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February 19, 2010

Is there a PlayStation3 shortage?

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If you didn’t get one of the 1.36 million PlayStation 3 consoles that were sold over the holidays, you may have a hard time getting your hands on one now.

Sony officials are warning about a possible retail shortage due to massive sales in December. Sony is cautioning that the next few months will be tough for PS3 shoppers as the company tries to get more consoles on store shelves.

"We're working very hard with our retail partners to meet consumer interest, but the demand is tremendously high for the PS3 and we expect tight inventory in the coming months," Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Patrick Seybold told IGN.

Retailers are reacting. Best Buy is telling people they can’t pick the PS3 up at stores when ordering online and will have to wait until late February or early March for delivery. Amazon is changing their purchasing policies and limiting each household to only one unit.

A statement on Amazon's site said, "In an effort to provide as many customers as possible with the opportunity to purchase PlayStation 3 120 GB, we are limiting the total number of PlayStation 3 120 GB units that can be purchased. As a result, each household may only purchase one PlayStation 3 120 GB unit."

There has been speculation that the recent success of the PS3-exclusive “Uncharted 2,” plus anticipation for the upcoming final installment in the “God of War” series, may have boosted demand for the console.

Did you buy a new PS3 over the holidays? Why? And are you having trouble getting one now?

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Guest   February 19th, 2010 1:40 pm ET

Nice..i happily bough my PS3 on fall 2008, & I'm a proud owner of it. Nice to see Sony Saying "Tight supply" rather than "High Supply, low sales. With Games like Heavy Rain, GOW3 & FFXIII, the PS3 is undoubtfully getting momentum


NextGenGamer   February 19th, 2010 2:02 pm ET

Yeah right. Sony is doing this on purpose to create buzz and so people can think its a hot item... it is not!

Looks like Sony's old corrupt tactics are at it again.


Just me in the Lower 48   February 19th, 2010 3:13 pm ET

Fortunately, I just ordered one 10 days ago and it arrived last week. Maybe I should eBay it and make a profit and wait it out for another one?

Seriously, I sat on the fence for awhile on this purchase. With the new 2010 games coming out and the Blu-Ray Feature I thought why not.

There are a few online sources for this system (QVC,HSN) if you are willing to get a bundle!


Not Buyin IT   February 19th, 2010 3:14 pm ET

Next Gen Gamer is 100% right. They did the same thing with memory cards for the PS2 to keep the price at $40. It's smart, but it's definitely not true that they can't keep up, it's a CHOICE.


Just me in the Lower 48   February 19th, 2010 3:15 pm ET

Also, I noticed the lower availability shortly after Christmas. On 12/23/09, my local BB had STACKS of the 120 and 250 GB systems. Walmart and Target seemed to have 2-3 in the case and a few behind the register until late January.


nireyaj   February 19th, 2010 3:34 pm ET

I don't have a PS3 yet, but will get one after the rush dies down a bit. When they first came out the PS3s had 20GB,and the 60GB units were the nearly unobtainable must haves. Now 120GB units are common,and not the peak of what is possible. By waiting this long, I am able to get more power, more speed, more games, etc. If I wait a bit longer I will get yet more when I do buy. I never buy things-especially hi-tech things-when everyone else is buying them. I wait until others have-momentarily, at least-stopped buying, and manufacturers are anxious to sell...anxious enough to provide more features for less money.

The PS2 was on the market for over 5 years before I bought one, and it will serve my purposes for some time yet. I will get a PS3 when it suits me...not when it suits Sony, or some geeky, fad following, kid living down the street. Fads are for fools. Buying during a seller's market is for fools.


OPC_3.0   February 19th, 2010 3:40 pm ET

Nice try Sony. I don't know why Sony would be working with their "retail partners to meet consumer interest" when sales last year clearly showed that PS2 were outselling the PS3 in the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2009. If anything they should be making more PS2s to meet customer demands because according to sales numbers we consumers prefer it to the PS3.

This is clearly a marketing ploy to try and generate large demand where there is very little. Again, nice try Sony.


Mark Morgan   February 19th, 2010 3:47 pm ET

That's about as convincing as the, "As seen on TV" type ads...where they throw in a comment at teh end saying, "Strict limit of 5 per house-hold!"

Riiiiight... I don't even want ONE...but maybe if there's this mysterious "limit..." I need to "beat the RUSH" for them?

Ha ha... Nice try, Sony.
Wii and X-Box have been cleaning your clock for several years now.
Heck...I have a PS3, but they are seriously LAGGING in game choices.


adaradrian   February 19th, 2010 3:54 pm ET

I own both, I am much happier with my ps3. My xbox got red ring of death, they sent me one that I would have been angry to buy brand new, it is loud, and if I want to watch my netflix streaming or play ANY game online I have to pay $5 dollars a month. However my PS3 no hardware problems, very quiet, watch my netflix free, I can play online with others for free, it is better hardware, faster processer, blue ray higher resolution, (read any review FF on xbox 360 vs ps3 to see noted differences for visuals).

My judgements are made from the experinces I have had with both products and not because of some bias. On last generation systems I prefered my xbox to PS2 because it had better hardware.


OmarA   February 19th, 2010 4:26 pm ET

I don't think Sony is corrupt, just mismanaged a bit and not very good decision making. Apple, now that is corrupt. ..we will never swich to intel, intel is horrible, we will never switch to intel cpus they are inferior...


Lonny   February 19th, 2010 4:30 pm ET

The PS3 is actually hot. NextGenGamer works for MS and is feeling the downturn.


Bill Gates   February 19th, 2010 4:31 pm ET

It's a great Blu-Ray & DVD player with a great game system built in. Looks awesome on my 60" 1080p Plasma.


Shiro   February 19th, 2010 4:39 pm ET

Wow, Sony's up to it's old tricks again.

There was a joke made about this very same stunt Sony pulled back on the PS3 release day.

It can be found at vgcats.com #214 Vegonomics.


Eddie   February 19th, 2010 5:09 pm ET

I bought mine a few days ago, there were plenty and Best Buy and other places. Seems like it's an attempt to create buzz ...


JUNITO   February 19th, 2010 5:16 pm ET

HONESTLY NOTHING BETTER THAN THE PS3 IS BEST CONSOLE EVER MADE XBOX 360 CANT GET CLOSE TO IT GRAFFICS ARE SICK ON PS3 AND NOW WITH THAT PS3 EYE THING THATS GOING ON PS3 IS DEFINATELY THE BEST ON GRAPHICS, ONLINE, AS INTERNET FOR EVERYDAY USE I MEAN IS INCREDIBLE PS3 DO HAVE A HIGH DEMAND BC I HAVE A FRIEND THATS BEING TO WALMART BEST BUY, KB TOYS AND WE LIVE IN ORLANDO, FL WHICH IS A CITY AND IS LIKE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND FAVORITE GAMES NBA 2K10, AND CALL OF DUTY 1 AND 2 BUT PLAYED A BUNCH OF OTHER GAMES AND IS THE BEST


Someone   February 19th, 2010 5:39 pm ET

@NextGenGamer And where's your evidence to back up your claim. You sound more like a Sony hater to me...


Aly   February 19th, 2010 5:41 pm ET

wow...I will honestly stick to my b/f's wii, my ps2; xbox360; and ds lite. besides, i'm just playing games like tales of symphonia for the gamecube on the wii. if you can't play old ps1 and ps2 games on the ps3, there's no use for me to get it. i don't care for the blu-ray aspect either. i know the 360 isn't that great to a bunch of people, but i still love it for being able to play most regular xbox games, as well as the constant updating so you CAN play more regular xbox games. have a blast with your weird ps3 console!

Aly from OKLAHOMA!


Mgestyk12   February 19th, 2010 5:43 pm ET

Yeah, that's it. They already lose money on each one they sell, so let's pretend we don't have any.
Fail.


Raul   February 19th, 2010 5:48 pm ET

B.S. this is just a business trick to fool the consumers to buy a ps3, since they think there will be shortage. Not saying sony is cheating especially since microsoft cheats every one with the Red Ring of Death. Which is a great way to make it look like you are selling a crap load of 360's.


CW   February 19th, 2010 5:48 pm ET

I seriously doubt that there really is a shortage and as nextgengamer suggested it is probably a marketing ploy. However there are some very big titles being released soon and I would encourgae any fan of such franchises to buy them. Buying any console for just one or two games however makes little sense therefore one shouldnt make a single title the main reason for spending over $300.00


mannyp   February 19th, 2010 5:56 pm ET

@ NextGenGamer

Or maybe they r selling like hotcakes and are short on supply.


End User   February 23rd, 2010 12:33 pm ET

I still have one on preorder from 2 years ago


Chris   February 23rd, 2010 1:14 pm ET

There is no shortage....you can find these things anywhere. Dont let them fool you. Its a good console, but Sony has a habit of being a douche company.


john   February 23rd, 2010 1:22 pm ET

Its no lie. Im a sales associate at radioshack. We havent had any wii or ps3s since right before christmas. Our entire region is out as well and shipping is constrained until late feb or early march.


Pagan   February 23rd, 2010 1:34 pm ET

For anyone looking for a PS3 out there, Game Stop is taking orders on them for a refundable $25 deposit and have been told by Sony that they can expect the first units to start rolling in on the 26th. None of the big box retailers in my area have any or even have an idea when to expect them. Hope this helps!


Forrester7   February 23rd, 2010 1:36 pm ET

its true this past weekend i drove all over , and called everybody to locate the last ps3 IN WESTERN NEW YORK area, and found only one from buffalo to syracuse...............wOw


peterwhite37   February 23rd, 2010 2:22 pm ET

I live in Redmond, WA and work in Bothell,.WA – been to both Fred Meyer in the last few days – they have plenty of them there. I saw several at Target in Woodinville, WA too but that was a couple of weeks ago. Must be a local shortage only.


GamerGal8   February 23rd, 2010 2:50 pm ET

Its hard to believe that PS3's are in shortage, yet I did check Gamestop.com and they are indeed on back order. BUT DON'T LET THAT THROW YOU OFF!! Try visiting Newegg.com!! I just checked, they have plenty in stock. Don't forget to try Amazon.com and Buy.com as well. Speciality shops like GameStop would be the first to show a 'shortage' of PS3's.

I luckly bought a PS3 (unfortunately before the price drop. but fortunately before they introduced the Slim PS3). I love my PS3, but it does not see as much action as my Xbox. I've had my Xbox for almost 3 years with no issues, so its sad to hear about Red Rings of Death for some users. I won't 'hate' on either system, but in my opinion, I think both the PS3 and Xbox (if you dont save the game to the Hard Drive) can be loud while reading disks. I use Netflix on both systems, and must say its more convenient to use on the Xbox (no disc required). But I love both my systems, and wouldn't give either one up!


Tulsa_Chet   February 23rd, 2010 3:43 pm ET

It did take me about a month to get one from Best Buy. Great machine. Blu-Ray player is fantastic and game playing graphics are super. Networking and online features make it just that much more valuable.


Guess   February 24th, 2010 6:34 am ET

It's just Sony attempting to create some buzz about their console, which has fallen behind its competitors. Nothing more.


Toastie   February 24th, 2010 9:47 am ET

Wow, the console envy/insecurity is quite astounding in these comments. You people need to grow up and stop bashing a console just because you feel threatened.


NotAfanboy   February 24th, 2010 10:15 am ET

Just because you have plenty in your town/where you shop doesn't mean they are everywhere...could you idiots live in a bigger bubble please.


chaz   February 24th, 2010 3:40 pm ET

a few weeks ago i spent an entire day in Ann Arbor michigan looking for a ps3 and could not find one!! However monday i did purchase one and it is truly amazing!!


Omaha   February 24th, 2010 3:58 pm ET

just shut up guys, if you wanna get the ps3 then get it, if not than don't, if there is a short supply then too bad shoulda gotten 1 sooner! = P


No Info   February 24th, 2010 6:30 pm ET

Who really cares what Sony does or doesn't do. Microsoft is r@ping 90% of the world on software licensing, but we're still buying their products. If you don't like their game system, dont' buy it. I have all three and they all have pluses and minuses.

I did hear from a Gamestop employee that Sony was consolidating two PS 3 manufacturing plants in January 2010. This isn't confirmed though.


NextGenGamer   February 24th, 2010 6:51 pm ET

Gamestop is a monopoly. I would bet that Gamestop and Sony (and MS and Nintendo) are in bed together. So I am not surprised that gamestop has ps3 in backorder.

As for the deniers who think I work for MS or i'm a Sony Hater... I am neither. Although, I would love to work for MS as a programmer (in my dreams) and I don't hate Sony. What I do hate is when they over price their products. I just bought a PSP two weeks ago and I LOVE IT! So I am far from a Sony hater. I also don't have any hard core evidence that Sony is lying. But I am basing my assumption from Sony's history. Remember they made a big deal that xbox360 was not going to be backwards compatible and if you look at today’s ps3 they are not backwards compatible LOL! And take a look what the crazy "Playstation Creator" said before releasing the PS3. He said a lot of "crazy" things. Also Sony has a history of bad marketing practices.


jOeBloW   February 24th, 2010 8:41 pm ET

I've had my ps3 for almost 4 years now.
It makes a great bluray player, but my gaming is done on my xbox360. For me, it's simply a superior gaming platform.
I have a few extra ps3's i've traded for sitting in the closet, maybe it's time to hit up ebay with them.


Pcs are better, just saying...   February 25th, 2010 12:42 am ET

whoever said ps3 or xbox 360 has best graphics need only to look at PCs to see that their claim is invalidated.

Both xbox 360 and ps3 are essentially 4-5 year old PCs with graphic cards that are very outdated.

compare that to a modern gaming PC, which can run circles around consoles any day (and it's not $1000s, a decent one can be had for $500)

and you can still use controllers with it for a lot of games, just use Xpadder, it's not that hard.


Guest   February 25th, 2010 12:47 pm ET

Don't bother with Gamestop's recent pre-order offer for a PS3120 gig slim system. I pre ordered my system on Feb 9th, 2010 and paid it off on Feb 19th, 2010 with my taxes. The sales associate promised me the systems would be in by Feb 26th, 2010. Now they're telling me the systems may be delayed. To add injury to insult, my local Best Buy got in a bunch of PS3 120gig Slim systems, so I decided to cancel my pre order at Gamestop to purchase a system from Best Buy. Guess what? Gamestop told me that it could take upwards of a month to get my money back and I paid by debit card! What a shady practice! There might be a shortage of PS3 systems, but don't fall into Gamestop's clutches.


marty2900   March 3rd, 2010 11:54 pm ET

Your Exactly right NextGenGamer. They are only doing it to create buzz about it and get rid of all of them that are setting in warehouses. I personally was sony ps person for years. But since sony sat flat on its butt releasing the ps3, microsoft beat them to the punch for release date. I bought a 360 and love it. I dont know if I will ever buy one. I really like the controller much much more better than the stub sticked ps3, and xbox live is Way Way better than ps3 network!!!! Go Microsoft


joseph   March 4th, 2010 12:34 pm ET

This is true i have been searching everywhere & no one has it in stock.
The best bet would be to reserve it where you can. I am really glad that they are doing well. They made some really risky decisions & now it looks like it's paying off. Eat that Xbots!!!!


mikeinrichmond   March 4th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart all have stacks of them here in Va. Not sure what the fuss is about..??


mikeinrichmond   March 4th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

BTW, I have all 4 consoles (PS2,3,Xbox360,Wii) so I'm no fan-boy of any one in particular. They all have fun games.!


Kris Wood   March 5th, 2010 5:43 am ET

PS3 is a better system, and nomatter how loud XBOX and Wii fanboys yell, Sony has quietly and successfully been turning even their heads. XBOX's best has come and gone already...PS3's best has yet to come, and until it does, it keeps getting better and better.


Nicole   March 16th, 2010 1:03 pm ET

Well I have been to Meijer, Microcenter, Gamestop, target, BB, and Walmart in my city and can't find one. For all those who think it's a lie please help me find 1. I have God of War 3 and no PS3 LOL


jimmy   March 16th, 2010 7:03 pm ET

Add me to the list of folks who has GoW 3 and no PS3..hehe..my roomate has one, but its broken. Foolishly, I thought I'd just be able to randomly scoop up a PS3 somewhere afterward I picked up the game. Even a pawn shop (!) near me had no PS3s. No Best Buys in Houston have them listed in stock. Haven't tried Microcenter or all of the targets yet...Houston Gamestops only have a refurb 60 GB for 350! *insert cussing* I have 2 PS2s! Don't need the BC capability so much.


mike huntsmeltz   March 16th, 2010 11:15 pm ET

I don't know what your talking about dream caste is wayyyy sicker you guys ever play frogger....so sick.....but seriuosly I need ps3 where can I get one how long are theu going to hold out on us


John   March 17th, 2010 12:44 pm ET

This is a real shortage, I actually have a hard time believing it but I went to three stores myself and couldn't find one. Even online you can only buy refurbished ones from gamestop. I was shocked.


PS3 shortage? - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net   March 18th, 2010 2:33 pm ET

[...] lots of people were looking forward to God of War 3. Can't really find any news other than this: http://scitech.blogs.cnn.com/2010/02...ion3-shortage/ [...]


Scottie   March 19th, 2010 8:14 pm ET

I finally got enough money to buy my first current gen home game console, and I am definately set on buying a PS3. But, no stores in a 50 mile radius of my house has a PS3 console. I am going to look on my trip on spring break for one, but don't really expect to find one. Every store I call says that they have them on order, but it may take time for them to get more. I guess I'll just wait.


stefan   March 20th, 2010 1:53 am ET

I warrantied my playstation through target 1 month ago. I have a $500 target gift card and cannot get a ps3 and have no idea when I will be able to. What the hell is the problem!


???   March 24th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Can't find one anywhere in any store around me....there is a shortage....and it's driving me nuts!


Mistermodern   March 26th, 2010 11:16 pm ET

So it's almost April 2010 and I have been looking to buy a new PS3 slim for about a month now and no one and I mean no one seems to have either the 120 or 320 GB anywhere. Seriously I've been to Best Buy, Walmart, K-Mart, Sears, EB Games, Gamestop, and the local mom and pop shops and nothing. I guess there is a shortage going on right now. My mom works at K-Mart and they have no clue when they will be getting any systems in for sale. Uhhhh, I wondering if they are working on the 3D firmware upgrades before they start shelling the systems out again so people will have their PS3's to play games and watch movies in 3D if they choose. Anyway, I guess I can try e Bay or Amazon....if they are sold out there them I'm shi* out of luck!


Chad   April 5th, 2010 1:13 am ET

I know I have had a hard time finding a PS3 Slim.. Been looking for at least a month..

http://ezinearticles.com/?PlayStation-3-Problems&id=3763562


Jimbo   April 7th, 2010 1:05 am ET

They really do have shortage problems it's not done on purpose. If your console is not on store shelves it's not selling. I highly doubt they would do this on purpose with Heavy Rain, God Of War III and a better version of Final Fantasy XIII out....


Spencer Shein   April 24th, 2010 1:06 am ET

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Spencer Shein


Howard Jay Hirsch   May 7th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

It's May and there isn't a PS3 in all od Southern California. There is no update information on availability. Best Buy can't even provide an estimate when they will receive a shipment. This is very frustrating.


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