Dick’s is down. Customers wishing to get bargains on Xbox 360, PlayStations and games for $1 were disappointed as its site suffered a crash this morning.
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“The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later,” was the 503 error message on Dicksmith.com.au today.
However, the site now appears to be back on track, but is still not operational citing “high website traffic volumes.”
The $7m game clearance includes – 250GB slimline Xbox360: $100, 320GB PS3: $199, Nintendo Wii: $129, Sony PSP: $40, Assassins Creed 2 (Xbox360) $5, Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii): $15, Need For Speed The Run (Xbox 360): $10, Halo 3 (Xbox360) $5.
Read: Dick Smith ‘$7M Game Clearance’ Monday, $100 Xbox, $40 PSP
However, it appears many customers who went to the bricks and mortar stores today were also left bitterly disappointed (and empty handed) with many of the goods listed on sale including games not stocked in-store, according to reports.
“Due to the popularity of today’s Dick Smith gaming sale we understand some customers did not get what they wanted and were disappointed,” a spokesperson confirmed today.
Some “stores sold out of some products within the first hour and the Dick Smith website received an unprecedented volume of traffic,” the spokesperson added.
And it appears Dick’s own staff got the pick of items to purchase before they went to the general public:
“Speaking to a mate who works at Dick Smith said most of the staff got consoles before the stores were open this morning,” one commentator wrote on Gizmodo’s website.