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PS4 In Stock Trackers Show Limited PlayStation 4 Availability, Sony Says ‘Be Patient’

PS4 In Stock Trackers Show Limited PlayStation 4 Availability, Sony Says 'Be Patient'

Finding a PS4 in stock is like finding gold according to some gamers, and the only thing Sony has said about the limited PlayStation 4 availability is to “be patient.”

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, finding a PS4 in stock at all only became possible after Christmas, and even a week later the PlayStation 4 availability was mostly limited to PS4 bundle deals and eBay.

In order to find a PS4 in stock, tracker tools are pretty much the only way to be quick enough to snag a deal. For example, we previously wrote about the GameStop PS4 bundle deals, but most of them, except for one, are sold out now as of this writing. Their PlayStation 4 Refurbished Remote Play Bundle includes a refurbished PlayStation 4 console, a refurbished PlayStation Vita, Killzone: Shadow Fall, Killzone: Mercenary for Vita, and a one Year PlayStation Plus membership. That’s not too bad considering a refurbished PlayStation 4 will likely have any previously existing PS4 error issues and glitches fixed, and the warranty would still be good. Plus, if you don’t like the Killzone games you can always return them unopened to a local GameStop, or try getting a gift card as a return at Walmart.

Unfortunately, if you stray away from the PS4 bundle deals the prices for a standalone console tend to be marked up. For example, on eBay you can typically find a PlayStation 4 for sale for around $475, including shipping. There are literally thousands of PlayStation 4 auctions on eBay every day, which is probably not helping PS4 availability at all. Worse, many of those sellers probably don’t realize that at the $475 price point they’re barely making any money. eBay charges a Final Value Fee of 10 percent so, once you include the price of free shipping, they’re only making about $10 for their effort, assuming they bought the console for the MSRP of $399.99 So, in the end, resellers are not making much money for their time and it’s just making it hard to find the PlayStation 4 in stock.

Speaking of out of control prices, Amazon almost always has a PS4 in stock through third parties, but the current best price is $499.99 plus shipping, which is a $100 markup and makes the Xbox One sound like a steal. Still, if you’re willing to pay the extra money for your impatience, this price point is actually lower than it used to be. Right after Christmas the starting price on Amazon.com was around $600, and the last time The Inquisitr wrote on this topic it was $530 plus $3.99 shipping. So, as you can see, PS4 deals are slowly dropping in price down to the MSRP.

Sony is said to be manufacturing about one million units a month in order to keep up demand. But people are becoming impatient and have pointed out you can find a Xbox One in stock very easily and at the normal price of $499.99. What does PlayStation executive Shuhei Yoshida have to say to this? He says gamers should just “be patient” when looking for the PS4 in stock.

Another gamer asked about PS4 sales numbers. While we know the PlayStation 4 sales numbers surpassed two million in 2013, Yoshida claims he doesn’t know what the latest news is, which seems surprising. It’s possible that’s bad news for Sony. They thought they’d sell five million units by March of 2014, but while Xbox One sales numbers were lower than the PS4, the numbers also revealed the Xbox One was selling faster.

Sony has also shot down rumors that they are limiting the number of PS4 in stock in order to artificially raise demand and thus prices. They are claiming the manufacturers are doing their best when it comes to maintaining good PlayStation 4 availability. What do you think?

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21 Responses to “PS4 In Stock Trackers Show Limited PlayStation 4 Availability, Sony Says ‘Be Patient’”

  1. Josh Stattman

    Lol they aren't giving out sales numbers because there is no reason to do so. Even with limited stock the PS4 is outselling the Xbox One on amazon, for example. And the system hasn't even released in Japan. It will easily reach 5 million by March. Very easily.

  2. Jonathan Dixon

    I just think its irrestonsible for sony not to further elaborate on the shorage of their highly anticipated console, they knew a head of time there was going to be a high demand for their console, so I do believe that a public apology letter is in order its not like there some start up company they've been in the busness for many years now. Another thing is its been almost three months sice the PS4 offical lunch how long does if take for them to catch up with the demand.

  3. Anonymous

    Look it has been less than 2 months, the demand is worldwide! They are not going to build multiple factories to keep up with demand just to shut them down as demand slows. How does this apology sound " dear customer we are sorry that we built such a popular, high quality product that you all want! We could have built something like the Nintendo wii u but instead we built a console that is so popular we can't keep them on store shelves " Do you really think this is just built in the same factory as a cd player or a tv. It is a matter of tooling up a new or an old factory for new production. They must work very hard to get robotics operating correctly and as they get this right eventually production speed will increase.They could have delayed the launch to backlog it's supply, but most would understand that missing the holiday shopping time slot would have been a huge mistake. Glad to know you really want one, be patient you'll get one before May.

  4. Anonymous

    Modern factory robotics and tooling take time to ramp up to full production speeds. If they had the stock to release what benefit would it be to Sony to sit on stock while there is a competing system on the market aiming for your money as well! As to production we don't want a RROD.

  5. Jonathan Dixon

    tmcrookham
    WHAT!!! by May are you serious, I'm pretty sure they'll be caught up by next month, if not I'm thinking this is all a marketing strategy. Or better yet Sony feels that their product wasn't ready and rush the lunch knowing that the console would have some minor or next to major flaws. Anyway I just hope I can get one by next month.

  6. Anonymous

    How does scarcity increase demand, and how is any of that benefiting Sony? Right now XBONE is a competing system aiming for those same dollars in your pocket. If Sony could produce more consoles they would, but at this point they are just beginning to ramp up production on their lines this takes time to get all the jiggs right on a robotic line.

  7. Cody Willumsen

    Tm heres the question why is xbox not having a shortage and I understand that sony has sold more but there is no reason xbox has nearly five consoles in every major market store and sony only has 800 dollar bundels…and all sony says is be patient. We deserve a better explanation to help us better understand. So we can essentially put our minds at ease cause we understand whats going on

  8. Tire Fires

    Why? What good does an "explanation" do for you? If you're not a total moron, it's pretty apparent — demand for the PS4 is higher than demand for the XBox One, because it's 100 bucks cheaper. It's likely demand was far higher than they had anticipated. Start up costs for production are quite substantial, so it's not like they can just boost production at the drop of a hat. It will take time for production to meet buyers' needs. It's a lot easier to play games in your mom's basement than it is to make a gaming system. Remember that.

  9. Tire Fires

    Easily the dumbest theory out there for high-demand goods. Scarcity does not create demand. Products people want at proper price points create demand. The systems tend to be break-even at best for the manufacturers. They make their money on the back end, selling games, network memberships, accessories, etc. It makes absolutely no sense leave money on the table, and I can guarantee they're not doing that.

  10. Noah Dixon

    I am confident Sony is well aware of their market and when there is enough of supply, owners of this fine product will be glad they were patient Like I always have been since the days of my first PS1.. they need time to work out the glitches yall…..hold on, it's comin ;)

    Noahd
    Los Angeles, California

  11. Chef Jason Mcgoldrick

    I think if they werent artifically raising the demand they would have produced millions before christmas. Sounds like a load of shit.

  12. Randy Silva

    Xbox One will eventually close the gap & surpass Sony again. Pretty stupid of Sony if you ask me.

  13. James Payne

    Tire Fires agreed. Scarcity jades consumers who want the product. In the end the consumers go with the alternate product or neither and use the money for something else entirely. I have wanted a PS4 for the last month and the scarcity has me leaning to replace my laptop. If the PS4 doesn't end up in stock soon I will replace my laptop and the PS4 will not be purchased for at least a year.

  14. Fernando Andre Lozano

    All nice comments based on what? Your expert authority? Let me drop some knowledge for you : Scarcity, in the area of social psychology, works much like scarcity in the area of economics. Simply put, humans place a higher value on an object that is scarce, and a lower value on those that are abundant.[1] The thought that we, as humans, want something we cannot have drives us to desire the object even more.

  15. Remington Krueger

    The same 5 Xboxone consoles have been sitting in each of the 3 area walmarts in FM. They don't even have a place to display the PS4's because they sell out the second they are brought into the store.

  16. Remington Krueger

    The same 5 Xboxone consoles have been sitting in each of the 3 area walmarts in FM. They don't even have a place to display the PS4's because they sell out the second they are brought into the store.

  17. Andrew Isadadandmarried Valente

    Ive been so angry with amazon they had stock coming in on 10th jan so I ordered it for my son's birthday on 22ed of sept "still waiting" they then said stock would not be in till 25th of jan now been moved again to 30 to 1st

    They still have it coming in on 25th on there site my little boy is so upset