Registered: Dec 2000
Location: Long Branch, NJ, USA
quote: I'd say most likely relevant, but with a few caveats...
Originally posted by turls
Most likely irrelevant, without payment in full. As I documented in the big thread.
1) He was the very first to order. And the very first to order a lot. Good Guys was second, and somewhat later. Then a bunch of folks jumped on the bandwagon much later.
2) Hughes (and later DirecTV, when they took over responsibility for distribution) was also aware he wasn't just ordering to stock, he was ordering because individuals had ordered. THis is the signficant difference and I think the important one. It is far better to have the units in the hands of end users than to be sitting on a shelf. This helps generate more buzz for the product and helps improve demand later on for it. Having some unkown people possibly complain they can't get one in a store versus having over 1,000 real people complain "where's the damn unit that I bought" makes for an easy choice of who to satisfy first.
3) It is known that Hughes (and now DirecTV themselves) has been in contact with those dealers/stores who pre-ordered and has sought info about the units being pre-sold or being intended for distribution to stores, so that's a pretty good indicator that the ultimate destination of the initial shipments was important for some reason.
Yes, it's still somewhat conjecture. But based on more substance, I think, than your statement. Of course, it's further validated by the dates different retailers are quoting for delivery.
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