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(IGN)   The console wars are over: Xbox One has officially sold out at Best Buy   (ign.com) divider line 13
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2908 clicks; posted to Geek » on 10 Jul 2013 at 9:44 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-07-10 10:03:19 AM
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theresnothinglft: Well that is the real question.  How is the XBone actually managing to sell out preorders?


Because internet nerd rage is largely niche and impotent, despite the over inflated sense of power and influence.
2013-07-10 09:56:07 AM
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Remember, folks -- pre-sales for consoles are almost always based on speculation, as in:

"If I pre-order this now and list it on eBay a week before launch, I can pick it up, ship it and make a profit."

When the PS3 came out, EB Games and Gamestop sold out of them on launch day (inventory was EXTREMELY tight) and then had a good percentage of them come back unopened after Christmas when they'd failed to sell on eBay after repeated listings. I remember it well because I was a store manager at the time and often had days where I had to record sales figures in the negative because we'd had a $600 PS3 returned.

The real measure isn't going to be pre-sales, but year one sell-through rates. That's how you know if a console has succeeded. (We can look at the Wii U right now, for example, and see that even though it's sold 3.45 million units, it's significantly below projections and comparable sales with the Wii and software sales are poor overall, indicating that it is indeed a failed platform right now.)
2013-07-10 10:31:01 AM
2 votes:
I'm guessing at least 25% end up on ebay.
2013-07-10 09:51:58 AM
2 votes:
In related news, both MS and Sony failed to meet the initial demand for their consoles, leaving money on the table.


Actually, considering the shiat news about both consoles I would bet that this sold out preorder stuff is entirely intentional and that on launch day there will be plenty of mediocre next gen consoles sitting on the shelves.
2013-07-10 09:50:40 AM
2 votes:
What do you want to bet the number of XBone preorders isn't the same amount as the PS4 preorders?
2013-07-10 12:15:12 PM
1 votes:

Cytokine Storm: LarryDan43: What is stopping MS from adding back all the stuff people hated 6 months after launch?

Oh they won't do that, they've changed.  They didn't know what they were doing before, it had been a long couple of months, work was stressful, and they had been drinking.

Microsoft won't do it again.  They love me.


You owe me a new sarcasm meter.

/Micro$oft Corporation.
//They're not happy till you're not happy.
2013-07-10 11:50:35 AM
1 votes:
What is stopping MS from adding back all the stuff people hated 6 months after launch?
2013-07-10 10:27:37 AM
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theresnothinglft: Majick Thise: How the hell do you sell out of preorders?

This.  It's like shouting "STOP" when people keep burying you in money.  For a business this is stupid unless production can't keep up with the demand (in which case you ramp up production).


No, it's artificial scarcity.

Headlines that tout how the thing sold out in record time make people think its super popular, there's a ton of demand, etc. it's a marketing strategy. It's so popular you can't get one is a great strategy to make people 'need' to have one.

Plus it gives them free press when people make 'sold out' headlines.
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2013-07-10 10:12:59 AM
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InmanRoshi: theresnothinglft: Well that is the real question.  How is the XBone actually managing to sell out preorders?

Because internet nerd rage is largely niche and impotent, despite the over inflated sense of power and influence.


Which explains why MS is simply forging ahead with their original used game approach.
2013-07-10 09:54:13 AM
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theresnothinglft: Majick Thise: How the hell do you sell out of preorders?

This.  It's like shouting "STOP" when people keep burying you in money.  For a business this is stupid unless production can't keep up with the demand (in which case you ramp up production).


Best Buy doesn't manufacture the system so they can't ramp up production?
2013-07-10 09:53:06 AM
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theresnothinglft: Majick Thise: How the hell do you sell out of preorders?

This.  It's like shouting "STOP" when people keep burying you in money.  For a business this is stupid unless production can't keep up with the demand (in which case you ramp up production).


They aren't saying it's over. They just reached the maximum until Microsoft lets them know they've got more.

If you've got 1000 guaranteed consoles arriving on launch day, but sell 2000 pre-orders for it, you're gonna have a bad time. And a shiat-ton of pissed off people.
2013-07-10 09:51:32 AM
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Well that is the real question.  How is the XBone actually managing to sell out preorders?
2013-07-10 09:45:25 AM
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Majick Thise: How the hell do you sell out of preorders?


Uh...because they're finite?
 
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