Limited PS3 Pre-Orders

From the most recent edition of Gamestop's email newsletter for October 9th:

Limited PlayStation 3 Pre-order
GameStop and EB Games will begin accepting limited pre-orders for the PlayStation 3 console on Tuesday, October 10, on a first come, first served basis. Due to extremely limited supply, we expect to deplete this allocation very quickly, most likely in minutes. We will not accept additional pre-orders at this time. To avoid an unnecessary trip we strongly recommend you call your local store to determine availability. A $100 reservation deposit is required, which can be funded with cash, credit or trade. As we cannot control production and shipping issues by the manufacturer, a reservation deposit does not guarantee receipt of a system available to purchase at launch. Reservations/Purchases are limited to 1 per household.

Our limited online pre-order program will be announced at a later date, after software and accessory availability dates are confirmed. Online product pricing and availability will vary and will be fulfilled independent of store reservations.


kmis876263d ago

I guess I'll be missing my 8am organic chemistry lecture tomorrow. I just called the local gamestop and they said they won't have all the information ready until they open up tomorrow, but it does appear like they're gonna be taking preorders.

Marriot VP6263d ago

org. chem. how did you get suckered into that. Who schedules 8am's anyways.

what's your major?

kmis876263d ago

I'm a general biology major going premed. It was either take it at twice a week at 8am with an easier professor or take it at 1pm 3 times a week with a boring professor who gives difficult tests. Last year (orgo one) I picked the second option and regretted it, so this year I went with 8am.

zypher6263d ago

yeah. i just called one of my local gamestops, and they said they're only getting 14 units. i'm THINKING about getting one at launch, but after the overheating 360 debacle last year, something's telling me to wait until the second or third shipments before plunking down the $600 plus extended-warranty money

HyperBear6263d ago

then what is there to worry about. Like, I dont see why ppl are so worried about getting stuff on Day 1. All you do is get a warranty which is 50 bucks, and if ur system doesnt work in a year, then they give you a brand new one. And the EB Games I work at, we are not having pre-orders, so that must be just a U.S. thing. But yea, I dont see any worry about getting something on Day 1? anyone wanna answer that.

zypher6263d ago

well, considering how much i'm anxious to get my hands on a PS3, i think i'd be pretty upset to have to ship it off and wait for repairs, even if it is covered under my warranty. but i guess you have a point.

Marriot VP6263d ago

good move chief, only suckers would buy a PS3 at launch without a warranty.

I don't really know what warranties are being offered so I'd wait.

kingofps36263d ago

Gotta go to be first in line.


"As we cannot control production and shipping issues by the manufacturer, a reservation deposit does not guarantee receipt of a system available to purchase at launch."

so basically this means and guarentees you nothing. I predict a lot of these people that pay $100 will be left empty handed in november.

i think thats fuct personally, but there is a shortage and thats just the way those things go...

HyperBear6263d ago

Is that it is on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. And if you pay 100 bucks your not guaranteed one depending on when you pre-orderd. If you wree say the 6th person to pre-order this morning when EB Games opens, and then come november, that store only gets 5 systems, then that means the 5 ppl infront of you would get it 1st, and when the next shipment comes in, youd be the 1st to get one. It doesnt mean your paying 100 bucks for nothing, you just got to be lucky and hope you get there 1st to 5th, or else, you may not want to pay it, but even if you do, you still get one.

Islandkiwi6263d ago

I believe managers/employees get first crack at them. Then it goes to the list.

I was going to sell some games today, by coincidence...so I don't mind leaving my 100 dollar credit as a pre-order for a month. I will definitely be reselling it, though.

USMChardcharger6263d ago

didn't we just have a news clip a few weeks ago that said Gamestop will not be doing Pre-Orders for the Wii and PS3?

so they wont run into the same problems with some people not getting theirs like the 360 launch.

i may be wrong but i could have sworn Gamestop had said that.

calderra6263d ago

Gamestop doens't pre-order until companies commit to a "final" number of units to be shipped to the Gamestop corporation. Meaning they only pre-ordered exactly as many as Sony said they'd ship.

As with 360, this isn't a guarantee, as last-minute cuts and shipping issues can cause problems. Just because a company promises X units doesn't mean they actually ship them.

And the whole deal was that Gamestop had word that no official number was going to come from Sony, so they weren't going to pre-order because they had no clue how many units they might get. (20,000? 576? 4?)

So this means Sony either came up with a real number, or they (more likely) just made one up to force Gamestop into doing pre-orders.