In 2001, the Game Boy Advance was released. I was pretty keen on getting one (and I did, as soon as physically possible), but before it came out I chased up a few places to find out how much it was going to cost.
I sent this to “Madeira Games” on the 17th March, 2001:
How much will the GBA cost? Is it a Japanese import, or is the preorder for
a UK machine?
How much are the games? When is it likely I will get a GBA if I were to
preorder it now?
Imagine my surprise and horror when I got the following reply:
GBA are due all next week , we have shipments on a few days next week
Price ¬¨¬£270 inc Mario and Fzero X
¬¨¬£270?! I’m pretty sure I only paid ¬¨¬£150 (from Lik Sang, IIRC) for mine in the end.