lol, theSource's quote makes the whole thing sound soo much shadier then it actually is.
even without the student thing vgc still undertracked the 360 and was off on just about everything else as well. and in all honestly, those free 360's should be counted. consumers spent money and ended up taking a 360 into their household. if that doesn't count as a sale then what does?? i can "understand" how vgc might not have the data to see this but at the same time not having that kind of dramatically, significant data only serves to highlight why vgc's tracking method keeps failing to be within their supposed 10% margin.
Yeah it does come across pretty dramatic doesn't it? Promotions, etc. are a common affair and giving away a freebie a neat way to push units with something else - pretty sure Sony have pushed PS3s for free with HD TVs a few times for example.
Going to be interesting to see what adjustments are made and how the site decides to deal with the additional units - recognize the sale or chose to disregard it.
Try to be reasonable... its easier than you think...