is there some sort of toy shortage this year?  Because, honestly, everything I intend on buying is impossible to find.  I even left the comfort of my own home to go and browse the toy aisles hoping to find things that are unavailable on the internet (or have seriously inflated prices).  Between the H1N1 shots and these ridiculous toys I am a bit tired of spending my days searching.

So, yes, I have all the browser alerts working for me.  Yes, I’ve subscribed to notification emails when available.  And yes, I am using Twitter and Facebook where I can.  I was able to score one of the impossible toys using these methods (yippee!!).  But the others seemed more challenging.

There was one* in particular that was driving me crazy.  I’d get the email, I’d go online, it would be gone.  Again, same thing.  And again.  I was beginning to wonder if it was ever in stock.  I was trying to get it from the Toys R Us website.  Have you been?  Their pages load a bit funky.  The beginning of the page load displays the “Add to cart” button but once the load is complete it removes that and displays the unavailable message.  I tried to use my software troubleshooting/trouble-making knowledge to sort of trick it.  And guess what?  IT WORKED!  I managed to trigger the “Add to cart button” for a supposedly out of stock item and it did add it to my cart.  And let me complete the purchase.  WIN!!  Plus, I got a purchase confirmation email with a delivery estimate.  Fingers crossed that it actually arrives.

Unfortunately, this method hasn’t worked with some of the other items but I’ll take whatever I can get.


*Yes, I am being vague.  But my kid already is very proficient with the computer, web browser and mouse.  Once she gets that reading thing down, I’m in trouble.