My new Nintendo 3DS XL

I picked up a New Galaxy Style Nintendo 3DS XL at Walmart yesterday. The price was rolled back to $179.00 from the original price of $199. I’ve wanted to pick one up for a while now. I wanted one to use while waiting for Uber requests.

The problem is, I don’t have any games for it. I had a physical copy of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, but I cannot find it anywhere. It’s just gone. I tried to download the games I paid for through the digital Nintendo Game Store with my old 3DS, but it tells me there’s nothing to download.

I wanted to buy a physical copy of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It’s running $19.99 everywhere that sells it.

Target

My first stop was Target. They had the game, but there was nobody in electronics.

Toys R Us

They also had it, but like Target, there was nobody working in electronics. There was a sign saying if anyone needed help, to go to the customer service desk.

GameStop

They were selling a used copy for $18.99. I tried to buy it, but it was like the register area was at the mouth of a black hole. Time slowed down to a crawl. The employee wearing a beanie was helping someone do something that involved a going to the back of the store multiple times. There were two people in front of me waiting to buy a Funko figure. The other store employee was talking to them, talking about how he got his grandmother into watching The Walking Dead. I guess the figure was from The Walking Dead.

At that point, a woman and a developmentally challenged man came into the store.  The developmentally challenged man began making very loud noises. The problem was that I began having a mini-panic attack. The only thing stopping it from becoming a full panic attack was that I left GameStop. I just couldn’t take it anymore.

Best Buy

My last attempt at buying a physical copy of the game was at Best Buy. They had it in individual anti-theft plastic cases. This made buying it very easy. I bought it and went home.

What a hassle.  I think I’ll be checking out the Nintendo Game Store in the future. Even if my purchases disappear, it’s easier than going out in the real world.

 

Target puts nonexistent New Nintendo 3DS XL on sale

From Target’s weekly ad published today:
Target puts nonexistent New Nintendo 3DS XL on sale - Bent Corner
How is Target allowed to put something on sale they don’t have? Target doesn’t have the New Nintendo 3DS XL. They’ve been out of stock since Black Friday.

Here’s a recent photo I took at the Hagerstown Target. It’s the locked case that normally has Nintendo handheld consoles:

Target puts nonexistent New Nintendo 3DS XL on sale - Bent Corner
The Nintendo handheld console case at the Hagerstown, Maryland Target.

I could take another photo this morning and it would look actually the same. Target doesn’t have any New Nintendo 3DS XL consoles for sale. Target hasn’t had any New Nintendo 3DS XL consoles for sale for nearly a month. What does Target do? They lower the price of the non-existent game console from $199.99 to $174.99, saving the consumer $25.

If Target had any. Which they don’t.

If Target is going to place nonexistent products on sale, why lower the price only $25? Why not lower the price all the way down to $49.99? It’s not like they will have to sell any units at that price.

They don’t have any.

Target credit card breach included PIN data?

Reuters is reporting that the recent credit card breach of over 40 million Target customers included personal identification numbers, also known as PINs. If this is true, that would mean thieves would be able to produce fake credit cards that they could than use at ATMs to withdraw cash advances from people’s cards. Molly Snyder, a spokesperson for Target, said that no PIN data was compromised.

I believe her.

I just don’t see how PINs could have been compromised. According to the initial reports, the data breach included only swiped transactions, not transactions done online. This would indicate that the only information breached was information contained on track 1 and track 2 of the magnetic strip on the back of the card. The PIN isn’t on the magnetic strip. In fact, putting the PIN on the magnetic strip would defeat the whole purpose of assigning a PIN to a card.

A PIN is only used when someone goes to an ATM or a bank teller and takes a cash advance on their credit card. This can’t be done at the retail level. It’s why stores such as Target don’t even give you the option of getting cash back when you pay with a credit card like they do when you pay with a PIN based debit card. Cash advances are at a much higher interest rate then purchases and in most cases, there is no grace period. Interest begins to accrue at the time of the cash advance.

The other day I did some testing on my own credit cards to see what data is on the magnetic strip. I tested three cards, two Visa cards and a Mastercard, and read track 1 and track 2 with a MagTek reader. Track 1 contained the card’s account number, my name, the expiration date, a 3-digit service code that has to do with what type of transactions are allowed, and discretionary data, information used solely by the issuer of the card. Track 2 contained the same information as track 1, except it didn’t include my name.

I read on Wikipedia that discretionary data may contain the CVV2 or the CVV security code, but none of my cards had this.

Target allows a massive credit card data breach

If you’ve used your credit card at Target since Black Friday, you’ll need to keep an eye on your credit card statement to make sure there aren’t any unauthorized purchases. Target announced earlier today that they’ve had a massive credit card data breach. According to Target, the breach happened to customers using their credit and debit cards in U.S. stores from November 27 to December 15, 2013. The data breached included customer name, credit or debit card number, the card’s expiration date, and the security code, the three or four digit code either on the back or the front of the card.

It doesn’t make sense that if there was a data breach involving U.S. stores why the security code would be compromised. The fact that it happened in the physical stores and not online, would indicate that the breach involved only swiped transactions. When a credit card is swiped, the card reader obtains information from track one and track two on the card’s magnetic strip. This information includes the cardholder’s name, the credit card number, and the expiration date. That’s it. Track one and track two data doesn’t contain the security code. This code only appears physically on the card, either on the back, or in the case of American Express, the front. Furthermore, the security code is only processed on mail order/telephone order (MOTO) or e-commerce transactions. It’s not processed on retail, face-to-face transactions.

The fact that Target is saying that security codes were also breached would indicate they really don’t know what’s going on, they don’t know how the breach happened, and they’re just making stuff up.