CNET’s Reisinger: Palm’s manipulation of Pre supply to concoct ‘sold-out’ status is just wrong

“Bloomberg reported Wednesday that the Palm Pre might be in short supply when it’s made available later this year,” Don Reisinger reports for CNET.

Reisinger continues, “Citing estimates by six market analysts, Bloomberg says the Pre will ‘debut with about 375,000 units in stock.’ According to the report, that relatively small number (Apple sold 1 million iPhone 3G units in the first three days of availability last year) might have little to do with Palm’s output capacity and quite a bit to do with its desire to live up to the Pre’s hype.”

“‘It’s important to have a success like selling out,’ Hugues de La Vergne, a Gartner analyst, told Bloomberg. ‘The Pre has to live up to the hype or else they’ll lose their momentum to rival products coming out soon after,'” Reisinger reports. “Neither Palm nor Sprint has confirmed plans to use a stock shortage to sell more Pre units.”

Reisinger writes, “I understand the business logic. I know that if a company needs to make a product work, hype and desire are two powerful effects to have on their side. But I think it breaks the social contract between the company and the consumer.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “silverhawk” for the heads up.]

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