It took me forever to get a gamecube.
I ended up taking my entire Atari 2600 collection, 300 nes games, and about 25 snes games as well as a bevvy of controllers and randomness to a person with a used game shop and bringing back a gamecube, a neo geo aes, and a single slot mvs cabinet and about a dozen aes and mvs games on top of some other crap I was looking for (ogre battle, panzer dragoon saga, conkers bad fur day, etc.). Dollar for dollar it was as close to an even trade as I could figure. They needed inventory and I got to cherry pick. This was 2002 - 2003ish, probably a good year or two after the cube released.