Best Buy backs away from PS3 preorders

Retail giant says it never intended to fulfill PS3 preorders; sends e-mail to those who tapped leaked order form online.

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Gamers this weekend were quick to react when forums lit up with news that Best Buy's online store was accepting preorders for Sony's PlayStation 3 game console, due to go on sale November 17.

Unfortunately, those who completed the online preorder form this weekend discovered today that their actions were for naught. The retailer sent those consumers notice that their preorders were being "cancelled."

"Thank you for your recent visit to BestBuy.com," today's e-mail began. "Unfortunately, your preorder for the PlayStation 3 gaming system will be cancelled."

Stating that its online store system "was not intended to take preorders on the PlayStation 3 gaming system," the company said any gamer who managed to preorder a console would not be charged.

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