The dates are obviously placeholder dates. But the price... Did Best Buy just assume the would be $40? They're just doing pre-orders on them to rake in the cash early and earn interest.
It doesn't matter if the official price is higher. If Best Buy promised you to sell to you at that price when you pre-ordered it, they must do it. That's their fault if they're losing money. Best Buy is usually honest and I respect them for that, we have strict laws concerning consumer protection where I live and Best Buy is the only specialized electronics store to follow them. EB Games is the worst there ever is, they're voluntarily breaking multiple laws. Sadly, many consumer protection laws are hardly enforced because the government is extremely lazy and incompetent. Fortunately, there was an uproar this year about it thanks to a very popular show about consumer protection whose host is a very influential journalist, and the government finally decided to take action... next Fall.
I'm French speaking.
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One million dollars says its not released on that day TC
Sometimes a pre-order date is the item's release date. Sometimes, it is a placeholder date. It usually isn't hard to figure out when it's a PH, though. For instance, I put the releases of games I'm anticipating in my Windows calendar. I'll change them around from time to time as the supposed "release date" changes. Right now, though, I have 5 games scheduled to be released on December 31 in my calendar just for the heck of it, but I'm pretty sure they won't actually be coming out then - it's a Friday, New Year's Eve, and it's commonly a PH date. In fact, I have Infamous 2 and Zelda: SS down with December 31, 2011 release dates. There is virtually no way that is when they will actually be released. That's just the retailers' way of saying they're under the assumption that those games will be released sometime before 2011 ends.
It doesn't matter if the official price is higher. If Best Buy promised you to sell to you at that price when you pre-ordered it, they must do it. Blah blah blah... Fortunately, there was an uproar this year about it thanks to a very popular show about consumer protection whose host is a very influential journalist, and the government finally decided to take action... next Fall.
And to finally put an end to this horribly misguided belief:
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From the BestBuy website "Conditions of Use" that you should try reading next time before posting. They can found at:
Translation: We aren't promising ****. Use at your own risk.
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