GameStop/EB To Fall Short On PS3 Preorders
On October 10, GameStop/EB took PS3 preorders, and within a few hours, all of them were gone. Some stores were able to offer up to 16 preorders while others only promised 8, but even then GameStop/EB wouldn't "guarantee" a system for launch day. Now, it appears the inevitable has happened: they won't be getting enough systems to fill the preorders they have, thus verifying that guarantee refusal.
Evidently, the news around the Internet is that Sony has contacted the game retailer and informed them that they won't be getting enough consoles to completely fill all preorders placed. PSX Extreme contacted an EB representative to confirm this and he replied, "we have no idea how many we'll get, but we may not get all 16 on Friday."
Furthermore, the company has asked its employees to wait until Christmas before purchasing their systems, as this "is not an ideal situation." The exact definition of "asking" hasn't been determined, but this implies any employees who secured a PS3 with a preorder won't be forced to give it up.
As expected, the preorders will be filled in the order they were received, which means if you remember where you were in line, you should be able to guess-timate how well off you'll be come launch. But should you walk away disappointed, even after successfully preordering a system, GameStop will offer a consolation prize of sorts: if you are one of those unlucky souls who thought they had a system all secured for November 17, but they can't fill the order, they will give you a free used game or DVD valued at less than $19.99.
Supposedly, the retailer will begin contacting those who reserved a PS3 tomorrow to give them an idea of where they stand. This way, you should know what's what before showing up to the store on Friday. And of course, if your preorder arrives successfully, GameStop would like you to pick it up before Saturday evening.
11/13/2006 Ben Dutka