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Old 01-27-2011, 01:53 AM   #1
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Question Stock and Pricing

I am about to replace my PRS-600 with two PRS-650's (so my wife stops stealing mine. I was looking at Amazon.com and there seems to be almost NO stock. I find that unbelievable. Also, I just realized that I would have overpaid BIG time if I bought them now. Sony's site says they retail for $229, not +$310 like I have seen the last couple of days on Amazon.

I gathered from this thread that the reader is just out of stock rather than discontinued (which was my fear). Does anyone know when the next batch will start shipping to retailers? Are there any retailers who have them in stock right now and aren't trying to mark them up? Are there any retailers you all recommend that are selling them for less than the manufacture's retail price? I looked at a few places online, but I am not even convinced that they have them in stock...

Thanks folks.

P.S. Are you all SURE they are not discontinuing? lol I would much rather wait a couple of months for the wifi variant (if it even exists).
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:07 PM   #2
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I don't think they are discontinuing, but the supply has been spotty. They were sold out everywhere just before Christmas, then they became available briefly a week or two ago, and now it sounds like the supply has dried up again. But they release the new ones in the fall, so I suspect we'll see some more eventually.

In the meantime there seems to be no problem getting the 350 or 950. The 350 is getting discounted and the 950 has wifi. Perhaps you'd like one of those?
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:23 PM   #3
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...then they became available briefly a week or two ago, and now it sounds like the supply has dried up again...
Where do you get news of new supply? I'd love to be on that list.

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In the meantime there seems to be no problem getting the 350 or 950.
350 is too small. And best buy seems to have it in stock. Hmm..

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The 350 is getting discounted and the 950 has wifi. Perhaps you'd like one of those?
Gah. Why'd you do this to me? lol. Now I am looking at the 950 wondering, "why not?" I guess i just thought 650 since I own a 600 as it is. I plan to ultimately get two devices, so the 950 would really be pushing the limit on price. I will have to think about it.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:35 PM   #4
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SonyStyle.com has both the red and black PRS-650 in stock.
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You could get one 950 (or 350) from a place like Best Buy with a decent return policy and see how you both like it for a couple of weeks. There might be more 650s in stock by then, or you might have decided you like the other size. And there's nothing saying you each have to have the same kind. (Except jealousy, maybe. )
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Where do you get news of new supply? I'd love to be on that list.
I follow the news here, and then confirm it by checking out the various online stores. I already own a 650 but I'm watching for good sales on the other models, because I am already feeling the urge to own more of these darn things.
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I ordered a 950 from adorama when they were last on sale before christmas and have yet to receive it as they're still out of stock. B&H have also been out of stock of 950s since the same time.
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I ordered a 950 from adorama when they were last on sale before christmas and have yet to receive it as they're still out of stock. B&H have also been out of stock of 950s since the same time.
Huh. SonyStyle shows them in stock, and my local Best Buy has a couple, and the BB website shows them in stock for ordering. I didn't realize there were supply issues with these too. But I guess it doesn't matter if Bakura doesn't mind ordering straight from Sony.

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Old 01-28-2011, 03:25 AM   #9
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But I guess it doesn't matter if Bakura doesn't mind ordering straight from Sony.
Well, I normally wouldn't actually. I tend to buy a LOT from Amazon or Newegg when it comes to electronics. What are the 650 retail prices at (when they are selling)? I assume they are selling for less than $229. If not, then you are right, why not buy from Sony?

I probably won't try to get it until my iPad sells though. The money for that guy will get me two of these devices. And yes... two of the same is meant to remove the jealousy aspect.
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Huh. SonyStyle shows them in stock, and my local Best Buy has a couple, and the BB website shows them in stock for ordering. I didn't realize there were supply issues with these too. But I guess it doesn't matter if Bakura doesn't mind ordering straight from Sony.
Yeah it's weird. Last I heard they told me it was backordered with Sony and they had no estimated date. The other thing I'd recommend is wait a bit there might be another sale soon.. maybe for Valentines day.
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I follow the news here, and then confirm it by checking out the various online stores. I already own a 650 but I'm watching for good sales on the other models, because I am already feeling the urge to own more of these darn things.
Same here, same here, same here. Am keen to own a 950 but am kind of broke ...
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Well, I normally wouldn't actually. I tend to buy a LOT from Amazon or Newegg when it comes to electronics. What are the 650 retail prices at (when they are selling)? I assume they are selling for less than $229. If not, then you are right, why not buy from Sony?
I haven't seen them cheaper than MSRP. Which is why when I couldn't find it local or on Amazon I bought mine from Sony a couple of weeks ago.
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Hmm... maybe I can try a PRS-950 today. I don't care for the wireless, but that extra inch may be nice.

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Sony did have them on sale around Thanksgiving time. I ordered mine then, at $199.

But unlikely now, when htey are selling as fast as they can make them.
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