Last night, the sewingmachinegal and I were at the mall. The big LCS with the high prices is there (OK, it's called Legends Sports & Games). I asked the clerk where the Magic Football was.
"Um, er, let me check." Feverishly button hacking his computer.
"2009, we're sold out." He replies.
I tell him, "I'm looking for the new 2010. I saw blasters at Target."
"It's not out yet. Retail always comes out first."
Blankly staring for a second, my response is, "Oh, ok, I will head back to Target. Thanks."
Dude says, "Thanks for stopping in."
First, why didn't he offer me a deal on a pre-order of a box? Not that I would have bought from them, because of their ridiculous prices. But, still, that would have been a good business practice.
Second, retail always comes out first. I am not a know-it-all, but I am pretty sure that's not true.