#1 Posted by Demoskinos (14879 posts) -

So wondering for anyone else that works in retail what is the stock situation like for your store with PS4? I ask cause im curious as to if anyone has heard anything regarding new stock. My store got just enough for preorders plus a few extras. No new stock yet. We've got 31 on order but god only knows when that shows up. Im hoping to snag a ps4 before the end of the year.

#2 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

Gamestop says this:

GameStop Corp. (GME), the largest specialty retailer of video games, said its initial allocation of Sony Corp. (6758) PlayStation 4 consoles sold out and that 2.3 million customers are waiting for the devices.

Initial sales of the player exceeded its predecessor, the PlayStation 3, by more than 80 percent in the first few days, executives of the Grapevine, Texas-based chain said today on a conference call with analysts. They also anticipate a large waiting list for Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Xbox One, suggesting a prolonged industry sales slump is ending.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-21/gamestop-says-2-3-million-customers-waiting-for-ps4.html

So I guess this situation will stay for a while. And it only launched in one region so far....

#3 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2605 posts) -

They're all sold out around me, but I feel like finding one before 2014 should be relatively easy.

#4 Edited by MentalDisruption (1639 posts) -

At walmart I've been hearing from my friend who works IMS that we've been getting a few trickling in here and there, but I'm not in electronics or unloading the truck so I don't know how many. Last time I walked through after clocking out there weren't any on the shelves or in the back though. So they're probably instantly going or already reserved for purchase before they get here. Hopefully it picks up in December because I'd like to use my thanksgiving voucher to get $100 off on one.

#5 Posted by jimmyfenix (3855 posts) -

@darji: Good thing i Pre ordered!

#6 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

@jimmyfenix: Yeah And I don't see this problem resolved soon then next week is Europe and in February already Japan which also need quite a few consoles as well. March or April should be easier but before? Not so much is my guess.

#7 Edited by Demoskinos (14879 posts) -

@mentaldisruption: In the same boat here! Were getting a $340 bonus at my store on Dec 5th that would cover the brunt of the cost combined with the 25% off for me. Tempted to just buy a vita with that 25% if PS4's are a no show.

#8 Posted by StingingVelvet (569 posts) -

Judging by that Gamestop article it might be a while. I would hope you could walk into a store and buy one without trouble by the time Infamous comes out?

#9 Posted by dionysis (51 posts) -

It's interesting how hungry people were for a "Next Gen" system. It sounds like both Sony and MS sold everything they made with a million units each and deep pool of waiting customers. Compared to previous system launches, those numbers seem really high. I know I'm sort of a lapsed gamer and I couldn't wait to get my hands on both systems...

#10 Edited by Gonmog (586 posts) -

When talking to target...ask them to make sure and check in the back. i work at one, and we still have both systems just setting in the back cause the computer wont tell them to bring them to the floor, so they dont.

And i have read a few posts on feeds, that a few big chain stores have had a few people walk in and seeing piles of the systems. I would not go by gamestop alone. All the big chains bought a ton of the systems.

#11 Edited by Yadilie (380 posts) -

@gonmog: Your Electronics team and/or Dedicated Stocker is lazy. Go pull some EXFs already. Losing money man.

My Target sells out the day we get any new ones in. Didn't work last night so I don't know what's coming on tomorrows truck but I'd be super surprised if the 2 we were scheduled to get last night were still there when I got into work tonight. Night before we got 6 in and all were sold out the next night.

#12 Posted by l4wd0g (1959 posts) -

@dionysis said:

It's interesting how hungry people were for a "Next Gen" system. It sounds like both Sony and MS sold everything they made with a million units each and deep pool of waiting customers. Compared to previous system launches, those numbers seem really high. I know I'm sort of a lapsed gamer and I couldn't wait to get my hands on both systems...

were they hungry? It every console I can remember always had limited stock for months. The PS2 was sold out for nearly 7 months where I live. The PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii were the same way. Stores just could keep them stocked.

Maybe people are hungry, but one thing is for sure, it seems like they have their supply problems figured out. Foxconn won't be going out of business anytime soon. Now if they could both launch with a fully functioning OS.

#13 Posted by TheHBK (5488 posts) -

I wouldn't trust Gamestop for a damn thing to be in stock. All they would have is Call of Duty and Battlefield. Now if there were used PS4s for sale out there, then that is different, they would be all over that. OK, I am just trying to hold my rage in because their small space means Gamestop is pretty useless when it comes to stocking hardware. Best Buy, Walmart, Target, all got preorders and on top of that, you had lines of 50+ people who were able to get one. I would know since I went around. Got one at Target and just showed up in the morning and got one pretty quick. I just find it weird that buying games at Target or Best Buy is always a better experience than Gamestop. With that said, we know what is going on. Gamestop does have them in stock, but only if you want to buy one of their $1000 bundles. And we also know that they are holding onto anything they have for Black Friday.

#14 Posted by TheHBK (5488 posts) -

@l4wd0g said:

@dionysis said:

It's interesting how hungry people were for a "Next Gen" system. It sounds like both Sony and MS sold everything they made with a million units each and deep pool of waiting customers. Compared to previous system launches, those numbers seem really high. I know I'm sort of a lapsed gamer and I couldn't wait to get my hands on both systems...

were they hungry? It every console I can remember always had limited stock for months. The PS2 was sold out for nearly 7 months where I live. The PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii were the same way. Stores just could keep them stocked.

Maybe people are hungry, but one thing is for sure, it seems like they have their supply problems figured out. Foxconn won't be going out of business anytime soon. Now if they could both launch with a fully functioning OS.

I think he does have a point. You have 2 systems launching next to each other, 2 million units and they sell out. Sure launches sold out before but initial stock was never this high. The Dreamcast sold like 200K to start, PS2 had 500K at launch. Xbox 360 was like 300K i think. So to have 2 million consoles essentially is ridiculous.

#15 Edited by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -

I really didn't think they would be that short on stock. Guess I should have pre-ordered when I had the chance to turn around and sell them on ebay. Seems like people are buying them for a $200-$300 mark up.

#16 Posted by Jnal (214 posts) -

Stores that are getting stock this week won't sell them until black friday. I know people at several stores who have them are not allowed to sell them until then.

#17 Posted by SomeJerk (3262 posts) -

All of Europe barring Paris and London: "wtf did our stock allocation numbers go down this hard?"

#18 Posted by dionysis (51 posts) -

@thehbk said:

@l4wd0g said:

@dionysis said:

It's interesting how hungry people were for a "Next Gen" system. It sounds like both Sony and MS sold everything they made with a million units each and deep pool of waiting customers. Compared to previous system launches, those numbers seem really high. I know I'm sort of a lapsed gamer and I couldn't wait to get my hands on both systems...

were they hungry? It every console I can remember always had limited stock for months. The PS2 was sold out for nearly 7 months where I live. The PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii were the same way. Stores just could keep them stocked.

Maybe people are hungry, but one thing is for sure, it seems like they have their supply problems figured out. Foxconn won't be going out of business anytime soon. Now if they could both launch with a fully functioning OS.

I think he does have a point. You have 2 systems launching next to each other, 2 million units and they sell out. Sure launches sold out before but initial stock was never this high. The Dreamcast sold like 200K to start, PS2 had 500K at launch. Xbox 360 was like 300K i think. So to have 2 million consoles essentially is ridiculous.

That is what I meant. I'm used to seeing numbers in the hundred thousands... not a one day million in two consecutive weeks. I'm curious if that will sustain itself into next year. I am surprised by the number of people I've talked to this past couple of weeks that are not only aware of the new consoles but actively looking into getting one or the other in the near future... people that I would have never guessed would have an interest...

#19 Posted by ll_Exile_ll (1743 posts) -

Despite all the talk that preordering and being a day one adopter is dumb and we should feel bad for doing so, I am certainly glad I don't have to deal with trying to find a console in stock somewhere before the good games start hitting. I can sit comfortably knowing that when infamous, Watch Dogs, and Destiny come out, I won't have to scramble to get a PS4. Plus there are all those digital and PS+ games that will release before then.

#20 Edited by ch3burashka (5088 posts) -

Slip me a Benny, and then we'll talk.

#21 Posted by leftie68 (215 posts) -

I live in El Paso Texas and you would be hard pressed to find a PS4 anywhere, however, today, I went shopping and Walmart, Target, and Best Buy all had Xbox One's.

#22 Posted by ProfessorEss (7401 posts) -

@thehbk: There's been a number times where I've gone and grabbed a game in the morning at Best Buy or wherever only to see a line fifty deep waiting at Gamestop. Sometimes it's been like 30 minutes to an hour after I effortlessly walked in and out of wherever I bought mine. Madness.

#23 Posted by sdharrison (476 posts) -

In retrospect, I should have stuck with my pre-order. I always underestimate how obnoxious it is to deal with mass humanity.

#24 Posted by Gonmog (586 posts) -

@yadilie: Well yeah, but there is backstock in all the stores around. They dont do manual pulls around here i guess. I'll do a stock check once a day when im there. It's odd. lol

#25 Posted by SecondPersonShooter (618 posts) -

I'm now in the mindset where I am going to snap up a PS4 as soon as I can, and if that means uppercutting a few soccer moms on black friday so be it.

#26 Posted by LutonHatter (331 posts) -

In the UK, so mine is still it its box on its pallet in here somewhere:

Roll on Friday!

All of 8.5 miles away from me.

#27 Posted by nutta27 (198 posts) -

I work in retail. We took 1 pre order and have 20 or so in....so we are good to go launch day. The question is do I pick on e up or wait till there are actually games (I have an Xbox One)

#28 Edited by Wuddel (2094 posts) -

In europe thay say next stock comes in next year.