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Walmart Stores Have PS4 In Stock, But Won’t Tell You: Stockpiling for Black Friday?

Finding a PS4 nowadays may be a real pain, if not almost impossible through traditional retail chains, but those coveted consoles may just be hidden behind the safely locked doors of each shop’s storerooms, at least at Walmart, as DualShockers found by digging up the retail chain's store finder code.

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Majin-vegeta951d ago

I know the wal mart in my area does.Since my friend is in charge of setting them up for Black Friday benefits of having knowing people in that area ;p

Abriael951d ago

Surprise surprise. Thanks for the confirmation :D

isa_scout950d ago

Yeah, I think Gamestop is doing the same thing. My dad went to Gamestop yesterday to see if they had any in stock, and surprisingly they did. However, they wanted $950.00 dollars for a PS4. They said it was called the Ultimate Bundle and that it came with all the launch games, but something tells me they drove the price up so people wouldn't purchase it until Black Friday.
I picked up my PS4 at launch so thank god I can just skip out on Black Friday this year. I'm a grown man, and yet Black Friday is one of the few things that just scares the shit out of me. Bunch of crazies running over eachother just to save a few bucks.
Last year a 60 year old woman acted like she was going to shoot me over a friggin Drill gun...Seriously

ThanatosDMC950d ago

The giant HEB is also doing the same.

Thatguy-310951d ago

Looks like a South Park episode is brewing.

Majin-vegeta951d ago

If there is one South park episode to watch its that one xD.

cl1983951d ago

It also depends on what they are required to have on hand for the sale, sometimes they only get a few in at a time, and if each store is guarantied to have 4 on blackfriday, then they have to hold back at least those 4 to avoid false advertisement suits.
(quantity purely made up)

GuyThatPlaysGames950d ago

To avoid this problem of trying to find one, you all should have......*wait for it*........ PRE-ORDERED/RESERVED your PS4 at Gamestop!

NobleTeam360950d ago

You do realize that there was a limited number of per orders right? not everyone could get one pre ordered since they all sold out on launch day anyway.

GuyThatPlaysGames950d ago

@nobleteam360 Well whose fault is that? It wasn't a secret that the PS4 was coming out. Early bird gets the worm.

frostypants950d ago

I wouldn't buy a console from Walmart even if they had the only ones in town. Screw that place.

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TheUndertaker85951d ago

No, no they really don't.

Walmarts in my area have none left. They've been gone since launch. Further, Walmart apparently doesn't know what numbers they need to stock. Even for launch Walmart stores only had 15 extra units tops.

Abriael951d ago

The fact that they tell you that they don't doesn't mean that they don't.

TheUndertaker85951d ago

No, the fact that my fiancée, aunt, uncle, and cousin all work at Walmart stores tells me they don't. My fiancée also took care of the initial launch patrons, setting them up with goodies for participating in the launch and getting them set up with their preorders or launch night purchases.

She also confirmed with another few stores in the Northern Colorado area when her store ran out of stock.

NukaCola951d ago

Gamestop is the same way. All PS4s are being held until Black Friday.

fanta_claus950d ago

I work in the electronics department at my store. We initially had 29 preorders and only about 5 extra units that sold out on launch day (XB1 only had 8 preorders apparently). We did have 40 more on order for Black Friday, but they haven't come in yet. They're doing the same for the XB1s when they come in, but yeah, corporate said we can't sell any more that come in until BF because they are marked for that occasion. Same with all the TVs and even games. We're about completely out of sellable stock for Skylanders Swap Force and Disney Infinity because of the pre-black friday sale going on this week, even though we have a bunch more in the back marked for Black Friday as well.

Also, I read someone say something about the stores automatically placing orders. It's partially true, but the department managers and higher ups have the ability to manually order items as well because the automated system doesn't necessarily order enough items or fast enough. My manager had me go through some things and place orders on lows and outs that haven't already been ordered beforehand.

Rockefellow951d ago

They can tell you whatever they want, but do you really think they don't have any in a deposit room in the back, waiting for black friday or some ad push before the holiday?

Just because you don't see them and they tell you there are none doesn't make it true. Hell, I can't even remember how many times I've tried to buy a new game at Walmart the day it came out, only to have the employees tell me they "didn't get any" or flat out denying it exists. It just happened to me yesterday with Super Mario 3D World-- they claimed it never got shipped, but I had called the day before to see if the store had any, and was told they did.

tl;dr Never take what they say, or what you see, at face value.

FamilyGuy950d ago (Edited 950d ago )

I can 100% confirm that all Walmarts will have PS4s in store for black friday. They get them before the actual day for obvious reasons so yeah, they do have them in stock, they just aren't for sale yet.
My walmart got 36 PS4s initially (23 were pre-orders), those sold out and their second shipment of PS4s came in on the 21st. Much lower volume though, not sure how many there will be total but 3 that I know of came in so far.

Initially and electronics associate told me there were more coming and would be there on the 22nd so I figured they were to compete with the X1 launch but as it turned out they were marked for "Blitz" which is what Walmart calls Black Friday (they think it's more politically correct or something) so they couldn't be sold.

Any way, point is they do have them, they just can't sell them because they're in the black friday ad so walmart marks them so they aren't sold till then, even though they aren't being discounted. cl1983 probably has the right idea of why, if not then it's to attract more customers. I know DriveClub was still shown in Ads and no one sued for "false advertisement" on that though.

SpideySpeakz950d ago

If you walk to the backroom where all the inventory is at, you can see a big cage right behind the electronics section (depending on the layout). The PS4s and Xbones should be in those cages.

I work overnight at Walmart.

mediate-this950d ago

Actually walmart computers stock their stores them selves. Learned that in marketing class

itBourne950d ago

yeh I have a friend that works there, I got one he wants one, and he says they have a ton, but they are being stockpiled for black friday...

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Soldierone951d ago

Whats the purpose behind this? Just stock maybe 20 for Black friday just to say you have them, but its not like there won't be a crowd as is without them.

Whats the difference between selling them now, and selling them to crazy lunatics on Friday?

I mean come on, its just one more thing people need to line up for and hope to not get shot over.....

Abriael951d ago

Probably to match the guaranteed stock ads for black friday.

FamilyGuy950d ago

Last chance to guarantee getting one before christmas at retail price perhaps?

If they just sent them to the floor there'd be no guarantee, at least with black friday the first people in line will get the opportunity with confidence of knowing that they're there.

Soldierone950d ago

Not really. Instead of coming across one, you have to go sit in line for 3 days and skip Thanksgiving, hoping Ebay flippers don't buy them all before you get in. Then if you do manage to grab one, you have to hope you don't get trampled or robbed on your way home.

FamilyGuy950d ago

So you're comparing my facts with negative possibilities and assumptions?

There's no necessity to sit there 3 days in advance, it's possible some might do that but not a fact that they will. They might have the spot in line rotated amongst a couple family members so no one person completely misses Thanksgiving anyway.

Getting robbed is also unlikely, it happens, but in comparison to all the people that make it home safely you'd have a better chance at winning the lottery. Millions shop while maybe 100 or even a couple hundred actually get robbed on black friday.

Soldierone950d ago

Really want to argue about this? Are you new to black friday? "You don't need to stand in line" are you serious?

And to add to your "facts" local stores here report injuries and issues EVERY year. Have you ever been to a store on Black Friday when people stampede for this stuff? Fights literally break out about who touched it first.

Like I said, have 20 just to say you have them, sell the rest to people that come across them so they don't need to put up with this. Whats so hard about that?

Like I said, the crowd will be there anyways, they don't need One and PS4 to compete for it, its black friday. If people don't line up for PS4 they line up for the TV on sale, what difference does it make? tat was my point, stop twisting it please.

Khajiit86950d ago

Obviously the people in charge of us sheep must love that.

FamilyGuy950d ago

I said "wait days in line" and yo change it over to "wait in line"?

I say that not many people "get robbed" and you change that over to "reports of injuries and issues".

These are not the same things and you down me for starting an argument yet here you are deflating my point.
It's not that bad and it's not a big deal. That's all I'm trying to say. I've been to plenty black friday sales and worked at retail stores during black friday multiple times, you're blowing the situation out of proportion based on a few bad occasions.

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Jacktrauma951d ago

My local one has 12 but not for sale until Black Friday so im SOL lol

skoorydook951d ago

Excuse the ignorance folks but what exactly is black friday ?

Only really heard of it as the butt of jokes on American TV shows.

brew951d ago

Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. In recent years, most major retailers have opened extremely early and offered promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth Nations.

skoorydook951d ago

Ah right got you, prob could have found that out pretty easy via google but thanks

BlakHavoc950d ago

Did you copy and paste that straight out of wikipedia? Lol jk.

extermin8or950d ago

if it's anything like the boxing day-new years sales here then what they do is offer one or two good deals, raise the price the week before only to drop it to slightly under it's price a month beforehand and then they call it a sale.

Soldierone951d ago

Funny one of the most ruthless days of people buying more and more stuff falls on the day after we give thanks for what we already have.