- The Final Hours: A final update before the Christmas hits.
- Options for the Patient and Vigilant
- Black Friday Options
- Last Resort Options
- I’m not paying a thousand dollars, and I won’t wait in a line for twelve hours. What should I do?
I know everyone has an opinion on the matter, but just for the record I don’t like talking on the phone. Something about not being face to face with the other person just makes me uneasy. Vulnerable, maybe, but mostly it’s just unsettling to be talking to someone and not seeing them in front of you. And while we’re on the subject of things that I don’t like, another one is repeating myself. I mean I’ll tell you something three, four, five times and be fine. But if you ask me the same thing for the hundredth time, I’m gonna get a little annoyed.
Let me preface all of this by saying that I love the PS4. It is a fantastic gaming machine with the power and the resolve to bring the greatest experiences in all of gaming to top even those of this last generation. That being said, as someone who works in retail, the days following the PS4 launch were really tough. Sure the midnight was fun, but now I probably answer at least fifty to sixty calls a day with people asking if we have PS4’s in stock, and if not, when we will. I understand, and I feel your pain people. That’s why I’m never rude on the phone. Does it annoy me? Sure, but even if it’s the first time you’ve asked me the question and the eightieth time I’ve heard it, I still try to be as nice as possible.
Customer service 101 out of the way, it’s clear that people want more PS4’s. The closer we get to Christmas, the more in demand this amazing system is going to be. If you recall, in my past articles I’ve quoted Sony executives claiming that there would not be a shortage of PS4 systems this holiday. In a recent interview with Game Informer, the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Andrew House, had this to say:
"We are ensuring that we have the broadest reach to ensure that people are satisfied, especially when they've been loyal to brand for so long. on the other hand, we're not engendering frustration by having a shortage of supply. I think through the holiday season that we'll be in good supply. The sales target that I announced for the company is five million units sold by the end of our fiscal year. March 31, 2014"
Optimistic words, but I feel like I’ve heard five million people alone ask me for PS4’s since it released. Okay, maybe not that many, but it’s a lot. The system still has yet to release in Europe (November 29th) and even farther along is the release in Japan (February 22, 2014) so you know Sony is probably focusing on getting those launches ready with plenty of systems. So where does that leave us fellow Sony fans? Where can you go to find a PS4 between now and Christmas. When the funds finally reveal themselves and you’re ready to go, I will show you the way.
The Final Hours: A final update before the holidays hits.
We are days out from Christmas people. Everything I've said below is golden advice, but time is now running out and people still need a PS4. I've scoured the internet and I've come up with some options. The number one place I found was Newegg.com. Normally known for computers parts, they currently have PS4 systems in stock with two day shipping. The catch is you need to buy something with it, but you should at this point because it needs games.
I know I bash it later in this article, but EBay as always has come through with PS4's in stock. The markups are modest compared to what I expected. Still, if you have the extra cash, I saw a PS4 for $600 that you could buy instantly. It's expensive and brings back bad memories of PS3's launch price, but it also gets you one. Shipping on EBay can be finicky though, so this is my second choice after Newegg.
Amazon has systems from third party sellers and some for the normal price but they don't ship until December 28th so they wouldn't be there in time for Christmas. Not the best option, but still available when I last checked.
As far as retailers go. I know my store received a shipment yesterday, but it was gone within hours. My advice is to scour the internet over the weekend as most stores don't get shipments. When Monday hits, it's no longer time to sit on the phone, it's time to get out there and start going into every store that carries it. You're gonna hear "No" a lot, and you're going to waste gas, but I can tell you from experience working in a store that the ones who come in are the ones you get it.
Hope this helps everyone still looking! Stay strong and have a great holiday season!
Options for the Patient and Vigilant
It’s not easy to have a goal, and it’s just out of your reach. PS4’s are coming, and if you have kids or your inner child is begging you for one, don’t worry, I’m going to help you find one. Checking every day with every retailers is exhausting, but checking once or twice a week is a good strategy. With shipments, it’s hard to disclose any information, but if you catch someone on a good day they may drop a hint or two for you. Remember, this is probably the thousandth time they’ve heard the question, but if you’re nice, maybe ask them how they’re day is going, they may be more inclined to give you some insider info, I know I would.
Most retailers get shipments throughout the normal week. Therefore, checking on a weekend probably isn’t going to do you any good. Currently, GameStop is offering a bundle that can be ordered in store for home delivery. Known as the “Epic Bundle” it includes the PS4 with an extra controller, a year of PlayStation Plus, a Turtle Beach headset, and just about every launch title for the system. Being that it’s such a huge bundle, it costs nine hundred and forty four dollars. Expensive, but if you add it all up, you’re not paying any extra, which makes it a good value if you intend to get all the items on offer at some point.
PS4 on Black Friday
You can also get a PS4 on Black Friday. I know, the simple term makes your skin crawl, but hear me out. If you’re willing to wait and you camp out, GameStop and Best Buy are promising PS4 systems in stock at the time of open on Black Friday. For GameStop this means midnight, for Best Buy this means a rough six o’clock PM, which means eating an early Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re taking this route, I would pick one and get there early. It may not hurt to scope out Best Buy and see how the lines look earlier in the day. Either way, this option will reward those who are there early, and I mean early. Here is a list of retailers to check on:
Last Resort Options - Be prepared to pay the price $$$
It's times like these that people look to make a quick buck off of consumer demand. You know what I’m referring to. Ebay, Craigslist, and even Amazon. These places will allow people to set a price and sell something for whatever they would like. Can you get a PS4 this way? Sure, but I’m not so sure the risk is worth taking. I know what you’re thinking, what could possibly go wrong? Here’s a tip, when you have to ask yourself that question, it’s probably not worth the risk.
Ebay and Amazon, the worst you’re looking at is paying a ludicrously high price, or someone trying to scam you. Of course these sites have security measures, but getting a refund or disputing a sale is time consuming and keeps you from utilizing that time to find a more reasonably priced PS4, or even one that is being sold for the normal price. These options are there, as of my writing this article I checked Ebay and saw launch systems going for upwards of five to seven hundred dollars. Now, five hundred isn’t horrific, but it’s still a hundred dollars more just for the sake of convenience.
Christmas is just over a month away, so this is really a last resort. One thing I would strongly suggest against is doing something in person like Craigslist. With something like this, people get desperate, and when people get desperate they get violent. Just the other day, in Downtown Orlando, a man was shot and killed while trying to sell his PS4. I love the PS4, but it is not worth a human life, not now and not ever. My advice, leave the Ebay and Craigslist stuff to the side. If mid December hits and you're scrambling then check Ebay again, but leave Craigslist alone, it’s just not safe. Keep in mind that prices are likely to skyrocket as we get closer to Christmas so really think this option through.
I’m not paying a thousand dollars, and I won’t wait in a line for twelve hours. What should I do?
Alright, I respect that. Your safe and savvy, so let’s talk brass tacks here. After Black Friday, I anticipate PS4’s becoming easier, not easy, but easier to find. So, are you worried I’m going to tell you to keep calling stores every day? Keep in mind we are checking daily and will always post news on this site and on our Facebook page. Secondly, don’t worry, we’ve got another great option, a little website called Wii Alerts.
But wait Bradley, I don’t want a Wii, are you serious? As a heart attack dear reader, but trust me, this is good. You probably remember how hard the Wii was to find, right? Well, this website is essentially a place where, back then, you could sign up with your email and be notified when any number of retailers has one in stock. It became so popular that they kept the name and expanded their repertoire to other devices, including PS4.
So, head on over to wiialerts.com and sign up! You can even give them a cell phone number so you can receive a text as well.
...But Most Importantly, Don’t Give up Hope.
Before the PS4 came out, I had a mom call me. Apparently a store associate told her that if she didn’t pre-order the PS4, that she should just give up hope. I told her that the person who said that is a sad, sad human being and completely wrong. Hope, my friends, is the strongest force in the universe. Unfettered by the passage of time, it stands strong in the worst of storms and the brightest of days. No weapon can destroy it, and no amount of propaganda can make it waver.
It lives in the hearts of every man, woman, and child, and it is a immortal and eternal force unlike any other. A flame that cannot be extinguished, all these things I have told you will pave your path, but when the winter comes and the nights grow cold, the flames of hope will keep you warm. Never give up, and never give in. If you take anything from this article, take that. Because unlike bread, it never goes bad.
Are you still hunting for a PS4? What tactics do you have for finding one? Tell us in the comments!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert Date: 11/22/2013