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#1 Posted on 21.5.04 1641.45
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http://dvd.ign.com/articles/517/517641p1.html

May 20, 2004 - The Hollywood Reporter has a story that Electronics Boutique is in serious trouble for allegedly selling The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King DVDs 10 days before the official May 25 release date.

How mad is Warner Home Video? The company has suspended all home video shipments to EB, which has almost 1,000 retail outlets in malls around the country. WHV complained that not only has EB refused to stop selling the titles, its top officials won't step in, either.
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#2 Posted on 21.5.04 1735.31
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Maybe they shouldn't ship them so early if they don't want them sold?

I can understand the retailer desiring to sell the items which are taking their valuable storage space. If WHV wants the videos stored, they should pay for the storage, and not expect their retailers to do it for free.
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#3 Posted on 21.5.04 1754.11
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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Maybe they shouldn't ship them so early if they don't want them sold?

    I can understand the retailer desiring to sell the items which are taking their valuable storage space. If WHV wants the videos stored, they should pay for the storage, and not expect their retailers to do it for free.
Sheesh, you are the LAST person I expect this kinda nutso reasoning from. EB could refuse the shipment if they didn't want to play by the rules. They could also piss off all their customers. I'll bet this'll piss off MORE customers in the long run.
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#4 Posted on 21.5.04 1805.57
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I found my store's ROTK shipment last night. It was awfully tempting to just grab one and buy it with a couple of other things, but that 24.99 pricetag was just too high.
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#5 Posted on 21.5.04 1902.35
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When I worked at Borders, laydowns (for books) generally came a week or two ahead of time. Normally, we would unpack them and put them in bins that said "Laydowns! Do not shelve!" and that was good enough. I think something got sold once maybe in the 3 years I worked for the company.

Now, with Harry Potter 4, it was a totally different story. We got the books maybe three weeks ahead of time. The boxes, if I recall, were different and had street date warnings on the boxes. And we pretty much were told not to even open the boxes. (Usually, we could open a box to check stuff out and then seal it back up or just put it back in the bin if it was already unboxed.) The gravity of the situation was explained over and over again to everyone about not breaking street date.

There was certianly many a time that I wanted to buy some Criterion DVD ahead of time, since we only got a couple in stock. But then, I'd just stack them or put them on hold before anyone else (since I was generally in charge of putting out the new books Monday night after close).
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#6 Posted on 22.5.04 0443.35
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Lise pointed out that I sounded like a dork, and I re-read it and realized I didn't make my point completely...

We've seen Best Buy break street a ton of times with wrestling videos, seemingly without repercussions. I guess I don't see it as horribly unfair for other people to try to compete with this.

That said, I've never worked retail, and I assume if they have a contract that they are going to get hit with breach of contract.

Dunno. I guess I take it back. I was wrong.
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