Games retailer GameStop said today that it will not be taking PS3 and Wii pre-orders until it has a better idea of how many systems will be allocated to its stores; 1 million PS3s, 750,000 Wiis predicted for overall US launch.
smart move. They don't need to take pre-orders since they will be selling them all anyways.
and there will be pre-orders so that: a)The consumer can feel happy he has a guarantee of getting his product and b)Gives Gamestop & Sony a rough estimate of how many units will be moved. I find it strange how I could pre-order my 360 5 months before the launch (and what a heap load of mess it was getting it anyway) and it's now certified that most retailers won't be taking pre-orders until september....All I can see is a huge rush for a limited supply of PS3's and now with limited time to do so.
If they want to avoid one catastrophe of the X360 launch, then they NEED to make sure there's a deposit with pre-orders. This stops some jackass from walking in, buying the 5 consoles he pre-ordered and then flogging them on eBay.
So many people got screwed at the 360 launch, it's good to see them changing their policies.
More people will buy them just to put on ebay(like Me). But they will sell for like 5 times the retail price. Unlike the 360 which will be selling for under retail price!!
Buy a PS3, get ripped off!!
Buy a 360, get a great deal!!
People bought 360's after launch for over $1,000 so the PS3 will be doing the same, only difference will be that the 360 will be selling under retail this holiday!!
LOL...now you gonna get some ADD-ONS???
I can buy one and sell to make some extra money to get the Wii and 360 games? What do you guys think?
Since I can't see myself owning the PS3 anytime soon...
Its sounds like a good idea you should do that.
Youre not ready for the future or CHANG3 yet.
I was lucky enough to get a 360 on the day it released, and had to decide whether I should keep it or turn it over for a tidy profit.
I decided to keep it, and I'm glad I did. I didn't see another one available until March or April.
I see where you're coming from, though. If you weren't planning on keeping it anyway...hmmm.....
Ill be watching them closely....
If he thinks half of Sony's launch allocation will go to US he is eating dynamite! What about Europe, Japan, Australia, Canada? I would say more 500 000--700 000 for US launch.
First, Sony probably WILL send at least half of their systems to the U.S.-- The 360 is doing the best here compared to other markets, so they don't want to just concede this holiday to Microsoft. Also, the attach rate (# of games and accesories purchased) in the U.S. is higher that in other territories, so since Sony LOSES money on the system, but makes money on the games and accessories, they will want to sell the most systems here. And finally, with their blu-ray agenda, there is higher market penetration of HD TV's in the U.S., therefore more people who would be likely to buy and watch Blu-ray movies on the PS3, and since this is the MOST IMPORTANT aspect to Sony, they will ship more here, period. BUT, to go along with what others have said, a LOT of people are planning on reserving and buying a PS3 to re-sell on ebay for huge $$. To counter this fact is one reason EB/Gamestop is waiting to take pre-orders-- at most stores, store managers are putting together a list of long-time customers known to be interested in buying a PS3, and the will be called and offered a chance to pre-order a PS3 first. The deposit is looking to be about $150.00 down, to also discourage people who don't really want the system for themselves. At MY store, since I hate Sony and think they are a bunch of copy-cat money gougers, I have a list of 360 owners who I know are planning on selling PS3's to get money to buy all the good 360 games coming out at the end of the year, and will give them first crack at PS3 pre-orders. As well, there is a local group of 360 fans who have asked to reserve a PS3 system to destroy on launch day-- they are all chipping in like $50.00, and I have arranged to get them the first spot in line on launch day to get the first PS3, then immediately remove it from the box and destroy it in front of all of the other people waiting and hopeing they will get a system. They plan on videotaping it and putting it on youtube; apparently some Sony fans did the same thing with a 360 on its launch day.
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