HERKIMER, NY — If you want to take advantage of Playstation 5, you are not alone. Nationally, it is considered one of the most sought after holiday gifts of the year.
Aaron Papalao waited 21 hours in front of Herkimer Gamestop to try to get to Playstation 5. A few days before Black Friday, Aaron received an advertisement for his phone from Gamestop. The small print guaranteeing each store will have at least two of the consoles in stock.
The stores didn’t pre-order the consoles on Black Friday, so he came first served first.
“The PlayStation is a terribly sought-after gift this holiday season. With the way the pandemic is going, I thought maybe I would make Christmas a little special for my son and my brother and I would get a couple,”
Papalao, who had missed the whole Thanksgiving with his family, brought a small mattress in front of the store and set up camp for the night. He was first in line. He said about 40 others appeared a little later. Some wait for 18 hours. Papalao said that when the manager arrived at the store on Black Friday, 5 minutes before the opening, he put a sign on the door that the Playstation 5 was sold out.
Aaron, obviously disappointed, went to the manager for answers. Papalao said the manager told Aaron he didn’t have any. Papalao then called other Gamestops in the area for answers.
“I contacted the store in Rome, the manager was unavailable and I talked to his assistant. He reassured me that if Herkimer told me they didn’t, it was a lie,” Papalao said.
NEWSChannel 2 also asked the manager of the Herkimer store for the Playstation 5. He told our reporters that he did not want to go into details, but they should be sent.
Other stores that report shipments from the gaming system may not go to certain stores due to demand, even though they are advertised that way.
Papalao said he would not give up and vowed to take up the Playstation 5.