Tuesday, January 09, 2007

News Flash: Sony Solves PS3 Supply Problem!

Executives at Sony have finally gotten some PS3 inventory onto shelves in North America, conquering what some analysts thought might be an intractable supply issue. With one half of the equation solved, Sony now turns to the PS3 demand problem:
Daniel A. DeMatteo, vice chairman and COO of GameStop, late last week said PS3s are available at "hundreds of the company's 3,700 outlets," according to the New York Times. The Wii, on the other hand, is still hard to come by.

"We got some [Wiis] in yesterday in really limited supply, and they virtually disappeared," DeMatteo said, according to the NYT.

The $250 Wii and $499/$599 PlayStation 3 were very difficult to purchase after their November launches, as gamers lined up outside stores at times days in advance to buy the systems. DeMatteo says this is the first time that PS3 stock has remained unsold in his stores.

Over the weekend, GameSpot editors visited a local EB Games, which is owned by GameStop, and found PS3s available for purchase. As for the Wii, one clerk told GameSpot, "We got some in earlier this week and they were gone in five minutes."

1 comment:

Steven Den Beste said...

There are rumors going around that a lot of the people who stood in line to buy PS3's during the initial rush were scalpers, who intended to resell immediately (on eBay or the like) at a huge mark-up. When it turned out that the demand wasn't that great, the rumor is that a lot of the scalpers returned their unopened PS3's for refund, and that's why a lot of the stores had PS3's in stock a couple of weeks ago. They didn't come from Sony, they came back from customers.

Anyway, that's the rumor.