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Being an avid shopper at John Lewis (its practically been a first choice store for our family for decades, for everything from bedding and furniture to sound and vision) all of my main purchases come from John Lewis. My Wii was from John Lewis, PS3 headset, lots of things. I even buy all my clothes from there (An extremely costly habit) So its only natural for me to feel the urge to disregard every other retailer and buy my PS4 from John Lewis on launch day. However, I'm a little bit frightened. The JL website shows that a product doesn't even exist until launch day. (The Xperia Tablet Z and Bravia W9 didn't even exist to the JL website until its release day, so my guess is they don't take preorders for any products)
We were in GAME, Hayes, speaking to a sales assistant, and he was doing his usual sales tactics which ultimately lead my cousin to securing a PS4 with GAME, but with my stubborn nature when it comes to where I buy my materials from, I didn't secure a PS4 with GAME and said I was going to buy it from John Lewis.
One particularly notable 'fact' he mentioned was that GAME accounts for 70% of all PS4 units coming into the UK. Quite frankly I don't believe that. Amazon, Play, Tesco and John Lewis alone MUST be getting more than 30%, surely, and that's even before getting to every other supermarket and department store. I think he was lying, anyone else believe the same?
I'm afraid though. I'm afraid that John Lewis will show no sign of the PS4 until its release, and by the time I get to the store on release date (I'm planning to leave on release morning ASAP before the store opens to buy one, although I don't even believe that this will be enough to secure my purchase), they'll be sold out, as there is no current way of securing your console there.
He's not lying. GAME did get the majority for preorders. Amazon also had a fairly big stake but nowhere near GAME's.
If everyone preordering PS4's actually gets them on launch, it will be a number of machines that not only will dwarf XB1's launch sales but pretty much any other games machine in history.
I don't doubt the fact that GAME would have gotten majority, if that is true, seeing as that is the UK's only gaming chain, but surely 70%, that's a little bit outrageous, because if that was true, that would just be purely bad distribution plans on Sony's end. There are more popular retailers like Amazon who should be getting a fairly larger slice than GAME.
Given the John Lewis staff nearby me in the electronics section hadn't even heard of the PS4 or Xbox One I'd say steer well clear of them. As to Game getting 70% of PS4's coming into the UK... I very much doubt it. One of my good friends is a manager at a Game store, and he says that the big supermarket chains between them will have way more than Game do. He was saying he'd expect Game to get between 30% to 35 % of all units to me about a month ago, but that crucially he'd not heard anything about overall shipment numbers for either system. Although he did say that they'd had 3 to 1 pre-orders in favour of PS4 and that prior to Microsoft's reversal it was worse than that.
Aaaah, I'm really not keen on ordering from anywhere else! I doubt that John Lewis, arguably the country's biggest chain department store will miss out on something as big as next generation Playstation, that would just be bad business to ignore something of this magnitude. I think I should periodcally check up on the status of next gen consoles at John Lewis, and see what my friends are doing. If John Lewis has no information on the PS4 within the next few weeks, I may have to succumb to preordering from GAME and going to the midnight launch.
I'm going to be straight with you, I get a little bit of a discount there since a friend works there, which is why I'm so keen to buy it from there. It's quite a considerable discount too which is why I really don't want to get it from anywhere else.
Can't belive people still pre-order let alone buy from game,
they are over priced and make thier own bundles thier were no end of complaits with the ps3 launch and 360 launch of people having to buy a bundle with games they did not want!
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He just puts it down as a 'gift' for a close friend, its all in good order, plus its around my birthday too, so it won't be lying ;p
1 - ur mate cud get sacked as the previous person said
2 - big items like this wont even make their way onto stores. they just put them all online and first come first serve or maybe pre orders but only when they know how much stok theior getting. so they dont get people like you turning up and getting angry that they dont have enough.
3 - the discount isnt even that much so i would rather get a gaurentee one than alittle bit of discount
JL are an excellent retailer; I too am thinking of buying my PS4 from them. Perhaps OP buy online from Midnight on the 29th and have it delivered. So you may miss a days gaming, but benefit from JL's astonishingly good after care and own 2 year guarentee on all consoles. Not to mention if an instore retailer offers the console at less than £349 you'll get the price match for up to 28 days.
But GAME getting 70% of UK, lmfao! Every thread has one doesn't it?
:smileyvery-happy: I work for the John Lewis Partnership! If you like, I can go on Partnerlink and find out what if anything will happen with the PS4?
I was only hired in late August so I haven't qualified for my discount yet, but we get 15% at Waitrose and 20% at John Lewis. HOWEVER, it's not 20% on electronics, I don't think. But what I can do is log in as a Partner and submit a stock enquiry :Winner:
I just left the Partnership - I think its 12.5% at Waitrose unless its gone up in the last couple of months :)
Whenever I buzz someone's discount through my till it says 15% :smileyvery-happy: Solid discount if you ask me. I'm not sure what the electronic discount policy at John Lewis is. If it's above 10% than I will unquestionably go there when I finally buy a PS4 :smileyhappy:
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