NEWS - Wednesday, September 5, 2001


Toys R Us Sold out!!!

A news report on Yahoo stated that retailer Toys R Us Inc. said on Wednesday that its online store sold out its first batch of XBox game units in 30 minutes on Tuesday. Toysrus.com and its online partner Amazon.com Inc. began preselling the XBox this week, but only in a bundle for $200 above the suggested retail price.

A spokesman for Toysrus.com said that its entire batch sold out online in about 30 minutes, but would not disclose exactly how many such bundled units had been sold. He said the next pre-sale offer opens Sept. 11.

Toysrus.com said on Tuesday that the console will only be available bundled with the accessories, and not as a stand-alone unit. The forthcoming GameCube from Nintendo Co. Ltd. will also be sold as a bundle only, she said.

``We have historically noticed that consumers prefer to buy consoles this way,’’ said Jeanne Meyer, vice president of corporate communications for Toys R Us. Consumers save on sales tax and shipping and the company saves on processing and inventory costs.

Specialty retailer Electronics Boutique also began taking XBox pre-orders through its Web site this week. Those pre-orders are also limited to bundle-only packages, with prices in a range of $499 to $724.99.

Barnes & Noble Inc. subsidiary GameStop is also selling bundles through its online store, priced in a range of $599 to $1199. One of its five packages is also sold out.

While Meyer said that Toysrus.com sells consoles in bundled form by choice, some press reports have suggested that Microsoft has linked unit allotments and marketing funds to retailers’ willingness to sell bundled consoles and give the XBox certain amounts of shelf space.

Microsoft spokesman James Bernard said the company is giving marketing dollars to retailers that sell specified pre-sale bundles, but he denied that unit allotments are also tied in and said such promotions will end once the console goes on sale at stores.

``A lot of retailers on day one will be selling the system stand-alone for $299,’’ he said.

Accorinding to Bernard, the required bundle package has to include one Microsoft game and two games by outside developers, and one peripheral device. Retailers that sell that bundle get to display a logo saying they are a certified XBox merchant, in addition to the extra marketing support.

``It’s also a way to limit the number of units that are out there in advance,’’ Bernard said.

Thanks DR.J for the heads up.
Source: http://www.xboxaddict.com/

Comments

Site Statistics

Registered Members: 44,830
Forum Posts: 725,834
Xbox One Titles: 1,480
Xbox 360 Titles: 1,086
Xbox 360 Kinect Titles: 95
Xbox 360 Arcade Titles: 585
Original Xbox Titles: 987
Staff Reviews: 1,763
Member Reviews: 10,339
News Articles: 14,767
Screenshots: 31,867
Xbox 360 Achievements: 45,112
Xbox 360 Faceplates: 2,016
Cheat Codes: 1,706

Latest News








See News Archives

Community Forum Activity

Xbox Playdates Canada September, 2018 Playdates info thread.
Post by Kiesey
2 Replies, 224 Views

No topics about Xbox 360? Want to play FC3 or BFH?
Post by AddMeForCoOp
2 Replies, 310 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada August, 2018 Playdate info thread.
Post by Kiesey
5 Replies, 523 Views

Xbox Game Pass
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 677 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada July, 2018 playdate info.
Post by Kiesey
3 Replies, 681 Views

Manette Xbox One Xfest18
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 901 Views

Xbox One X Mountain Dew
Post by oryanphine
0 Replies, 745 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada June 2018 schedule
Post by Kiesey
1 Replies, 907 Views

Xbox One X Black Panther
Post by oryanphine
3 Replies, 1294 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada May 2018 schedule
Post by Kiesey
4 Replies, 1178 Views

Is anything happening in XBox One land?
Post by DJ tx
8 Replies, 1684 Views

Xbox One S Jojeux Anniversaire
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 1043 Views

Xbox One X Steelbook
Post by oryanphine
1 Replies, 1099 Views

Xbox Playdates Canada April 2018 Schedule
Post by Kiesey
4 Replies, 1427 Views

Xbox One X World of tanks
Post by oryanphine
2 Replies, 1461 Views

© 2000-2018 XboxAddict.com - All rights reserved. All trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft. XboxAddict.com is not affiliated with Microsoft.

Made in Canada
Site Design by Cameron Graphics