Curmudgeon Gamer
Curmudgeoning all games equally.
13 October 2006
Anybody can just take 'em.
Woohoo! This just in from Electronics Boutique! I can reserve my Wii now!

ebstore advert: 'As we cannot control production and shipping issues by the manufacturer, a reservation deposit does not guarantee receipt of a system available to purchase at launch.'

Reminds me of a TV show (the clip).

RENTAL CAR AGENT: I know why we have reservations.
JERRY: I don't think you do. If you did, I'd have a car. See, you know how to take the reservation, you just don't know how to *hold* the reservation and that's really the most important part of the reservation, the holding. Anybody can just take them.


Come to think of it, I think I'll start offering reservations for Wii's. Only $10. But, um, please do keep in mind that, as I cannot control production and shipping issues by the manufacturer, a reservation deposit does not guarantee receipt of a system available to purchase at launch. Or, honestly, at any other time. You may drop by and play my NEX, however, if you call ahead. Limit ten (10) per household.
--ruffin at 23:11
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I'll take 10!

*fires up eBay*

By Blogger jvm, at 14 October, 2006 09:11  

The major game chains took a major credibility hit during the X-box 360 launch.

Now many of them are either putting hedge language like this in their agreements (which I don't think would stand legal scrutiny -- if it doesn't guarantee the reserver a system then what is he paying for?), or offering absurdly low numbers of pre-orders, like my local EB games which ran out of Wii reservations after 30 minutes (and it's not even anticipated to run out of systems with with Nintendo promising 7 million of 'em available by the end of the year).

There is a small local game store near me, called "KB Games." They probably chose the name to attempt to confuse people into buying there, but I still like them for some reason. They seem to have a little bit more of a soul to them than the ConHugeCo that runs EB. The guy who runs it seems a little iffish about Wii though -- shame, as those little shops could stand to really clean up if they were to offer a decent preorder system.

By Blogger JohnH, at 14 October, 2006 17:21  

All of this preorder business is a lawsuit waiting to happen when the wrong customer doesn't get little Johnny's PSwhatever after putting whatever ridiculous amount they ask down.

And I agree, taking money without guaranteeing a product is probably shady business as far as the law is concerned.

By Blogger BruceC, at 16 October, 2006 14:08  

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