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Best Buy stores restricted to 4 Palm Pres for launch?

updated 07:25 pm EDT, Thu May 21, 2009

Best Buy to get 4 Pres

Best Buy stores are allegedly restricted to an initial distribution of 4,250 Palm Pres for the June 6th launch day, an unnamed source has told the Boy Genius Report. If true, each of the 1,000 stores to sell the device will only get 4 units at first. A separate source claims that RadioShack will only receive two phones per store, with availability limited to coastal areas such as New York, New Jersey and California.

An earlier report suggested Palm plans to ignite perceived scarcity through limitations on the number of units shipped, just 375,000, for the first wave. The quick sellout could potentially drive consumer demand and lead to an increase in headlines.

The company will be competing against the iPhone 3G, which sold 1 million units over the launch weekend in July of last year. A Polish carrier attempted to exaggerate demand for the phones, hiring actors to stand in fake queues in front of 20 stores around the country.

"We don't intend to advertise it heavily early on because we think we are going to have shortages for a while," Dan Hesse told PC Magazine. "We won't be able to keep up with demand for the device in the early period of time."

The Pre will be available on Sprint's network for $200 after a $100 rebate. Customers can find the handset at the Sprint stores, Walmart, Best Buy and RadioShack, among others.

by MacNN Staff



  1. sigzero

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is Palm crazy?

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is how they are preparing to compete against the iPhone? You'd think they'd delay the launch a few weeks to have more to put in the distribution channel? Look for a few people to make a mint selling them on eBay...

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    to create that artificial shortage buzz, huh?

    "Palm is proud to announce that in the majority of Best Buy stores, we've sold out all but 1 or 2 Pre's! WIN!"

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Best Buy at 10PM

    How many Pres do you have in stock?


  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ya right

    well it makes sense you have to make 1 before you can make the second, there will be 375,000 phones made, before you make the next 375,000.

    They could stockpile them ahead of launch, but this is Palm we are talking about.

    They probably don't want to stockpile for another reason, they need to get the money in their hands before they go belly up.

    well its ashame to see the whole spectacle, of professionals buying up the lot, and having to get your palm pre for double price off ebay.

    I'll just pass for a while...but I am going to give the palm pre a look when everything settles down, the early reports look promising.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OMG hacked palm pre's

    This just in, 4 palm pre's have made their way to Russia, and 3 of them are hacked for use with other carriers.

    You heard it on MacNN first.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If you see 4 people waiting in line for Palm Pre, don't bother joining them.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Four Pres in stock

    is one of the saddest releases I've ever heard of. I guess there'll be a riot when the first 200 people show up to buy a Pre. Every early buyer of the Pre is going to put it on eBay.

    Talk about hype saying that this thing is going to kill the iPhone. What good will it do if Palm can't even manufacture sufficient numbers. I always knew that the Pre was scarce and that's why they didn't let anyone play with it. If they broke it, Palm wouldn't have had a spare to replace it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I guess this would be killer, if Best Buy were the only place to buy Sprint phones. But they also have to supply their other retailers, as well as their Sprint stores.

    Apple is also known for stocking their own stores first, then worrying about their dealers and resellers.

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