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
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
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.