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Old Nov 12, 2003, 11:18 AM   #11
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Default 828s on Sony UK Site.

I must admidt that I am not familar with the camera market -- can anyone who is explain why Sony would purposely mislead customers if it did not intend to release the camera until Dec./Jan.

What purpose would missing the prime Xmas season serve?
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Old Nov 12, 2003, 11:30 AM   #12
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If everything were run as it should be, I don't think that they would mislead people. Holiday purchases are a huge percentage of annual sales. They want to sell these cameras now. If there are last minute problems, they just might not be able to do it.
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Old Nov 12, 2003, 11:44 AM   #13
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> What purpose would missing the prime Xmas season serve?

None.

Sony has wrecked sales of the DSC-F717. If the world had
not heard of the 'F828, Sony could have expected to sell a
comfortable number of 'F717s into the holiday season.

Sony has also caused people to delay purchases of
competing gear, such as the EOS-300D, but it's not likely
that this is a deliberate move, because Canon can't
supply any additional demand as it is.

This whole thing looks as if a classic hi-tech 11th hour
problem developed.
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Old Nov 12, 2003, 7:23 PM   #14
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For what it's worth, I spoke with SonyStyle about one hour ago and they said they did not know when the camera would be available. One online vendor previously told me today that he expected it in the middle of January.
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Old Nov 12, 2003, 9:19 PM   #15
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> One online vendor previously told me today that he
> expected it in the middle of January.


Amazon (ASIN: B0000D8IU8) had been quoting 20 Jan.

As of a few days ago it became:
This item is not stocked or has been discontinued.

If Sony takes down these pages, get really worried.
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Old Nov 14, 2003, 12:40 PM   #16
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Default Promotion Movies on Japan Site

Sony has posted two promotion movies on their Japan website
Go here:
http://www.sony.jp/products/Consumer...828/index.html

Skip the flash intro and click on Promotion Movie.
There are two. The one on the right is in english.
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Old Nov 14, 2003, 2:19 PM   #17
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A friend of mine who is Japanese looked at the sony.jp F828 page and said that the red text is the updated ship date. ... mid-December.
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Old Nov 16, 2003, 6:32 PM   #18
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I spoke with official at SONY-USA who said they were disappointed that the camera would not be in US for Christmas sales..Jan 15th would be more realistic
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Old Nov 17, 2003, 3:56 PM   #19
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Ok, here's another one for the rumour mill - let's keep it turning

I went to a digicam expo at the weekend and the Sony rep assured me that stocks would arrive in Sony warehouses mid-late December and in the shops mid January.

He was very firm about it and got quite annoyed when I told him I'd heard different things about the delivery dates.

Actually got to handle one as well - very nice & very quick

Oh well, the wait goes on I guess...
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Old Nov 18, 2003, 10:14 AM   #20
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Default Ordered from SonyStyle!

I just ordered one from sonystyle.com. They expect it to ship "on or around Dec 29".
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