Since the other 360 resupply thread has branched off into an analysis of Microsoft’s stupidity – a worthy topic, I admit – I thought I’d start a thread for tracking the actual arrival of Xbox 360s. If you see one on a shelf, post here. If phone call number 235 to Walmart finally resulted in a “we have 2 in stock”, let me know. If you want to talk about a bundled launch and conspiracy theories, that other resupply thread is still alive and well.
So far, I haven’t seen squat and my entertainment center weeps from its loneliness.
I called two Wal-Marts today. One said that they would definitely be resupplied before Christmas but they didn’t know when or with how many units. The other didn’t know when they would be resupplied at all.
Not very helpful I know, but apparently typical of the quality of information available at the retail level right now.
Also, if you think I am posting on here if Wal-Mart tells me they have 2 in stock, you’re nuts. I’ll go get mine first, then post that they have 1 left.
Getting back on topic I was running some numbers in my head and I think those of us who don’t have them are going to be hard pressed to get 360s by the end of the year. MS says they want to ship 3 million units in 90 days. That is 1 million per month. So from the launch to the end of the year that is about 1.25 million. They put about 400k in the channel here, 300k in europe, and another 200k in Japan. That is 900k. Which leaves 350k to resupply all the territories until the end of December. Even if all of them come to the US, there are still preorders to come out of that. I would imagine there might be 200k (half the initial allocation) in the channel after the Japan launch and before the end of the year. That is not a lot.
Someone please poke holes in these numbers to give me hope of getting one before next year.
Well that is definitely somewhat better leaving us with about 450k units or so assuming they all are sent to the US. Still I kind of wish they would have held off on the Japanese launch at least another month and shipped those units here as well.