Ellington, CT (PRWEB) December 20, 2006
Online services such as NotifyWire.com, which track online retailers and sends "in stock" alerts to members via email and cell phone text messages, have been surprised at the amount of availability online. "I wasn't expecting this much volume before Christmas," said Ian Drake, the entrepreneur behind NotifyWire. "I think we're already at the point where many people won't pay a premium for the console or be forced into buying bundles," he continued, explaining the common practice of bundling consoles and games to force anxious buyers into higher margin items.
Compared to last year's Xbox360 release, Ian says the PlayStation 3 has been available at more retailers, more often, and for longer periods of time. "Last year, at NotifyWire.com, we tracked several one thousand dollar Xbox 360 bundles which would sell out in less than two minutes after becoming available." When asked about PlayStation 3 availability this year, he sited a recent example. "Just today, a one thousand dollar PS3 bundle was in stock at eToys.com for over 12 hours. This sort of thing didn't happen with the Xbox 360 until well after Christmas." Perhaps Sony should be worried.
More evidence that suggests waning demand for the PS3 is available on eBay. Days after the PS3 was released, consoles purchased at retailers for six hundred dollar were consistently flipped on eBay for over two thousand dollars. As of this writing, the same console is selling for slightly above retail and in some cases not at all.
Although Ian said he's not currently tracking eBay auctions, he did comment "I think people are tired of being gouged on eBay and services like NotifyWire.com are making it easier for the every day person to buy the PlayStation 3 online from a retailer they know and trust."
While the Playstation 3 is not readily available from retailers online or off, it looks like level of enthusiasm for the console is moving closer inline with the supply and this is clearly not what the industry was expecting.
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