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A copy of the EB Games memo mentioning the upcoming Wii pre-order - Image courtesy GoNintendo
With hockey season in full swing and PS3 pre-orders on the way, everything seems just right in Canada

Canadian gamers who wanted to pre-order either the Wii or PlayStation 3 had to sit at the sidelines while U.S. GameStop and EB Games store took pre-orders on Tuesday. It turns out that EB Games were planning to take pre-orders in Canada the week after.

A notice posted today on EB Games' website explains:
EB Games Canada stores will begin accepting limited pre-orders for the PlayStation 3 and Wii consoles on Monday, October 16, on a first come, first served basis. Due to extremely limited supply, we expect to reach our limit very quickly, most likely in minutes. We will not accept additional pre-orders at that time. To avoid an unnecessary trip we strongly recommend you call your local store to determine availability. $50 CDN in trade or a $200 CDN cash/credit reservation deposit is required. As we cannot control production and shipping issues by the manufacturer, a reservation deposit does not guarantee receipt of a system available to purchase at launch. Reservations/Purchases are limited to 1 per household.
Those who would prefer to trade-in for a pre-order spot should look here for more details.
Will Canada suffer the same PS3 pre-order fallout as the U.S.? We'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, those in the US can start pre-ordering Wii tommorow, at least according to an EB Games memo leaked to the GoNintendo blog.  The memo specifically states "We intend to start taking Wii Reservations starting on Friday morning, 10-13-06. Customers will receive notification of this plan via email on Thursday, 10-12-06."

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North america
By shuttleX on 10/12/2006 7:21:48 PM , Rating: 2
If North America was going to get just 400,000 PS3, then how is that going to be split with canada. How many are they going to be getting of the 400,000.

I don't really care since I'm getting a WII.

RE: North america
By Le Québécois on 10/12/2006 10:28:29 PM , Rating: 2
Well since the US seems a have about 9 times more population than Canada, it would seems normal that the US should receives 9 times more PS3 than Canada.

But since we(I'm canadian) always have to pay more for everything here in canada except maybe for beer and maple syrup, Sony will probably ship a little more that what our respective population ratio would suggest just to make more money. So maybe something like a ratio of 8:1.

RE: North america
By PitViper007 on 10/13/2006 8:45:09 AM , Rating: 2
I thought you Canadians paid more because of higher taxes? I don't know, maybe I'm wrong. Wouldn't be the first time.


RE: North america
By Le Québécois on 10/13/2006 9:25:26 AM , Rating: 2
Nope, if I take the RTPE search engine of anandtech and look for The WD Raptor 150 Gb the lowest price I find is 195$USD after mail in rebate while the lowest I can find for the same product in canada is 289$CAD(254$USD).

And like you said we have higher taxes here (13.5% in Quebec).

But you can see that even without the taxes we pay a lot more than you do.

It's like that for every electronic products here.

Oh and forgot to add to my list(beer and maple syrup) that we pay way less for prescription drugs here...but that's about it.

RE: North america
By encryptkeeper on 10/13/2006 9:09:09 AM , Rating: 2
But since we(I'm canadian) always have to pay more for everything here in canada except maybe for beer

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Beeeeeeeeeer........

RE: North america
By Le Québécois on 10/13/2006 9:29:34 AM , Rating: 1
Yep...on that I get your point loud and clear :P . Not just that but the beer quality is way better up here too (not to insult anyones but unless you have some hidden secret beer I can't even imagine myself drinking BudWeiser or the like of it unless I'm forced to with a gun pointed at my head ;) ).

RE: North america
By Spivonious on 10/13/2006 10:11:59 AM , Rating: 2
Molson Canadian is the best beer in North America.

And yes you have higher taxes, but don't you get some UK-like things: healthcare, etc?

The higher costs make no sense at all. But then again, exchange rates make no sense at all either.

RE: North america
By Le Québécois on 10/13/2006 10:31:33 AM , Rating: 1
Molson Canadian is the best beer in North America.

You're not Canadian are you hey?

Molson does some pretty decent cheap beer for sure, but you won't find any REAL beer amateur/expert buying some molson anytime soon. You haven't tasted beer unless you've tried some of our best microbrewery.

Yes we do get almost completely free healthcare among many other thing the US would consider "socialist" but still for no reason I can think of we get an higher price for everything even if our $ is pretty strong now compare to your's : 3 years ago it was about 0.63$ and now its at 0.90$. So it make no sens at all that we pay more even without the taxes.

Another exemple is gaz. Last year when the price were sky rocket high you were paying something like 0.89$USD by L when we were paying up to 1.23$USD for it....even if we are one of the biggest oil producer in the world....(check wiki for more on that).

RE: North america
By Rollomite on 10/13/2006 10:47:42 AM , Rating: 1
Fat Tire from Colorado, and Bell's from Kalamazoo, MI are the 2 finest beers I have ever tasted made on American soil. I know the schwag guzzlers (MGD, Bud, Coors) will disagree with this. But anyone who truly enjoys a delicious hand crafted brew should check these guys out.


RE: North america
By Topweasel on 10/13/2006 1:17:15 PM , Rating: 2
Some semi home town beers mentioned there. I am from Lansing, but as much bells that gets consumed by East Lansing (MSU) it might as well be produced right here.

RE: North america
By Spivonious on 10/13/2006 1:28:37 PM , Rating: 2
Gah, Coors is tasteless water.

To the OP: what would you recommend? I'm always up for a good beer.

RE: North america
By Le Québécois on 10/13/2006 5:00:52 PM , Rating: 1
Well if I'm the one you are refering as the OP since I started talking about Beer in the first one. It depends where you live and what are your taste in beer(pale ale, Milk Stout, Stout, honey brown, dry, lite.....and many more).

If you live near Canada or in Canada, most of the sub-brands/companies that Sleeman has bough over the years are pretty good.

Go to and select the our beer section then go to regionals Brands. In those I would suggest to take a look to see if you see something interesting but for my personnal taste and since It was originaly a Quebec(I'm a Quebecer after all) beer company I would suggest to select a beer from Unibroue. If you live in the States and too far from Canada I would suggest you try you hand on a couples of Guinness, it take times to really like Stout Beer but it's really worth it.

One last thing worth mentionning but I think this News should be saved for posterity since it's probably the First ever news about Sony on Dailytech that turn into a Beer conversation in place of a Sony bashing party or a Flame War.

If PS3 succeeds ....
By RussianSensation on 10/13/2006 7:16:35 AM , Rating: 2
Did anyone ever hear of BMW coming out with 500 BMW 3 series coupes worldwide on launch day because of production issues?

Did anyone ever hear of Nike releasing 10,000 Nike Shox shoes worldwide only because they couldn't make enough laces?

The bottom line is consumers do not tolerate delays unless the product is an exclusive item that from the very beginning was never meant to be mainstream as in Ferrari Enzo or F430.

But here is Sony: "Hi, we ask you to pay $xxx extra for a PS3 that probably has quality issues at launch because we could only make 400k for all of North America and also if yours breaks don't forget to wait 6 more month to get a replacement. You want to enjoy 'gaming' as a hobby? Please don't buy 2 next gen consoles for the price of $50 more. Buy our limited edition PS3 because it has 1.5 year old graphics card for $600US."

Any other company's shareholders would have downgraded the stock to junk. Developing a product for well over 5 years and failing to deliver on the promises or production is unacceptable. Let's ask the Big 3 automotive firms who are constantly late to the market and completely misinterpret what the consumer wants. How are they doing?

The fact that Sony still maintains high brand identity and loyalty (somehow) is mind-boggling. I do not hate Sony, but I do not endorse or support giving money to management practices that in most other businesses would exert significant pressure on the manufacturer.

Apparently "smart" consumers simply choose the next best available alternative (i.e. than wait for 2 years for a jumbo jet A380 Airbus), but European buyers "do not mind" delays on a product they have been waiting for longer than half a decade.

If there was ever a brand that achieved "lovemark" status without justification, Sony would be atop of that list.

RE: If PS3 succeeds ....
By Master Kenobi on 10/13/2006 7:25:48 AM , Rating: 2
I've got to agree with you here. I don't see why this happens. When new things come out, they generally start production and stock up heavily before shipping the items out. It's like they are going straight from the factory to the stores as fast as they can, which is slow, very slow from the customer's standpoint. Sony should have waited, if they wanted to hit a november launch date they should have started manufacturing back in friggin March/June. Not starting this month. That's just a shitty shitty supply chain. Something Sony really needs to get squared away before it cripples them further.

RE: If PS3 succeeds ....
By PitViper007 on 10/13/2006 8:48:55 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, but for some reason, in the electronics market, especially with computer like products, crap like this is tolerated. Don't ask me why, because it doesn't make sense to me. Maybe it's because people don't expect this kind of stuff to work right. Can you say BSOD anyone?


RE: If PS3 succeeds ....
By Stafford on 10/13/2006 3:36:03 PM , Rating: 2
I'll agree that when it comes to game consoles, consumers can become fanatical and wildly irrational. At launch time, this fanaticism and irrationality is the strongest. And this goes for the 360 launch just as much as the PS3 launch.

But one reason that people aren't flocking to the 360 this year: Games. The 360 has only one exclusive game worth mentioning this season. Compare that to the PS2's lineup when the Xbox launched. HUGE difference. The 360 has some great stuff coming in 2007, but this year it's not very exciting.

Actually, if there's one console that should steal the thunder from the PS3, it's the PS2. That system has the best game lineup of them all this year.

I'm not preordering
By Josh7289 on 10/12/2006 7:06:30 PM , Rating: 5
I'm going to be a Wii, but I'm not preordering. Instead, I'll just line up on Sunday morning, November 19, at a big box retail store like Circuit City or something and just get one there. No point in missing a day of school to reserve the system if I can just get it on launch day anyway.

RE: I'm not preordering
By Josh7289 on 10/12/2006 9:14:49 PM , Rating: 1
be = buy


friday the 13th
By doughtree on 10/12/2006 7:02:19 PM , Rating: 2
hmm. . . I somehow don't see them taking any preorders on this day

By gramboh on 10/12/2006 9:22:13 PM , Rating: 1
Argh I wanted to preorder one and eBay it. Who can go on a Monday morning, don't people have jobs/school? I'm too busy at work to go in late, damn oh well.

RE: Ugh
By h0kiez on 10/13/2006 8:15:50 AM , Rating: 1
Yes, but when they're going for 2K, it's worth a half day of PTO ;-)

Show me the money!
By MikeO on 10/13/2006 7:24:56 AM , Rating: 2
$50 CDN in trade or a $200 CDN cash/credit reservation deposit is required... ...a reservation deposit does not guarantee receipt of a system available to purchase at launch.


In other news, MikeO to begin taking PS3 preorders as of now. Email me for payment info. $50 per reservation, no limit. I'll have your console ready at launch. Or don't. No refunds.

By Arkham1 on 10/13/2006 11:52:09 AM , Rating: 2
It was news to the EBs I called yesterday about the announcement. They hadn't heard yet, and suggested following up today/weekend, or just take a chance and show up on Monday morning. Ha. We'll see about that.

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