The first time I've played with one was when one of my mom's friends came with her son's one, a zebra shell v3. I had loads of fun with it. I don't remember if it was my first time seeing a tamagotchi or if I already was excited with seeing them on adveristements on the W.I.T.C.H. magazines or on tv, but I still fell in love with it. I instantly wanted one for... I think Christmas? Or birthday? I'm not really sure. So I asked my another mom's friend (I call my mom's friends aunts, btw.) for one. I was promised one then.
But one day we were at a mall and we were walking around Empik (I'm pretty sure it's a polish store, correct me if I'm wrong? But there they sell CDs, books, magazines, novelty items, games and some most popular toys.) and I see a small display with tamagotchis. There weren't many shells, there probably were only "clear soda" ones, but it didn't bother me too much. Somehow my mom decided to get me one after all, even though they were like 33$. So yep, few days later I got my another v3, a white with flowers one from my aunt, and therefore began to be a coolkid with two tamagotchis at third grade. I think I even started the fad.
Anyway, I still have the clear soda v3 and it's working perfectly- it doesn't have that much of an damage like an old electronic toy normally would. Only the "tamagotchi" logo is a bit faded and there is a small "hole" on the bottom of the screen- I was so angry once when I couldn't win the game of bump that I bit it. Yeah. Also the screen was pretty scratched overall but it's already fixed with displex.
I've never reset this version since third grade though, it still has my old friend's tamagotchis on the book function... The memories...