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Best Buy Pre InventoryRumor: EverythingPre has posted what appears to be a number of screen grabs from a Best Buy inventory system. The screenshots supposedly show the stock levels of the Palm Pre for many of its stores for this weekends launch. The shots originate from the site forum, where a member has been posting the images from various states and areas.

Rumors about Palm Pre stock levels have been all over the map of late and if these shots are indeed accurate, it shows that there will be a wide variation depending on the location. A quick perusal shows that some stores could have as many as 26 on hand for Saturday, while a majority will have stock in the single digits with no more than 3 - 6 units per store. The Best Buy location in Sunnyvale, CA (Palm's hometown) will purportedly only have 13 available on day one.

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From PIC's comments from yesterday

SeldomVisitor @ 6/2/2009 10:30:18 AM # Q
RE: From PIC's comments from early today
SeldomVisitor @ 6/2/2009 10:31:29 AM # Q
Just correcting the above Subject...

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Available Stock

alandrew @ 6/3/2009 12:29:07 AM # Q
This is pathetic !
Treo600>>Treo680>>Centro>>Pre
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these numbers seem off

anika200 @ 6/3/2009 8:54:02 AM # Q
I was waiting for a more informed comment but....
Am I the only one that finds the inventory numbers extremely low, almost bordering on absurd? Is this a pretty normal route for cell phone retailers?
Maybe they will do something cool and give, say, three day delivery on the rain checked phones.
RE: these numbers seem off
SeldomVisitor @ 6/3/2009 9:01:07 AM # Q
Why would a retailer carry thousands of dollars worth of a single smartphone EXCEPT at a launch? They have ZERO need to carry that inventory themselves, being able to "order refills" from their warehouse or wholesale distributor (and thus have to pay for the inventory) whenever they run out.

The outrageous numbers I've read of 500,000 Pres being shipped and available suggest HUNDREDS of Pres per retailer!

Now THAT'S absurd.

[frankly, I think 10s of units per nonSprint retailer is also outrageously high]

RE: these numbers seem off
anika200 @ 6/3/2009 9:35:13 AM # Q
"Why would a retailer carry thousands of dollars worth of a single smartphone EXCEPT at a launch?"

Yes, thats why I wonder about the listings that have zero on hand and zero in transit. Should they not have at least a couple of phones?

"They have ZERO need to carry that inventory themselves, being able to "order refills" from their warehouse or wholesale distributor (and thus have to pay for the inventory) whenever they run out."

This sounds reasonable too except for the press release that predicted a shortage and the mention of rain checks. So now the whole inventory at the warehouse becomes suspect.

I wonder if best buy is considered nonSprint? If that is the case then I would wonder about the 10s number as well. I have about 5 sprint dealers in my small town of 40000 so I guess 500000 is a plausible number? Does anyone have the total number of sprint retailers?

I actually cant wait to get one when att gets them. I will switch to sprint if they locate on the tower they just build 1/3 mile from my house. Rumor has it they are the first in line for the tower.


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