No PS3 Pre-Orders Until October, Says Gamespot/EB

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  1. drippy

    drippy is a freethinker.

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    funkatron101 TFW2005 Supporter

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    We'll see if there is a shortage or surplus because of the cost.

    I for one wouldn't risk the ebay game with the PS3
     
  3. mrhillz

    mrhillz Changed his user title. TFW2005 Supporter

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    I was talking about this with a guy at gamestop the other day, apparently this is one of the reasons that their company took 10% hit to their stock last year.
     
  4. MegaMoonMan

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    Me neither. I was going to, but that was back when I thought I could afford at least ONE.

    I'm sure ebay will still be loaded with them. There were idiots that paid $2000 for a 360, so I'm sure there's more that will pay more for one of these.
     
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    Zzeezz Ambassador of Music TFW2005 Supporter

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    Yeah, I was told October the other day too.
     
  6. 03Mach1

    03Mach1 Reason Has No Voice

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    I'm sure our local eb/Gamestops are gonna love the non-stop calls over the next 5 months.
     
  7. The_Bardock

    The_Bardock ****** of the Minicons

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    and I thought we were against scalpers here
     
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    I think its a smart move. We see this every cycle - new system released for holidays. Not enough to meet demand. People go nuts when they can't find it. You'd think the retailers would have noticed the pattern by now.

    The longer they wait, the more accurate the supply estimate will be. People would rather be told no in October, then yes now, and we ran out come November.
     
  9. Gigatron_2005

    Gigatron_2005 President of Calendars

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    Yeah. If the PS3 launch manages to look like the PSP launch, there are going to be a whole lot of people with too many PS3s. Of course, Im agianst scalping so I just lol at all those people.:D 
     
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    As long as it's not a big waiting game like the way it was with the 360.
     
  11. drippy

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    see below.
     
  12. drippy

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    I am going to be preordering an item and have the same chance of getting the item as anyone else who doesn't work at a video game store.

    Then, assuming my preorder is filled, I am going to take the item I own and put it on Ebay for sale to whomever bids the highest. My starting bid will be $1 with a reserve price of whatever I paid.

    I don't see how this is scalping as a) I'm going the same route everyone else has to in order to own the item and b) the buyers are setting the price (demand) not me. If they aren't willing to pay retail for it, then it's my loss, not theirs eh?
     
  13. MegaMoonMan

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    Why not just start the bidding at whatever you paid?

    Is there some kind of logic behind the $1 starting bid?
     
  14. misterd

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    Scalping is defined by dictionary.com as:

    1. To engage in the reselling of something, such as tickets, at a price higher than the established value.

    2. To buy and sell securities or commodities for small quick profits.

    How does what you plan not fit?

    To even further clarify, when we toy collectors refer to scalpers, we refer to those who deliberately buy something in short supply not because they want the item, but because they want to jack up the price and sell it for a profit.

    What this does is reduce the overall supply, and make it harder and more expensive for those who want the item to actually get it.
     
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    Good point, but like drippy said, the BUYERS are setting the price, not him.

    Still, it is a pretty fine line.
     
  16. *Deathblade

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    WOW!

    I dont want to start a flame war, but it really surprises me that you take that attitude, given your adamant stance against music downloading...funny how people justify what they want they to do. What you are suggesting is at the least unethical.

    Your justifying scalping is no different from people justifying downloading music.
    Your reasoning sounds just like the "CDs cost too much anyway..and down with RIAA" justifications song downloaders use.
     
  17. Streck

    Streck <B><FONT COLOR="#FF0000">QED</B></FONT> Veteran

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    Glad to hear it.
     
  18. Wing alpha

    Wing alpha <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and

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    I never understoiod why they were called flames to be honest....

    oh well not like Iwill have enough money o even preorder by the end of the summer, tuition sucks bigtime.
     
  19. flamepanther

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    When people buy an item from the store just to sell it on eBay, they temporarily remove it from the market, where someone else who actually wanted the item could have had it for the "normal" price--not that any PS3 price could be considered normal. The scalper then declares that instead of buying the item for what it's supposedly worth, consumers must fight over it. Ultimately, only the very wealthy/insane/desperate/all-of-the-above can obtain the item. In what way, exactly, is this friendly to consumers? I don't care about the PS3, but people that pull this crap have kept me from getting a number of Transformers at a reasonable price, so I still say it's wrong.



    Picture a cartoon image of a really angry guy with fire coming out of his mouth.
     
  20. wolfnfox

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    E-bay could be even more dangerous if people are claiming to sel the high end version, you pay 3 or 4 times the cost (why is beyond me) and then find you got the stripped version.
     

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