Several stores in the Target chain across Australia have refused to sell copies of newly released Mario Tennis Open today, citing “stocktake” as a reason.
Aussie-Gamer have collected numerous reports about stores in the Sydney area refusing to hand over copies of the anticipated Nintendo 3DS title today, despite it going on sale in Australia from midnight.
When contacted, several local stores told us that they had stock sitting in boxes in their store room but it’s unlikely they would go on shelves due to a recent stocktake. A ‘stocktake’ is the action stores take to count all the stock on hand in the shop, usually completed towards the end of a financial year to get an accurate picture of how much inventory they’re carrying for tax purposes.
One store even told us that the copies of Mario Tennis Open were lost in transit, blaming the couriers for not delivering stock. The timing is especially problematic, as most stores across Sydney stay open late on Thursdays for the weekly “late night” trading hours.
Worse still, the game has been advertised across the internet and in local stores and catalogues as being AU$55 which is amongst the cheapest prices around. Competitor Big W, for example, had stock on hand for AU$57, while entertainment retailer JB HIFI were selling copies for AU$59.
We were told in all cases that stock would be put on shelves in “a couple of days”. One store even said that a number of customers had put their name down to reserve their copies, which they expected to be in stores by Monday next week.
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We reached out to Target for comment, but at time of writing have not received a reply.