Initial Palm Pre stocks may be low. Expect “Sold Out” signs soon after launch
We told you that it’s very likely that Palm may have serious Pre shortages soon after launch.
Well, today Bloomberg confirms that initial Palm Pre stocks may be low (375K according to the median estimate of 6 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg).
The scarcity and “Sold out” signs in shops may create a buzz and stimulate future demand for Palm Pre a few months down the road.
And it might be a smart marketing tactic on behalf of Palm and Sprint.
Only it probably isn’t a conscious decision on Palm’s part to have low number of Pres. As we reported back in January:
It seems that the initial production run of Palm Pre devices for Q3 will be limited to 200 000 units. That is because only a limited amount of non-standard display panels for Palm Pre is available for now. Palm expects to start ramping up the production volumes heading into Q4 and holiday season. With the expectation that a very positive reception of the handset, combined with the shortages will fuel the demand as production volumes increase.
Well, no matter what the reason is, if you really want to get your hands on Pre soon, you’d better act quick when it finally ships.
And if the stocks are that low in U.S., I wonder what that will do to the Pre’s European lauch date?