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UK online retailer SimplyGames enforcing PS4 bundles [UPDATE]
Posted: 07.10.2013 23:31 by Comments: 1
UK-based online shop SimplyGames has stopped selling vanilla PlayStation 4s and have enforced bundle purchasing, raising the minimum pre-order price from 349.99 to a minimum of 414.99. What has gamers angry is that gamers who previously preordered for the former price must upgrade to a bundle.

According to an email sent from SimplyGames, "Thanks for bearing with us with whilst we finalised stock configurations with Sony." Apparently, customers MUST update their preorder and MUST choose one of the bundles, the lowest priced at 414.99, the others at 469.99.

Sony isn't pleased, despite SimplyGames' claim. "Sony is not and would not force anyone to buy something they don't want," Sony UK PR chief David Wilson wrote in a statement, "We value our consumers and offered the bundles precisely to give them choice and value. And the key word there is choice. We continue to work closely with our retail partners to ensure we offer this choice against the challenges of managing demand and inventory in the climate of amazing excitement and unprecedented demand for PlayStation 4."

The legality of this action by SimplyGames is suspect as well. The words that come to mind are "Bait and Switch", and Eurogamer's tipster stated that Trading Standards has been contacted. Stay tuned.

[UPDATE: Two 400 bundles with a game has been added to the retailers list of bundles, one with Killzone: Shadow Fall, the other with Watch Dogs.]
Source: Eurogamer

Comments

By nocutius (SI Elite) on Oct 08, 2013
nocutius
I hope they get properly fined for this move, this IS bait and switch. I also hope those customers remember this well for future reference.

Perhaps this was just an honest cock up on their part, maybe Sony sends out instructions in Japanese :).