PSP Go: UK games retailers remain uncertain about stocking the handheld

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 25 June 2009 17:49 GMT

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Independent retailers Chips and Grainger Games have small expectations for the PSP Go release in UK shops.

Both have yet to receive pre-orders for the handheld, and while Grainger plans to offer small quantities of PSP Go, Chips doesn’t see a reason to stock it unless customers specifically ask for it.

“From my point of view I’ve got to think, ‘Do I want to stock this?’ Right now I can’t see any justification for stocking it,”managing director Don McCabe told Edge. “Certainly I’m not getting the response from consumers. Normally when a new piece of kit is launched or announced I’ll get a multitude of people saying ‘As soon as that comes out I want one of those.’

“[Potential] first adopters are on the phone within seconds of it being announced and you’ve got your pre-orders. I don’t have a single pre-order for PSP Go at the moment.”

Chips currently has 30 stores in the UK,  and McCabe said that if the chain “suddenly gets a wealth of pre-orders”, he’ll reconsider his position.

Until then, the store has no intentions of stocking the product.

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