Amazon out of stock on Phantom menace?

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  1. chris georgeson

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    My friend got this email today, what is up with this?
    "Thank you for writing to us at Amazon.com.
    I've checked into your order (#002-3121554-4052031) and found that you may
    have already received e-mail from us about this item. Unfortunately, when
    we contacted our supplier, we learned that "Star Wars - Episode I, The
    Phantom Menace (English/ French)" is no longer available.
    This unavailable item has been cancelled from your order, and your credit
    card has not been charged for it.
    I apologize for this inconvenience. Until recently we still hoped to be
    able to obtain this item for you.
    We make a significant effort to keep abreast of prices and availabilities,
    but our reliance on our suppliers for information about the items they
    offer means that, occasionally, our database will not reflect all changes.
    Again, we are very sorry for any disappointment this has caused. Please
    know that we value your business, and hope to see you again soon at
    Amazon.com."
    What is doubly weird is that this is listed as being English/French, but the site shows it as English/Spanish . . . this may be nothing, but what is up with Amazon?
    Is this title that MUCH in DemanD?
     
  2. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    I do hope that was a mistake! How can they run of something before it is even out? If they ordered 100k copies and they are reserved, why can't they just order more? Could this have anything to do with the announcement tomorrow? - this could be scary, so I'm stopping here.
    Glenn
     
  3. Mark Harrill

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    According to our supplier (Image Entertainment) the title is going to be severely allocated according to Fox. We were told this 1 week before the title even cutoff for dealer pre-books. As a result, we were told to expect to be shorted. I talked to a couple other distributors and was told the same thing.
    My personal thought is Fox is going to try and create some artificial demand. It is very difficult for me to believe that they cannot make enough to cover the demand.
    Mark
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  4. chris georgeson

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    I haven't been following this topic at all until my friend emailed me about Amazon's reply, but I thank you very much, Glenn and Mark, you are both right on target.
    I asked my friend why Amazon?
    I guess my other friend is starting to look *smart* by pre-ordering the Japanese R2 version . . . .
     
  5. Randy_M

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    I was going to buy this locally, but if it's going to be out of stock right away, screw it...wasn't my favorite anyhow...
     
  6. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    That's scary. Since I haven't pre-ordered it yet, I guess I'm off to my local B&M on the 16th. Yikes!
    If I get there when they are open and they say that they are all gone I'm going to turn them in for early sales.
    Glenn
     
  7. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    I wanted to run this back up. I ordered TPM with DvdEmpire. I figure that if it doesn't ship out on the 12th, I'll just cancel it and pick it up locally.
    Glenn
     
  8. CRyan

    CRyan Screenwriter

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    Is it not illegal to create an "artifical demand?" I thought it was but I amy be wrong of course.
    C. Ryan
    [Edited last by CRyan on September 13, 2001 at 02:44 AM]
     
  9. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    I don't think that it is artificial. Why would Amazon say that? I'm sure that GL ordered enough to be made, but it sort of comes down to distribution. More people use Amazon then someone figured.
    I almost feel sorry for Amazon. Did they not order enough or hit their limit?
    Glenn
     
  10. Daniel L

    Daniel L Stunt Coordinator

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    Here's a scary thought... Maybe they haven't been paying their bills as regularly as they should be.
    Daniel L
     
  11. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Part of the problem is that they are printing for the entire world at once. Something like 8-10 million copies. I think the US is getting about 2 million to start with, but even so, do you really think that's enough?
    Jeff Kleist
     
  12. Glenn Overholt

    Glenn Overholt Producer

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    Yeah, mine always ship on the previous Friday, and I've used both priority and FedEx 2nd. That's really strange about yours. The only thing I can think of is that they didn't have yours on Friday, so they couldn't ship them out.
    Glenn
     

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