Gamestop Xbox 360 Shortages Confirmed

If you pre-ordered your Xbox 360 at your local GameStop, you might be in for a night of misery and disappointment, come November 22. I have been able to confirm with an inside source that GameStop will not be able to meet the demand of their pre-orders. My local store for instance has over 300 pre-orders and will only be able to supply 30 units. WTF!!!! Another store in the area will only be able to supply 6 of its 100 preorders. Customers who do not get their Xboxes on time will get them in the next shipment. Also, they will be going in order of when you preordered. Since I waited till September I am pretty much F-ed in the A on this one. I still plan to go and get in line on the 22nd anyways, because Plueballs is doing a podcast live from the line. Which should be even better now, since it is likely a riot will break out (I hope, nothing is funnier the rioting geeks).




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7:26 AM

Because a simple fact has been left out. Gamestop as a company, only took first day reservations in late May, for about a week.

Many stores have 100-300 reservations, but 90% of those were CLEARLY stated to be 2nd shipment, as they arrive.    



8:38 AM

Im pretty sure the reason for the shortage is because Microsoft wants HYPE for their console. More hype= more sales.
E/b, Wallmart.. places like that have only been allowed about about 20 consoles. And that is on the condition that they sell ALL of them by the launch date. Then CNN will probably air the news story of how high in demand the cosole is. Then they get more in the coming week(s).

http://www.gamefreaks365.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=520    



9:31 AM

They did the same thing to my friend when the PS2 came out. The next day my friend had a law firm get in contact with GameStop. He had his PS2 either that day or the next I can't remember.    



10:21 AM

actually if you look at your reciepts it will state either first shipment or NO ETA seems pretty clear to me. also only the one that were first shipment(didn't say no eta) were guaranteed to be day one releases. The microsoft rep here refuses to come out that week in any microsoft shirts.    



11:20 AM

I work at Toys 'R' Us, and they let us keep doing preorders up until about a month ago, then Microsoft called and told us to stop. We don't even know how many they will be sending us. I find it irresponsible as a company to do such a thing.    



12:10 PM

Ive been to Walmart and Futureshop in Canada and they both have ridiculous "waiting" lists. Ive been told I can't even come to the store by employees because they wont sell them to people that arent on the list. How retarded is that?

Thanks a lot Micro$oft, its obvious its all going to make the news and it already has.. But they don't care, all they care for is the $$$.    



1:37 PM

I work @ EB, and the reason for the shortages is because Microsoft is not letting us have more than 16 on the 22nd of November, 16 a week before Xmas, and we get the major shipment on the 2nd of February.    



3:11 PM

I see nothing wrong with MS for their small shipments unless they are sitting on a ton of systems. If they are going to prevent many people from have the system before Xmas on purpose, I say WTF and I dont understand.

Just because you preorder something, doe sthat leagaly mean you will recieve it on release day?

If you asked a GS employee how many preorders they had, and he/she said 300, do you really expect a small store like that to get tehm in the 1st day?

Preorders are good since the gauge the amount of product is needed. MS better step up production if they are releasing less than 25% of preorders.

DOes everyone know the difference between supply and demand? the demand is going to stay the same. Supply is what is short. Therefore hype will not grow, just anger.    



5:42 PM

yeah...since MAY gamestop employees were instructed to tell people that their xbox was no estimated time of arrival (it even says NO ETA on the RECEIPT) so don't say its a "sudden" shortage, only oblivious people would not have noticed these things earlier..


Oh, and microsoft isn't shorting the system to create hype...you are in short, an idiot if you think that. They are short because they are LAUNCHING WORLDWIDE...cmon people, get with the program.    



6:29 PM

I know for a fact that GameStop is going to be getting shipments in weekly to meet the demands. People who have theirs reserved will get one before Christmas. Pulling your reserve on the 360 at any GameStop location is not the smartest thing to do at this time being so close to the release date.    



7:20 PM

no one to blame but yourself. i knwo when i preordered mine at GS the day after E3, i asked the guy how many they are expecting, he said they are unsure but we will know around september or october, so i knew going in to this i may not get one first day cause they dont know how many they are getting yet, then when i heard rumors of a shortage, i called up the GS i preordered it at and asked them if i was in line for release day, and they told me that i was number 1 on the list, so i have nothing to worry about, i would recommend everyone to do so if you havnt already.

and MS isnt holding out, theres easily enough hype fora release day sell-out, they wont be sitting back on any consoles i assure you.

you have no one to blame but yourself for assuming many things

1 that there wouldnt be a shortage, its a damn console release for gods sake, theres always a shortage

2 that your gamestop wouldnt sell them in order of time preordered, where the hell have you been, its always been this way with GS, its only logical to serve those that pre-order first

3 that your local store would be getting more then 30, you do the math, 400,000 conoles (for the u.s. only) devided by the 10,000 of stores that sell video games. ill tell you right now 400000/10000=40 so if you were expecting more then that at yoru local store your a fool, and yes i realize that companys will provide more consoles to their more popular locations, but you only have yourself to blame for assuming they would get more then a logical number    



7:22 PM

no one to blame but yourself. i knwo when i preordered mine at GS the day after E3, i asked the guy how many they are expecting, he said they are unsure but we will know around september or october, so i knew going in to this i may not get one first day cause they dont know how many they are getting yet, then when i heard rumors of a shortage, i called up the GS i preordered it at and asked them if i was in line for release day, and they told me that i was number 1 on the list, so i have nothing to worry about, i would recommend everyone to do so if you havnt already.

and MS isnt holding out, theres easily enough hype fora release day sell-out, they wont be sitting back on any consoles i assure you.

you have no one to blame but yourself for assuming many things

1 that there wouldnt be a shortage, its a damn console release for gods sake, theres always a shortage

2 that your gamestop wouldnt sell them in order of time preordered, where the hell have you been, its always been this way with GS, its only logical to serve those that pre-order first

3 that your local store would be getting more then 30, you do the math, 400,000 conoles (for the u.s. only) devided by the 10,000 of stores that sell video games. ill tell you right now 400000/10000=40 so if you were expecting more then that at yoru local store your a fool, and yes i realize that companys will provide more consoles to their more popular locations, but you only have yourself to blame for assuming they would get more then a logical number.


and it is in no way MS' fault for your GS taking so many pre-orders, so you cant blame MS at all    



8:15 PM

this is why im waiting for the midnight realese at our wal-mart. its first come first serve. and i get a 20% discount yay. if i dont get there in time ill be at bestbuy the morning of the 22 at 9am to get one of the 45-50 there getting.    



8:22 PM

wrong!!! thay dont have a shortage, thay want you to think that. thay are going to cut off all sials intill right befor christmas. so prices will go way up!! thay have plenty in stock, untill about the middle of next year. but if you plan on getting 1 wate untill 2006 if you havent got 1 allready. just thought i would shear the info..    



8:38 PM

You people are ridiculus, 20 consoles per store on a console launch date is way too short. X360 doesn't cost as much as you think to produce, nor should it take as long as you think.

Get with the real program, X360 has been a watered down PC from the start, and MS is behind the funding and production cost.

There's no excuse for such a shortage under their circumstances, it's not like they just started building them last month.    



9:07 PM

Actualy heres the scoop I'm a manager at
a gamestop in oregon After e3 they told us to start takin pre-orders, two weeks later they stop takin 1st shipments and we started takin no eta around september they stopped that.just last week they told us how many 360's we were gettin we are gettin enough to fill our 1st shippments for the 1st night so if we took 201st shipments we get that many if we took 300 we get that many. @ my store we only took 15 first shipments and thats how many we are gettin we had to call all the ppl who were on no eta to tell them we call them as soon as we get more in which they told us to expect about 30 a week...they also told us this is gamestop fault were short not microsoft we over pre-orderd    



10:50 PM

all i have to say is if i would have known that their was going to be only 400,000 360's for us alone i have pre-ordered a long time ago. so i guess
im gonna have to call them tommorow
to find out what number am i. i hope
im between 1-30
pray for me...hehe    



9:39 AM

Ghey E. Gheyerton    



11:32 AM

I can confirm the same here in Texas. According to EBGames people here in town - this is definately going to be a nationwide thing, in some cases, people that were GAURANTEED to receive one of the first shipments are now looking at third or fourth shipments wit possible dilevery dates of NEXT YEAR.

This is an old tactic used by every console manufacturer (except maybe Nintendo next year) used to build hype, however, I think this time MS is having a hard time getting ALL the parts they need from ALL their manufacturers on time. Keep in mind, dozens of companies have parts in the x360 and if even one of them comes up short on supply, then there is nothing MS can do about it.

Good luck to everyone on getting yours. Best advice is to wear something warm while waiting in line for hours on end.    



2:06 PM

Companies like to have sell outs. Sony wishes the PSP would have really sold out. It did at some game stores like Gamestop, but not at retailers like Target. If Microsoft really wanted to meet demand- they would. There is not an electronic device that cannot be manufactured fast enough to meet demand.
Short of everyone in the U.S. deciding that they want a 360 at the same time. Companies do way too much market research not to know how many consoles will be needed for a launch.    



6:18 PM

I think that these assholes at MS just deserve that we not purchase the 360 until spring. Let's all wait a few months until we order or purchase then they will be shittin bricks and flood the market. Fucking assholes, as if they have placed small orders with the asian manufacturers...it is to their advantage to place orders for millions of units. The more they order the cheaper they cost. I don't buy this hype and will NOT get the 360 until next year.    



8:10 PM

For 26 years straight Bill Gates made it to work without calling in sick - Don't you think if he wanted to make enough 360's for a release date he would?    



8:49 PM

There is a much more efficient way of getting this done; you advertise this bullshit first, before pre-orders are available. You TELL people that if you don't pre-order by such-and-such a date, you will not be on the list for 1st shipment. Then it is the individual's fault. All of us have paid the same amount of money for the 360; what is the point of having a pre-order if there is the possibility you won't get the thing until 2006. The entire point of the whole "pre-order" concept, is to guarentee yourself the product at a certain date, before everyone else. As we can all see, this is not the case. If I had known this kind of thing was going to happen, I wouldn't have given GS $500 months in advanced, just to find out that I was still too late.    



9:14 PM

Is any one else angry about this?!! Could game stop at least comp me for a free demo dvd or something in exchange for giving everyone the shaft? If this is on purpose then MS is seriously evil... how much more money can they make by doing that... F.Y.I Microsoft is selling the 360 at a loss to them... it costs more to make than to sell, so only letting a few go at a time means that they lose more money.    



10:58 PM

Ahem... Game Stop employees were instructed back in MAY to tell people that their system had no ETA, first shipment reservations ended in mid-end may after a 6 day run. After that, employees were told REPEATEDLY through e-mails (the emails are even still in all of the computers if you want proof) that it was NO ETA from that point on. If you were not aware that your reservation has NO ETA, then
1. the employee who rung you up is an idiot
2. you are an idiot for not noticing the big NO ETA on your receipt. (yes, EVERY SINGLE reservation made after may says NO ETA on the receipt)

GameStop DID NOT OVERRESERVE. The rumor that said that even 1st shipment reservations won't be filled is a LIE. EVERY SINGLE 1st shipment reservation (so, all the ones that DONT say no ETA on the receipt) will be filled, hell, most stores are even getting 1-3 of their NO ETA ones at launch too, proving there was even a bit of room to spare.    



1:45 AM

They're making about a 1,100,000 consoles I believe. I don't know if that's the total for all over the world or just U.S.    



4:11 AM

Does it really cost more to make than to sell? Is there somewhere I can find this info anywhere?    



6:45 AM

You have to realize that all this shortage is cause the big M tried a bold move by releasing it worldwide and where as nintendo and sony always give themselves time to release it in another country its being release worldwide and every xbox manufactured is being split up. Where as if they released it only in the us we would have a million to go around which should be ehough to fill out preorders but we gotta share with Japan and Europe    



7:30 PM

well the latest is that if you reserved a order you are certain to get it before christmas (gamestop). id say its 50/50. who knows. the sad thing is that people will pay outragous amounts for it on ebay. price gouging at its finest. i almost wish that they held off the release to accomodate all the orders. the thing that kills me is that it will flop in japan and they are sending probably more over there than releasing here. they are die hard ps3 fans and don't want much to do with 360 since ps3 comes out very soon over there. if ya need one get some friends together and rotate in line at walmart on monday, the managers will give out numbers late in the evening if you snag a number your golden.    



11:33 AM

THIS FACT IS ALL FAKE CAUSE I HAVE A MAIL FROM THE MICROSOFT ABOUT THE 360 AND I ASKED THEM THAT IS THERE GONNA BE A SHORTAGE AND THEY SAID NO....!!!! TRUST ME .... SO ALL THE XBOX 360 LOVERS NOTHING IS GONNA HAPPEN..................    



12:03 PM

"THIS FACT IS ALL FAKE CAUSE I HAVE A MAIL FROM THE MICROSOFT ABOUT THE 360 AND I ASKED THEM THAT IS THERE GONNA BE A SHORTAGE AND THEY SAID NO....!!!! TRUST ME .... SO ALL THE XBOX 360 LOVERS NOTHING IS GONNA HAPPEN..................
"

Hmmm, you indeed don't know what your talking about.

I Work for a company based in Omaha Nebraska, which our only copetition really i best buy and there really nothing at all. I used to work at the gamestop just down the street from where I am now. their regional manager and their district manager told me personally (since I still go there alot) to hold off on pre-ordering my 360. WHy you ask? Microsoft already told them that THEY WERENT GETTING ENOUGH!!!!!!! Mostly every gamestop store is getting 30, so thats 15 cores and 15 premiums most likely. My store is getting 60 cores and 6 premiums, 120 units all together (not inlcuding the number of interactive systems we have.) My personal opinion is that any company who takes pre-orders on a new-gen system launch thats worldwide is set for failure from the get go. I remember my days at gamestop when we took reservations for it a YEAR before..... though the company did not know how many they were getting at that time (stupidity?) And yes, you WILL have to wait since most stores are probally booked until the following year, which I know for a fact that the gamestop near me cant sell take with units until everyone whi had their little pre-order gets one. Sucks huh, but thats unorganized planning for ya form the company we all love best... gamestop.    



12:06 PM

"THIS FACT IS ALL FAKE CAUSE I HAVE A MAIL FROM THE MICROSOFT ABOUT THE 360 AND I ASKED THEM THAT IS THERE GONNA BE A SHORTAGE AND THEY SAID NO....!!!! TRUST ME .... SO ALL THE XBOX 360 LOVERS NOTHING IS GONNA HAPPEN..................
"

Hmmm, you indeed don't know what your talking about.

I Work for a company based in Nebraska, which our only competition really i best buy and there really nothing at all. I used to work at the gamestop just down the street from where I am now. their regional manager and their district manager told me personally (since I still go there alot) to hold off on pre-ordering my 360. WHy you ask? Microsoft already told them that THEY WERENT GETTING ENOUGH!!!!!!! Mostly every gamestop store is getting 30, so thats 15 cores and 15 premiums most likely. My store is getting 60 cores and 60 premiums, 120 units all together (not inlcuding the number of interactive systems we have.) My personal opinion is that any company who takes pre-orders on a new-gen system launch thats worldwide is set for failure from the get go. I remember my days at gamestop when we took reservations for it a YEAR before..... though the company did not know how many they were getting at that time (stupidity?) And yes, you WILL have to wait since most stores are probally booked until the following year, which I know for a fact that the gamestop near me cant sell take with units until everyone whi had their little pre-order gets one. Sucks huh, but thats unorganized planning for ya form the company we all love best... gamestop. (fixed mistypes... most of them)    



3:52 PM

Exactly. The reason for the shortage is because Microsoft wants hype. In NZ for example they're only allowing 20 consoles per store. They say they're going to be using "SOLD OUT" as their slogan for the 360.    



4:32 PM

most stores already have thier shipments in of 360s and what they have is all they can give. The 360 seems to the the christmas gift this year.. like elmo was a few years ago. all i can say is that anyone who starts off on the first list. Ebay is a great place to make a quick buck or two    



2:31 PM

Game stop has always sucked elephent balls covered with mosqiutos    



12:47 AM

Yeah today Nov 22, 2005 i just got the news when i called the store to go pick up my system i was told that my system was not there. An insider told me that there was never a list for the system it was only on a come first come first serve basis. When i called i was told that i'm on the second list which was until Dec 12th "WTF" is that about and on Nov the 11 someone called me from the store that i made my pre-order from and confirmed with me that i have 48hrs to come and pick up my system from Nov 22 I believe that we need to call the cooperate offices and complaint or maybe get the news involved in this because this is bulls@*t.    



4:24 PM

I agree, we definately need to contact corporate about this, or Channel 7 on your side or somthing.

I think I speak for everyone, when I say a pre order by definition means you are going to get your game or console on the realease date. Why the hell would we throw down the money to reserve it in the first place if we knew we werent going to get it, because personally, if I knew that Gamestop would f**K me as they have, I would have reserved somewhere else, like Toy's R Us who I think got the most in my area. MotherFU*KERS!    



7:09 PM

I have emailed my local news station, emailed the Better Business Buearu and sent a nasty little email to Gamestop last night.

Then tonight I receive a phone call from the GS I reserved my 360 at telling me I could come and pickup my accessories. I told them that I didn't order any accesssories and asked when the expect to fill all of the reserved copies. The informed me that they received an email today for the Corp. office saying they will only be receiving 8 systems over the next 2 months. This is after I went to the store on Saturday and was told that I would have my system before Christmas. You would think after the screw up that GS had with the ps2 release that they would have a better plan in place, but as we all have learned that the highly educator idiots that run business cannot learn from previous experiences. So now the Christmas I had planned for my son's Christmas just went out the door with the trash.    



7:28 PM

The fact of the matter is.... Everyone wants an xbox 360. Not everyone can have one-which makes for all of this madness (myself included). Relax, be patient and we will all get our xbox 360's sooner or later. Maybe at least when i get mine (probably next year or some dumb shit like that) there will actually be some decent games out there.    



11:18 AM

What's Gamestop's Email adress so I can vent my frustration?    



5:17 PM

These fucking idiots at Gamestop.The let me look at the list of people who reserved.Im 46th on the list.behind a bunch of Gamestop employees! They never told me I was 46th on the list! Had I known I wouldn't have paid 500 bucks for no system when it came out. And why can't they tell me when they'll get it our how many they're getting? Shouldn't this crap all be reported? Fuck these shitty companies! Gotta keep the consumer informed man! Now I go tell everyone that Gamestop is a ripoff. But most people already know that when they give you 2-3 dollars for your games and sell them for 20. Fuck you Gamestop. WE got 10 systems so I have 36 more to go. Piss off Gamestop. I can't do anything about it except wait. Sure would be nice to know when I will be getting mine, but they wouldn't want to tell me because I might take my money back.    



6:08 PM

I don’t 't know what all this talk is about Game Stop telling people there is no ETA. I paid for mine back in August and was told then that I would get my system on the 22nd. as the pre-order agreement confirmed. I was told on the 21st when i went to the store that I would not be getting one. They tried to blame Microsoft. I told them my contract was with them not Microsoft. I was then told that I would def get it before X-mas. Now I'm bring told that it will be vary unlikely that I will be getting it this year. I'm one of the many very pissed people about this. I was never told at any time that I would not receive my system on the 22nd. Game Stop called the people that would have a system on the 22nd. that was like 22 systems at the store I got mine. Or rather the store I gave my money to for a product I have yet received. What GameStop should have done was called the people who were not getting theirs to tell them not to was there time and go up to the store on the 22nd. They also told me that If i can find it somewhere else that they will reimburse me. that’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. Are they going to pay for the gas for me to drive all over Texas looking for it too? Every person I've spoken to there just trys to blow smoke up my ass. I don't want to here excuses I just want the system I paid for. I wanted the day I was promised. The bottom line is Game Stop screwed us all by taking pre-orders. I use to buy all my gaming crap from them but not anymore. This might be Microsoft’s fault but as I said before, My contract was with game Stop. I'm sure it will not be long before a lawsuit is out. In turn Game Stop can sue Microsoft but thats not my problem. If anyone know of a multiple lawsuit on this let me know so I can signup on it. this scheme might have boosted there stoke but they lost a lot of customers and future sales I can tell you that. Game Stop Sucks ass.    



5:36 AM

Ok, think you got it bad. I called games stop Nov 25th 930 am and gave them my name. They said my Xbox360 wasnt in. Saturday I got pick up my games and controller and ask questions. Nov 29th I goto Game Stop and ask about my Xbox360 they said it came in on wensday and they gave it to some1 else on Friday 29th. AFTER I CALLED AND ASKED ABOUT MY SYSTEM!!! Any suggestions, any1 know gamestops corporate email?? If so email me @ masteryoda8682@hotmail.com

Lataz    



7:30 PM

I should have gotten my gamestop to sign a contract, then I could have nailed those little fuckers with a lawsuit. I hate GS, and I will never go there again, but most X-Box 360's will be avaliable (this is from an inside source, that from 15th,16th,17th or 18th. Around then, but this is just proving once again why everyone sucks.    



10:58 PM

From: NeilWester (at) hotmail (dot) com
ANYONE WHO PREORDERED AND XBOX 360 AT GAMESTOP
and didn't get it delivered please contact me via email above. GameStop has elected to take inventory and sell $1000+ bundles instead of honoring its preorders through its retail location.

If you preordred, especially this summer or earlier, please email me.    



4:38 PM

Yes I noticed that they have console online for 1000+ but they cant fulfill preorders... WTF? I been calling my local gamestop and asked them why and they said "if I want an Xbox 360 so bad that I should go ahead and get it online..." I PREORDERED MY IN JULY    



7:45 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHYou guys are flipin f.amers w/ no lifes, go to G EEK HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and u will nevr have sex either!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!hahahahahahahahahahahahah    



3:34 PM

Shut up you frieken NOob! You just are a fuckin meathead! Us nerds are way smarter than you and we are pale tooooooo. At least we can talk about xbox 360 all day! Get a life! Jeez, i bet your not eve a level 12 shamon yet, NOob.    



1:53 AM

My receipt doesn't say NO ETA. I reserved my system with the Game Stop in Miami. I was told i would get it before Christmas, its two days after and I still dont have it yet. Could somebody give me the email address for the representatives of Green Shits, I mean Game Stop. trillest@aol.com I NEED TO HEAR SOMETHING MORE THAN "WE'LL CALL YOU WHEN WE GET IT" Because when they old me I would have it before Christmas, they entered into a verbal contract that they are now in breech of.    



1:07 AM

Well its March 2 now of 2006 and I still dont have the xbox360 I was guaranteed that I would get before Christmas. Pre-ordered in September, and the gamestop I pre-ordered from told me they haven't recieved any consoles in the last 4 weeks. At first they were actually getting their list done but when it comes time for me to get mine they stop recieving. YEAH SURE!!!!    



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