How to Score a PS2 at Launch (Update)
This is yet another follow up to my article on How to Score a PS2. I recently went down to the four stores surrounding us, and decided to see if they knew how many PS2s would be available this Thursday. I started my journey with a visit to Comp USA, I made my way to the front desk and asked for the person in charge of shipping orders. That pretty much got me nowhere because the Comp USA worker told me that he left for the day. So as long as I was there, I decided to ask the employee if he knew how many PS2s would arrive in their store, he said he had no clue and that nobody would tell him or any other employee for legal reasons. My prediction is that Comp USA will get anywhere from 10-15 units this Thursday (we also got an email from a CompUSA worker reporting to us that they will have 13 units and the employees are not allowed to buy any of them). So I scurried across Queens Blvd. to The Wiz. I asked an employee there and he said that they would receive about 10 on Thursday, my prediction was the same, I believe The Wiz will get the number that the worker told me.
Then I shot across the Blvd again and headed off to Sears. As I made my way down the escalator, I found out that Sears changed some things around and the videogames are now deeper in the store, around where the PCs are. So I asked a representative and he replied bluntly, telling me they may get 50. I looked at him like he was a moron, then said "thanks" (through my teeth) and left. After getting out of the front doors, I let a good laugh out. If EB World is getting a rumored 45-60 and they are the biggest videogame chain in the world, how is Sears expecting 50 when they are not even taking pre-orders? My guess is that 25-30 units is what they may get, though it still isn't bad. Finally I made my way up the escalator to where a Bed Bath & Beyond and Old Navy neighbor Circuit City. Apparently Circuit City now sells Dreamcast and Nintendo 64 along with Playstations and they have created a whole separate section for the gaming area. I asked a worker at Circuit City and he said that the store wouldn't tell him, and the manager wasn't available at the time. My prediction once again, I believe Circuit City will score 10-15 units, maybe slightly more. Also, don't think that the employees will be the ones who get the systems first, all of the stores are enforcing not only a first come first served basis, but also no employee is able to purchase a PS2 from their own store. So there you have it, a better look at the shortage crisis, I still think that Sony will prevail and be stripped off their earlier problems, you'll see.