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Retailer GameStop will be unable to fulfill pre-orders

With all the rabid anticipation surrounding the PlayStation 3, it may sadden many of you to hear that Japan will not be the only territory that will face a cut in its launch numbers.

According to a GameSpot report, North American retailer GameStop (who also runs EB Games) has received a launch allocation that is less than its number of pre-orders.

On October 10, GameStop took PlayStation 3 pre-orders, which sold out nationwide within minutes. Most stores limited pre-orders to eight units, which was based on original Sony estimates on availability.

Now, it appears that many GameStop stores will be unable to honor its "launch day" pre-orders. A GameStop representative confirmed this news, but had no idea as to the extent of the supply shortfall.

"We are beginning to notify our customers that our initial shipment of PS3 systems will not be what we expected," the representative said. "As this is not an ideal situation, we are asking employees to wait to purchase systems until the second shipment. We are anticipating having systems to cover reservations before Christmas."

Customers with PS3 pre-orders from GameStop can expect to be contacted by phone shortly to confirm the status of their reservation. Those who will be left out of the initial round on launch day will be given a consolation item of a free used game or DVD of choice valued at $19.99 or less.

This development will have a ripple effect on those who have sold their pre-orders on eBay with the condition that the item will ship on launch day. Many eBay bidders will be very unhappy to learn that the thousands of dollars they spent on a launch-day PS3 will be facing delays.

Update: Analyst Colin Sebastian expects less PS3's on launch day than originally announced by Sony. He says:

"We expect Sony to deliver 150-200k units to stores in the United States for the launch; consumers without pre-orders may find it difficult to locate an available system. We estimate sales of approximately 750k PS3s domestically by year-end. We expect a more robust launch from Nintendo, with at least 1.2 million units sold in the U.S. and up to four million units shipped worldwide by year-end."

Read more in this Gamasutra story.

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By zombiexl on 11/14/2006 8:24:57 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure what to believe....

6 (might be 8) circuit city stores have 100 consoles each for a midnight launch and then at 8am the rest of the circuit city stores open for walk-ins. Makes me wonder if there will be more than one at each store.

Walmart is advertizing 5 consoles per store. I don't know how many walmart's there are, but i see them like every exit or 2 on most highways.

Maybe Sony overcomitted to Gamestop, or maybe Gamestop over estimated their allocation. Either way to the consumer it looks like a shortage.

By xsilver on 11/14/2006 8:50:28 AM , Rating: 3
while you may be right it is hard to gain any credibility when you have froth spewing from your mouth and shouting like a crazy cat lady...

speaking in a calm collected manner would probably win you more friends.

On this issue, I would tend to think that the accountants at gamestop probably couldnt count the actual number that they had been allocated by sony and oversold on their preorders.

By zombiexl on 11/14/2006 9:08:24 AM , Rating: 2
Gamespot is reporting that Toys R Us's pre-orders will be met. I guess it was gamestop screwing up again.

By One43637 on 11/14/2006 12:55:49 PM , Rating: 2
i'm on good terms with a manager at a EB, and when i asked if they had any more trade-in deals going towards the PS3 last night he asked if i got a phone call regarding my reservation at the store i Pre-ordered. that's when i found out that launch numbers were cut and the unfortunate ones would be contacted to let them know they would not be receiving one this weekend.

so i was informed that barring any issues that cropped up with shipping, a la Gears of War, i should be able to pick it up this weekend. as it stands, i'm not sure how assured i am by that, but i guess it's only 3 more days away.

still it makes me wonder if they knew this was going to happen when they stapled that little disclaimer to your pre-order receipt.

and i guess this will be an example to people not to buy a pre-order receipt on E-Bay if they want a high demand item on launch day.

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