Well it turns out that there seems to be a few bad apples thrown in the bunch.
It seems like some of the "new" Dreamcasts being sold at Think Geek were not really new at all. (Probably returned items)
Ever vigilant wraggster from DCEmu alerted me to this in his most recent article after he read all about it in Gizmondo.
Gizmondo ran the article about the matter after they read one from the Consumerist.
The Consumerist ran the article derived from a Rumors article written at Destructoid by Nick Chester.
So lets run down the list.
Destructoid originates story.
Consumerist grabs story.
Gizmondo gets story via Consumerist.
DCEmu reads story on Gizmondo.
I read the story from DCEmu.
I knew a guy in college who was an extra in a movie starring Kevin Bacon! Yeah!
I hope this doesn't lead to people thinking that we aren't really on top of all the Dreamcast rumors flying around. I mean we were kinda in the top ten of the people who first reported this (At least we were when I first started typing this out).
All kidding aside the Think Geek Monkeys replied to the Gizmondo article with the following comment.
"Hello from ThinkGeekland!This was their response to the original Destructoid article.
Personally I did order a Dreamcast from them (Though I would have had seconds thoughts if I knew that Monkeys were processing my order...damn dirty primates.). It was in a beat up box that smelled faintly of bananas but it was NEW.
If I had gotten a used Dreamcast I would have known and I would have been a bit upset. But really folks. It's a console that's ten years old. You are always rolling the dice when you order stuff online. Still it looks like Think Geek is gonna back up their reputation and work with the people who got screwed over on this deal. It also looks like the number of people that did get screwed over might be very small.
-All Hail the Undead Console!
P.S. - In the article about ThinkGeek's response blogger Nick Chester used the word "Debacle" to describe the situation. It's my personal opinion it was more of a Kerfuffle or perhaps a Snafu.