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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 Frank M on 11/14/2006 8:44:07 AM , Rating: -1
Funny, it sure looks like you care a lot.

By DarkPrime on 11/14/2006 8:48:42 AM , Rating: 2
It may be fair to speculate that there are reduced numbers shipping in the US, but that's all it is. Just because someone is getting less than they expected means THEY will have a shortage, not that there is a shortage on the whole.

Remember too that various news sites reported PS3 sold 88,000 units in Japan this past weekend when Sony said they were only getting 80,000. Maybe the shortage isn't as bad as people think.

By peternelson on 11/14/2006 10:14:44 AM , Rating: 2
More precisely, around 88400 in the first 2 days.

I agree with your point though. We won't know how many Sony ship until Sony ships them.

It will be Sony's decision how they are shared out, which shipments are delayed etc.

Here in the UK, Game has quite a good reputation for fulfilling console pre-orders, compared to some others. I don't know the US market, but it sounds like EB is the equivalent of some of those others who oversell then fail to deliver.

I don't really care, but like Michel I do care that titles reflect the true content of the story.

If Sony MIGHT ship less than 400K, THAT is the story, not that you KNOW Sony are going to ship less based on mistakes or surmising of EB. If you just discovered you will disappoint your customers, it's a whole lot easier to pass the buck and blame Sony than to hold your hands up.

By Arkham1 on 11/14/2006 12:30:58 PM , Rating: 2
Has anyone else noticed that they actually exceeded their revised 80K target number? Interesting.

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