Remember those Kinect launch day stock fears? If you've had a last minute change of heart and decided you do want one of Microsoft's motion sensing cameras after all, you can still order a Kinect for launch day delivery from GAME's website.
Now that MS have upped their estimation to 5ml its no surprise that stock allocations have increased. They are gonna need to keep it in stock if they want to reach their target.
LOL. Yes... no wonder they just suddenly came up with new stock on release after all the hype of it being built up because they didn't have stock initially. It's amazing how they were just magically able to create some new boxes out of thin air. C'mon, it's marketing. Good marketing. It was a planned stunt to get people interested in the product through the hype of it being sold out. It's kind of a given that Kinect will sell well. There's no way you invest $500m and it doesn't in today's market. But let's be truthful about these 'stock shortages' at the least.
that GAME is located in the United Kingdom where Kinect has yet to launch right? Wait, why would I expect a fanboy to be intelligent enough for that.
@FordGTGuy What does that have to do with it? Many retailers have said for quite some time that Kinect was sold out, or was going to have limited stock - the GAME near me has had a sign up for about 3 weeks saying stock is limited. And yet just before launch MS suddenly find a load of Kinect boxes just laying around in a warehouse??? GAME will have known for months their allocation. So either: a) MS have been withholding stock to create buzz and demand b) GAME were asked by MS to hold back pre-orders until close to launch c) MS have reallocated stock from another retailer to GAME d) Kinect has less pre-orders than we were lead to believe, so there's a surplus of units d) MS have magically managed to produce thousands more Kinect units overnight, and already sorted the logistics of getting them to retailers Pick whichever you think is most plausible, but if you go for d), congrats - you're a 360 fanboy
Call me a fanboy all you want, but I've yet to have anyone explain to me how this isn't a marketing stunt. Hell, even Sony did it with the Move it was annoying as hell. But, when Sony did it, 360 fans agreed with me. Now that Microsoft is doing it, 360 fans call me a fanboy. Ridiculous.
Kinect "back" in stock? I think they mean Kinect was "never out of" stock. I guess the US sales have been slower than hoped by MS so they're shipping over the unsold boxes and giving up the "lack of stock" marketing ploy... r.
Your were clearly stating that after release that they found a way to restock stores, that is the bullshit part. They haven't released it in the UK yet, in fact it doesn't release until the 11th, all they did was increase allocations to the amount of preorders that could be taken at GAME. As of right now the stores in America are still sold out until their stock is replenished in a week or less.
So, FortGTGuy, next time I can't relate to the initial release of a product, I have to relate it to just in a specific region? My comment still stands up. The initial hype is over, stock will become available worldwide now. Microsoft produces X amount of boxes for initial stock. Stores are told how many they will get in order to take pre-orders. They don't receive boxes until one or two weeks prior to release, if even that long in some locations. Now, we've known for about three weeks now that stock has been an issue. It takes a long time to manufacture, package, and ship boxes to their destinations. Yet, Microsoft was able to increase the quantities of stock right as the product was released (in NA) in all regions. Even Amazon.com is mentioning that more stock is incoming in the next week. It's the same thing they did with Move, only Microsoft does it ever so much better. They do it for two reasons. First to create hype due to demand of a product which gets others interested in a product that people must really want if the 'unknown amount' of current stock are sold out. Second, and just like with the Move, people end up buying the more expensive bundles for the product. ***As of right now the stores in America are still sold out until their stock is replenished in a week or less. *** Exactly. How can Microsoft suddenly create stock for the American release in its first week and not at the same time have stock for regions in which is hasn't been released yet? They can't. Stock hyping only works if everyone is out of stock, but since they aren't doing a worldwide release (which would have been so much more beneficial for Microsoft), they can't do that with each regional release.
When your talking about a gaming store located in a region where the product has yet to launch than yes you have to be region specific. They didn't stop making Kinects they are constantly shipping them out to all regions. Simple it released yesterday in the United States meaning that all the inventory that was being held in America is now sold to customers. It takes a while to ship across the world and if they are being built in China it would take at least a week for it to reach its destination in either America or the United Kingdom. There is no reason for a company to skip out on sales, creating artificial demand doesn't really drive sales as much as you think they do. The Wii sold because it was a Nintendo console with a new look at gaming that attracted a wider audience.
hey omega what do you think of this http://www.gamespot.com/new... Or do you think that is ok too! Judging by your avatar you might be missing out on some features. That ain't right. Kinect fails.
LOL shopto.net have said all retailers have got low stock in UK so that's clearly not the case so quit with the crap Omega4. No doubt people have dropped there pre-orders for whatever reason OR GAME only took a few pre-orders at first until they found out there allocation and when they finally got there allocation added the extra stock to website.
Sales are gonna go thru the roof. Its gonna be hard to find one this holiday
It's pretty easy right now, my local best buy had about 50 console bundles and about half as many standalone Kinects. But there wasn't one setup to try. It was just the regular 360 display as well, nothing to indicate anything new except a small Kinect sign. The PS3 Move display is the first one you see when you enter the gaming area so they don't seem to really be pushing Kinect much. The pile of Kinects has nothing to attract people that don't already know what it is. When Move launched they had it set up for you to try and had someone there demoing the product, I had expected the same for Kinect.
Good to hear I'll be getting it tomorrow after work. Can't wait
I live in Florida and I was only able to get the one I pre-ordered way back around E3. I asked, they checked, none left. Not saying there wont be any to find some places. I could get a rain check they said or whatever. They were saying they didn't expect there to be enough in stock to just walk in and find one until next year. Good luck to those that can find them, I was hoping to surprise my little bro with one for Christmas.
I think it's gonna sell bucketloads in the US this christmas holidays thanks to that 1/2 a billion as most of that will go on the US. It seems the UK however like the rest of the world are not really interested unlike the US. Partly down to MS not dominating here as much plus less money spent on ads.
before people get word of mouth out there to put a monkey wrench in the advertising. Since they upped the forcast to 5 mil sold this holiday I'm going to have to assume they have 5 million ready for sale. Because let's be honest, the only thing that sounds remotely okay about the device is the hand gesture menu control. Microsoft already has the voice command stuff in Ford cars, but there it's not a bad idea because people are actually doing something when they use it - it's called driving. Using voice to try to control a video game system is so lazy I'm insulted and I have to be the laziest person on earth so this comes from the authority.
as I commented.. there are no constrained parts with Kinect... they will be readily available over time... we aint talking about a new console, its a camera + electronics...
GAME: Kinect is out of stock. Average Joe: Wow, it's sold out, it must be really popular and cool. GAME: We now have Kinect back in stock. Average Joe: Derp, me go buy this now and I be cool. 8P This is nothing more than a marketing ploy to crate as much hype for something that MS hasn't got all that much faith in.
It aint back in stock in the GAME I work in :/ We got our delivery today for Kinect and all the xbox bundles and i have to say im a little worried as the stock is extremely limited. I was having to tell my customers today that if they wanted to rpe-order we could only guarentee they would get it by christmas, not even by next week :O
which game store,just that in merryhill where my mate,s the manager has this to say.no deposit no order.game just losted 31 miliion this half year and are not stocking it due to it might be sitting on shelves.as he states there,s no shortage its a case of little pre orders.the buyers have made this clear,also they exspect a lot of returns because of the setting up and space issues
Im at the GAME shop in Glenrothes in Scotland, pretty small town but we have had quite a lot of pre-orders and after the nightmare of finding where to hold all our Black Ops and Kinect deliveries we got today we all realised, including the manager, that we have actually been given very few Kinect Sensors. We were planning a midnight launch in our store that we have had to cancel so that we can stay loyal to those that preordered :)
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