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Whats the deal with xbox 360s?

Posted on 12/17/2005 4:19:50 PM PST by SDGOP

I wasn't one of the people who stood in line for hours and hours when the xbox 360 first came out, but i was wondering if anyone knew if microsoft was making another shipment for before christmas or is it just hopeless? I went to the local EB and they said microsoft won't have another shipment until after the holidays. That kind of seems like a dumb idea, why cut off the shipments during the holidays? Can anybody shed some light on this, thanks.


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1 posted on 12/17/2005 4:19:51 PM PST by SDGOP
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To: SDGOP

ping


2 posted on 12/17/2005 4:21:34 PM PST by sanormal
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To: SDGOP

why cut shipments right before Christmas? easy..get everyone that didn't get one in the first rush itchy to get one in the second rush..


3 posted on 12/17/2005 4:21:40 PM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (Islam is a religion of peace and they'll behead 13 year old girls to prove it...)
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To: SDGOP

http://videogames.yahoo.com/newsarticle?eid=427586&page=0

Hoping to get an Xbox 360 in time for Christmas? It may pay to be in good with Santa Claus, according to PJ McNealy of American Technology Research.

McNealy believes that Microsoft intentionally kept supply projections low in hopes of overshooting its target come the end of the month, reports Reuters.

However, McNealy thinks the plan may have backfired.

"We believe that (Microsoft) has tried to keep expectations low for retailers this holiday with the hopes of over-delivering. We believe that over-delivering is unlikely at this point," McNealy told Reuters.

All is not without hope for 360 hunters, though. McNealy predicts 300,000 next-gen consoles will hit the market next week, bringing his projection of worldwide units shipped to near 1 million. That number is still far below his initial assumption of 1.5 to 1.8 million Xbox 360s through retail by the end of 2005.

As far as the software side goes, McNealy predicts further price cuts and deals over the next 12 days leading up to Christmas. He also believes that while recovering slightly from a less-than-stellar October and November is a possibility, any chance of moving beyond expectations is "unlikely."


4 posted on 12/17/2005 4:24:57 PM PST by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (The UN did such a great job with Oil for Food in Iraq, let's let them run the whole country)
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To: SDGOP

Its obvious... we're being misled


5 posted on 12/17/2005 4:25:16 PM PST by UglyinLA
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To: SDGOP
Can anybody shed some light on this, thanks.

Two words.. Micro Soft... They have never shipped anything on time.

6 posted on 12/17/2005 4:25:36 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: SDGOP


PS - I'm pretty sure it's Bush's fault.


7 posted on 12/17/2005 4:26:48 PM PST by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better (The UN did such a great job with Oil for Food in Iraq, let's let them run the whole country)
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To: SDGOP

Microsoft rushed this product to market to beat Sony and to capitalize on the Christmas rush. There aren't nearly enough to meet the demand. And the hype helps sell more.


8 posted on 12/17/2005 4:27:24 PM PST by IronJack
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To: SDGOP

I say part artificial shortage and part production problems.

Microsoft should concentrate on a particular region first.

Release in North America first, Japan 3-6 months later and then Europe for example.

Nintendo and Sony does this well. Of course Japan gets everything first for obvious reasons.


9 posted on 12/17/2005 4:27:40 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: SDGOP

Can you shed any light on why I should want one?


10 posted on 12/17/2005 4:27:58 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert

If you have an HDTV the graphics are awesome.


11 posted on 12/17/2005 4:29:55 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: nuconvert

So you can eradicate any sense of family and social contact from your life. Seems to work for others.


12 posted on 12/17/2005 4:31:22 PM PST by TexGuy
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To: UglyinLA

What did they know and when did they know it?


13 posted on 12/17/2005 4:31:27 PM PST by SDGOP
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To: SDGOP
The rumor I have been hearing is that mass quantities were rerouted to Japan for the premier there, where they now sit like the ugly dogs in the pound. Also, word is that Best Buy has a stock of them saved up for a sort of 'Second Debut' before Christmas. Or you could hit EBay.
14 posted on 12/17/2005 4:31:51 PM PST by ClockworkNinja (Firearms are tools in the hands of the law-abiding, and weapons in the hands of idiots and crooks)
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To: SDGOP

It's Bush's fault.


15 posted on 12/17/2005 4:32:11 PM PST by Souled_Out
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To: nuconvert

Its for my little cousin, i know he wanted one and his parents asked me to look around to find one down here(there up in la) since there all sold out up there.


16 posted on 12/17/2005 4:32:20 PM PST by SDGOP
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To: SDGOP

Sounds like they're sold out all over the country


17 posted on 12/17/2005 4:33:50 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: SDGOP
Sorry, but you are screwed.

Me? I've got two.

I paid kids to stand in line for me, so I was able to get a second one for my girlfriend's brother for Christmas. Since using mine, I've dumped the girlfriend and kept the second 360.

There is going to be a small Christmas shipment, but your best bet is to pay big bucks on EBay if you REALLY want one.
18 posted on 12/17/2005 4:34:14 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: SDGOP

Heard on the news that Best Buy will have more this weekend. Sunday, I think. Call 'em and see what they say.


19 posted on 12/17/2005 4:34:21 PM PST by nralife
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To: SDGOP

its hopeless. nothing will be out until feb.


20 posted on 12/17/2005 4:35:31 PM PST by minus_273
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To: Yaelle
If you have an HDTV the graphics are awesome.

That is an understatement. I've got the big new Sony. Gotham Racing and Madden are amazing.

21 posted on 12/17/2005 4:35:49 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Yaelle

nope


22 posted on 12/17/2005 4:35:53 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: SDGOP

I've heard that Best Buy will have new shipments on sale the morning of the 18th, but once they are sold out, that's it.


23 posted on 12/17/2005 4:36:47 PM PST by HitmanLV (Listen to my demos for Savage Nation contest: http://www.geocities.com/mr_vinnie_vegas/index.html)
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To: ClockworkNinja
Ok, more info. Here is the URL for pictures of where your pre-ordered 360 ended up.

http://www.kotaku.com/gaming/xbox-360-japan-launch-guide/xbox-360-sellout-is-impossible-142359.php

And here are some BB stock numbers. If this is accurate, they have a few hundred sitting around for the 18th.

http://www.xboxtoday.ca/12092005/19/xbox_360_allocation_numbers_for_best_buy

Sorry about the long form, my HTML = suck.
24 posted on 12/17/2005 4:37:02 PM PST by ClockworkNinja (Firearms are tools in the hands of the law-abiding, and weapons in the hands of idiots and crooks)
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To: SDGOP
Look, if you find a store that is going to have a shipment, you have to find yourself a teenager who will spend 24-48 hours in line for you. Pay them $50 plus all the Burger King they can eat, and you should have no problem. Give them a cell phone and have them call you 30min prior to the opening. Get your 360.
25 posted on 12/17/2005 4:37:55 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: SDGOP

On very good authority - AMAZON.com has them. At least they did on Friday.


26 posted on 12/17/2005 4:39:42 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (Never corner anything meaner than you. NSDQ)
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To: SDGOP
Son in law ordered one around Tgiving, from a place near his home in Colorado. It arrived last week.

Guess you ought to keep checking in your area.

27 posted on 12/17/2005 4:41:15 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: TexGuy
So you can eradicate any sense of family and social contact from your life. Seems to work for others.

I'm sure you didn't mean to leave out the "totally escape from reality" part.

28 posted on 12/17/2005 4:59:25 PM PST by Jolly Green
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To: Jolly Green

Oh yeah! and "totally escape from reality"....


29 posted on 12/17/2005 5:06:01 PM PST by TexGuy
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To: SDGOP

It's the old supply and demand game. Microsoft can make more money as people become desperate for this new toy, and will pay the going price or more for it. After the holidays, the product will be more widely available and they might even drop the price a bit. There will also be knock-offs available for sure.

Every single year, there is a new "must-have" TOY that drives shoppers berserk. The Xbox is equal to the Cabbage Patch Doll of the 1980s.

I do wish the libnuts would explain why everyone seems to have so much money lately that they can afford the Xbox...LOL. I thought we were all in soup kitchen lines!


30 posted on 12/17/2005 5:09:01 PM PST by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: SDGOP

Too much consumin', not enough elves.


31 posted on 12/17/2005 5:14:34 PM PST by kylaka
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To: SDGOP
Best Buy will have some for sale tomorrow morning. Each store has a different amount to sell, anywhere from 25 to 60 per store. Good luck though as the lines are already forming.
32 posted on 12/17/2005 5:17:44 PM PST by robby (xbox360 gamertag...........bainrowe)
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To: SDGOP

Microsoft wishes to thank you for this thread. :-)


33 posted on 12/17/2005 5:21:20 PM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: SDGOP

They are selling on Ebay for over a grand... It is an awesome console.


34 posted on 12/17/2005 5:23:22 PM PST by NTW64
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To: robby

The Best buys in Chattanooga has had people camped out in tents since last night to be in line for 8AM Sunday morning.


35 posted on 12/17/2005 5:45:05 PM PST by lil'bit
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To: SDGOP

From what I've heard, Micro$oft intentionally limits the quantities of their initial releases so they can score marketing point by claiming "every until sold in XX days". They are intentionally limiting supplies to increase their prices and make their more gullible shareholders happy.


36 posted on 12/17/2005 5:52:49 PM PST by pillbox_girl
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My local Walmart had lots of them yesterday. Try getting out of the big cities.


37 posted on 12/17/2005 5:57:06 PM PST by chesty_puller (USMC 70-73 3MAF VN 70-71)
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To: lil'bit

My husband just went to Best Buy in California to pick up our Christmas present (a flat screen TV), and he said people were camped out there waiting for xboxes.


38 posted on 12/17/2005 5:59:41 PM PST by luckystarmom
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They aren`t short. I just saw a few hundred of them in Akihabara (Japan) yesterday. I don`t know if they use the same software as American games or not, and I don`t care anyhow. I have a PC. =)

I`m glad my son is still too young to be caught up in the latest toy fads and the artificial "shortages" that come up every Christmas. Not much longer, though. *sigh*

39 posted on 12/17/2005 6:26:31 PM PST by Alien Gunfighter (Socialist liberals never imagine themselves as peasants under their 'perfect' socialist regime)
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To: lil'bit
I managed to get a 360 on the initial launch, 11/22. It was a bit crazy, but I got in line at 9 pm the night before. I waited in line overnight for 13 hours, in the cold windswept rain. It was a great bunch of people. It was funny to see people pulling into the parking lot at 4 Am and 5 Am thinking they were getting there early. Lol. I have a feeling there will be news stories of violence this time around.
40 posted on 12/17/2005 6:30:45 PM PST by robby (xbox360 gamertag...........bainrowe)
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To: lil'bit; luckystarmom
The only thing I ever camped out for was seasons tickets to the SU basketball games with the guys and gals in my dorm back in college. We all got sit in the student section behind the team right near the court for the whole season for $30. Plus, it was an all night party with your friends and room mates.

It may have been silly, but it was also college.

Camping out these days as an adult for video game strikes me as the same type of people who are Star Wars or Star Trek geeks. I couldn't believe that people camped out for weeks before the last Star Wars movie opened, but they did.


41 posted on 12/17/2005 6:31:51 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: robby

I sat in line at Wal-Mart for about fifteen hours. The same thing happened there, with people showing up at 10:00 pm wanting to know where the line was. Tickets were given at 9:30 pm, and the chairs (which represented the number of XBox's available) were full shortly after noon.


42 posted on 12/17/2005 6:32:27 PM PST by LanPB01
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To: SDGOP

Screw 'em all.

I was gonna plop down $1200 for two (games, accessories, etc), but had no idea they'd mishandle the shipping this badly.

So instead I'm going to check out am Armalite AR-50 on Monday.

Thanks, Microsoft!


43 posted on 12/17/2005 6:52:16 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: Pukin Dog
Look, if you find a store that is going to have a shipment, you have to find yourself a teenager who will spend 24-48 hours in line for you. Pay them $50 plus all the Burger King they can eat, and you should have no problem. Give them a cell phone and have them call you 30min prior to the opening. Get your 360.

That is if the teenager doesn't steal the 360, your cell phone, and your 50 bucks.

44 posted on 12/17/2005 6:59:05 PM PST by lowbridge (All that is needed for evil to triumph is for "RINOS" to do something)
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To: lowbridge
How does the kid steal the X-Box, when he doesn't have the cash to buy it? That is why they call, so you can come down and make your own purchase.

And you don't pick kids you don't know either. Don't be such a cynic.
45 posted on 12/17/2005 7:03:05 PM PST by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Pukin Dog
How does the kid steal the X-Box, when he doesn't have the cash to buy it? That is why they call, so you can come down and make your own purchase.

I got the impression that you would give the teen the cash ahead of time to make the purchase for you. I didnt think of having the kid call you to tell you that he managed to get his hands on an X-box, come down and pay for it

And you don't pick kids you don't know either. Don't be such a cynic.

TeensR'Crooks

Dont trust a teen. Even one you know.

46 posted on 12/17/2005 7:22:25 PM PST by lowbridge (All that is needed for evil to triumph is for "RINOS" to do something)
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To: SDGOP

My understanding was that each branch of the major chains got 30 units each, with notice that that was it for the Christmas season. I also understand that Microsoft was in such a rush to get XBOX 360 out this season before Playstation 3 is released next year, that there are design flaws in the unit--most notably, if you play the game for 4 consecutive hours (and what kid doesn't), the game heats up to such a point that it locks up until you cut the power and the unit cools down.


47 posted on 12/17/2005 7:26:20 PM PST by cincinnati65 (Just up the road a piece.......)
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To: mad_as_he$$

Where on amazon.com is the xbox 360?


48 posted on 12/17/2005 7:36:14 PM PST by SDGOP
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To: Pukin Dog

Lol, i'm not sure if i want to put this much effort into it. I 'm tempted to find an online site, place the order and let it come in when it does.


49 posted on 12/17/2005 7:36:39 PM PST by SDGOP
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To: nralife

Hey thanks for the tip! I called, our Best Buy has 24 to sell at 8 a.m. And already had a few in line outside. So my poor 16 year old son is in line in the cold. I will go relieve him later tonight.


50 posted on 12/17/2005 7:47:45 PM PST by HoHoeHeaux ("Bayou Farewell")
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