Amazon.com passes on Wii, PS3 preorders

With days to go before console launches, online megastore says it won't take preorders; may not be able to deliver product until 2007.

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This weekend is shaping up to be a hectic three days for gamers looking to get the newest additions to the next-gen console family. High demand and low supply are causing problems for retailers, with GameStop already admitting that it won't be able to fulfill the PlayStation 3 preorders it has taken.

Seeing the opportunity to avoid a potential nightmare, online retailer Amazon.com has opted to not take preorders for the PS3 and will not take further preorders for the Wii. A forum goer claiming to be a member of Amazon's video game editorial staff broke the news on the products' message boards.

"This was not an easy decision, but we made the decision because we want to ensure that we can fulfill all of the orders that are placed within a reasonable time period," reads the post.

For gamers hoping to get the new consoles in time for Christmas, Amazon cautioned that delivery by the end of 2006 wasn't a guarantee. "We understand your frustration, but we believe it would be extremely irresponsible if we took preorders for product that we may not be able to deliver until 2007."

The news was better for the Wii, though, as Amazon stated that customers who did preorder the Wii online should receive their systems "shortly after" the system's launch date of November 19.

Amazon was not available to confirm or deny the news as of press time.

Discussion

56 comments
_Sam_
_Sam_

it's a good thing they didn't wait too much longer

Spectre89
Spectre89

My good deed for today: Fingerhut.com is still taking preorders for now. Sadly, they are $400 each. But they are shipping on Nov.19. The menu is hard to navigate, just: Go to Lets Shop (top) > Video Games and Entertainment > Nintendo Wii

dennmann29
dennmann29

Ok, it's like this... when the PS3 was first announced by sony they wanted to ship 2 million units for launch. Not a bad number, pretty much garenties a unit to anyone who wants one, or can afford it anyway. Well as usual with harware set backs and delays that numer became a fraction of what it was supposed to be. So with a mere 400,000 units for the whole north america then that means unless you live in a huge metroploitan area, where ever you live you will be lucky to see 100 units in your area. I did the math for my area from ads that came out sunday and there will be about 110 units ( I am in a upstate NY region). Now unless a place did not take pre-orders then you will be in line on wendsday for you friday release. Also unless you are the first 10-15 people in line you will be walking away empty handed. Now lets look at it like this, do you really want one of the first ones off the assemby line? Probobly not since statisticly Sonys first product off the line is usually rushed and full of bugs that have not been worked out or just fall apart sooner than they should. So my advice would be, just waite for the next shippment. It won't be long after the new year and it will give a chance for more games to choose from.

kyosukeugc
kyosukeugc

Do people still shop @ Amazon? I suppose so. I always forget about them until the holidays when they appear for commercials and such. Good move though, play it safe unilke certain other stores *cough* GS/EB *cough*

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Amazon is good people. So I respect their stance on this.

telvisnostic
telvisnostic

Good move on their part, but these poor souls will go broke on ebay, trying to own one.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

SacerdoteX: "Attention: IT'S NOT GAMESTOP'S OR EB GAMES' FAULT. THEY are told BY SONY how many pre-orders THEY can take. The company has NO say in that decision. A pre-order guarantees your SPOT in line, NOT a PS3. Yelling at them DOES NOTHING. SONY sells the PS3s, SONY determines how many units are sent, NOT Gamestop!!!!!!" Thats funny because Sony also tells other stores like Toys "R" Us how many PS3s to roughly expect and they were able to conduct an orderly preorder program with no problems. Yet for the second year in a row Gamestop has mangled the process up. If two different companies are getting the same information from Sony and one of them shoots themselves in the foot (again) then blame Gamestop management for at least some incompetence. I don't think it is fair for them or anyone to pass the buck off to someone else.

antonioscordo
antonioscordo

All I'm gonna say is that last weeks Walmart Flyer indicated that there would be a minimum of 20 wii's per store at launch. And they would start selling at 12:01 AM on Sunday. Can't remember how many PS3's were stated per store in the add. It was either not listed or a minimum of 10 per store . . . anybody out there happen to still have the add? My wife threw it away.

SacerdoteX
SacerdoteX

Attention: IT'S NOT GAMESTOP'S OR EB GAMES' FAULT. THEY are told BY SONY how many pre-orders THEY can take. The company has NO say in that decision. A pre-order guarantees your SPOT in line, NOT a PS3. Yelling at them DOES NOTHING. SONY sells the PS3s, SONY determines how many units are sent, NOT Gamestop!!!!!!

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

This doesn't bother me cause I'm not getting a PS3 till next year (once I have a job)

Shadow_Spinner
Shadow_Spinner

Hopefully all this is sorted out by Christmas. When I'm stepping in to next-gen. Which doesn't begin till this weekend...

PaperLink64
PaperLink64

Shortly after the Wii launch!? *face-fault*

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

Not entirely true. All the Nintendo handhelds have always outsold any other devices in Europe. And if I recall correctly, the SNES outsold the MegaDrive in Europe, too.

LoserMike
LoserMike

Wii is having 1 million at launch in North America and 4 million around the world by Jan 1st. So that's 4 million split between Japan, North America, and Europe. Most will probably go to Japan since that is Nintendo country. North America will get the second largest amount of shipments and Europe will get the least because Europe has never ever liked a Nintendo console (even the SEGA Master System sold more than the NES).

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

i already reserved mine at my gamespot so not important to me

WPack911
WPack911

I am 1# reservation at my GameStop for my Wii and don't want a PS3 right now at all, so this news is not very important to me. *shrugs*

akuya32
akuya32

Pre-orders is not a problem if its managed right. If you don't sell more then you are suppose to get then there wouldn't be an issue. Toysrus, Walmart and other stores aren't having any problems with pre-orders. For the second straight year it seems like gamestop sold more then they were going to have. Again, poor management is the issue not pre-orders.

Anamanaman
Anamanaman

Seriously... what is up with the Wii. Half the time everyone is saying that there are going to be millions of them. Then the other half they are saying they cant take preorders cause they cant fulfill them. The PS3.. fine. Only 400,000 of them. But the wii is supposed to have 4 million.... There was a line at toys r us at 5am in the morning on sunday for 20 friggin preorders. Half the people got there and didnt even get them.

Pudgieluv
Pudgieluv

Preorders aint that bad.. I mean.. it sux for the little guys that are craving the 2 new system that cant get up at 4 in the morning to wait inline for a preorder of there ps3 but then again.. when do kids have 700 dollars.. , I guess... its a little unfair.. but I mean.. the people who follow seem to be the people that follow more.. So in a way it is fair

shizwill03
shizwill03

Wii: Pre-Ordered at Gamestop on DAY ONE. I will pay it off this weekend so I can play ZELDA. :D

TheJoker003
TheJoker003

I'll wait till next year to order the PS3, its the best time for regular gamers.

Bane122
Bane122

vjso2 "Preordering is really a bad choice. Instead of spending $50 just to get it reserved, you could be patient and WAIT for the stores to calm down and you could get the system AND an extra game with those $50 you wisely saved. Unfortunately, we Americans are growing more impatient by the day and we want everything as soon as possible. " You do know that the $50 goes towards the cost of the system, right?

vjso2
vjso2

Preordering is really a bad choice. Instead of spending $50 just to get it reserved, you could be patient and WAIT for the stores to calm down and you could get the system AND an extra game with those $50 you wisely saved. Unfortunately, we Americans are growing more impatient by the day and we want everything as soon as possible.

TexEx03
TexEx03

I received e-mail today from Wal-Mart for Wii and PS3 pre-orders...

WPack911
WPack911

blazinpuertoroc, there is no way Sony is gonna ship 6 Mil by March with how bad making PS3's is going for them right now. They will be lucky to have 4 Mil made by March worldwide.

animemog
animemog

No problems here. If you really wanted they system, you'd have had it pre-ordered already. Somewhere.

jaredgood1
jaredgood1

Good for them. I'm quite tired of seeing businesses trying to sell something they they don't actually have (Gamespot, I'm pointing at your).

jm9117
jm9117

They lost out on a good deal...

juanfraino
juanfraino

Already got my Wii pre-ordered :D

LordAndrew
LordAndrew

How is this going to harm them? It seems like a smart decision.

blazinpuertoroc
blazinpuertoroc

the lack of ps3 is really starting to upset me...they better have shipped 6 million units by march or there going to fail at getting a good market share...

nix6six6
nix6six6

They're not skipping it, they're just waiting till they have a decent amount before they start selling them. Its not like they're saying, "Sorry Sony, we don't want to stock the PS3"

hunter8man
hunter8man

That's a very good idea considering what just happened with GS/EB Games. It's worse when an online retailer gets shafted on the number of systems expected. P.S. They didn't lose any business. They will sell them online like Best Buy and all other retailers will sell them on Friday. 5 days till PSWii!!!!!!!

StanleyL
StanleyL

Considering the man-hours they'd have to put in for customer service to deal with people complaining about unfulfilled pre-orders, I'd say Amazon is saving themselves money.

bottomdollar
bottomdollar

No, they just saved themselves a headache and a lawsuit. It hurts them and they realize it, but come one, its AMAZON.COM, one of the BIGGEST internet based companies. Trust me between the Wii and the regular holiday business they get, they will make plenty of money.

ShweyGamer
ShweyGamer

there not loosing any buisness noob!!

TheHermit
TheHermit

They would lose a lot more business if they ended up in gamestop's position. They will still sell every PS3 they get, so really they aren't losing anything.

SexConker
SexConker

Duh, Amazon will still sell out, and will still make tons of $. Amazon will make MORE money because they won't have to deal with people who cancel their order after they find out it has been delayed.