Best Buy Lists PS3 Online Preorders (UPDATE)
UPDATE: It appears Best Buy did not intend for this to happen, even though it's been reported that several preorders have gone through successfully. However, the following is an excerpt of the message the consumer sees when asking about free shipping:
"The Sony Playstation 3 will be available on Nov 17th and the Nintendo Wii will be available on Nov. 19th. Due to limited production, pre-orders will not be accepted, and game consoles will not be available for purchase on www.bestbuy.com for the initial release date. We anticipate availability to be extremely limited in stores and sales will be accepted on a first come first served basis."
Hmm...it seems Best Buy needs to work some things out.
And we'd suggest you get over there right now if you haven't yet nailed down a preorder. This may be the last preorder binge of the year, especially with the launch a mere two weeks away.
We have no idea how long these will last, we have no idea if it guarantees you a system come launch, and we have no idea how many systems they have available for preorder. Best Buy's first message when you click on "Estimate Arrival Time" is, "Items are shipped as they become available," so take that as you will. For now, it looks like a regular preorder system to us, but just remember, you gotta make the entire payment right off the bat. No downpayment here; either fork over the full amount or forget it.
...you're still reading this? Get moving!
11/4/2006 Ben Dutka