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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 Hakuryu on 11/14/2006 1:27:41 PM , Rating: -1
Let's look at the facts.

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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.


Sony estimated 8 units per store, for one of the biggest games retailers in the US which includes Gamestop and EB. They operate 4500 stores, and if you only estimate 2 per store not being delivered, then that amounts to 9,000 PS3's that the US market will not receive.

If we were talking about locally owned Mom and Pop's game store that were denied 10 units, then I agree that the title of this article would be misleading. We are seeing a possible shortage of 9,000+ units however, which is alot of consoles and it is perfectly reasonable to equate this amount of shortage with a shortage for the US overall.

Like another poster mentioned, it was interesting Japan sold 8,400 more units than were supposed to be available, and now the US is being shorted almost that exact amount.


By peternelson on 11/14/2006 4:47:15 PM , Rating: 2
Brandon if that is genuine then it is a big story.

All I get is "Database error:
The database has encountered a problem." so maybe the server is suffering the slash-dot effect.

If NA only gets 200-300K instead of 400K, there will be many more disappointed than 9000 at EB.

That's what I would call a real news story and would justify the original title!

Hey, maybe they had a change of heart and decided to send us Europeans some 100,000 PS3 for Xmas (joke).


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