New Sony PSP sold out before Christmas
This Christmas will see many disappointed faces when they come to opening their presents on Christmas day.
The source of anxiety for many parents is Sony’s PSP games console. Demand has been so high that most of the major retailers say they have run out and it is doubtful that they will get any more before Christmas. For those who turn to online suppliers hoping to have more success, it is the same story there also.
Basically if you haven’t got a Sony PSP already, then chances are you won’t be able to get one before Christmas.
The only other alternative is to pay over the odds for special PSP bundles which include some games with the console, or to buy a console from abroad and risk British games not being compatible with it.
The PSP is the latest games console from Sony and is the first console that is wholly portable. However it still has its key features apart from playing games such as playing films, music, displaying photos and downloading songs. The screen has techies going wild because the screen is of such high quality.
One of the biggest online retailers Amazon sent a warning to customers that even though orders are being placed they probably won’t be fulfilled in time for Christmas. They took the decision to stop taking orders for Christmas deliveries on 16 November.
Many High Street stores will not be getting new stock in before Christmas day. Desperate parents are turning to the internet in a last ditched attempt of securing a PSP.
The result has been websites providing lists of retailers who can supply the PSP. But many of these retailers have themselves sold out leaving one option, to buy an expensive console and games package.
Some packages can reach exorbitant prices, up to £1,100, as they include 24 games. The only problem is the games are unlikely to be their first choice anyway.
If you do not want a package deal, it may be worth looking at international auction sites like eBay. A word of caution if you are thinking of buying a PSP from abroad, British games may not work on them, and the warranty may not be valid in the UK.
Sony had tried to ensure there would be enough consoles to meet the Christmas demand by increasing production in China. Their aim was to have 1 million consoles for the UK.
Fiona Moriarty, the director of the Scottish Retail Consortium said, “There has been huge demand for the PlayStation PSP. The product has really taken off, it has caught the imagination. Despite Sony’s best intentions they just haven’t been able to keep up with demand.”