Video game retailer Gamestop
PS3 hype is indeed building; in its third-quarter conference call, management commented that the gaming console is being sold at a huge premium in the aftermarket, after gamers snatch up the limited supply currently available at Gamestop and sell it on eBay
But right now the industry is on the cusp of a cyclical upswing as new console introductions will lead to powerful growth in complementary software and accessory sales. These cycles tend to last five years or more, and the rising tide of demand can lift all ships competing in the space, be it the hardware creators, software developers, or retailers.
The good thing about Gamestop is that it benefits regardless of which platforms or games prove the most popular. Management announced during the earnings call that it is excited about its prospects and that the product diversification it is seeing is the most widespread ever, with at least six game platforms to meet nearly any consumer preference.
I'm still weighing the investment merits and drawbacks of the stock, as the industry is notorious for volatility related to product shortages, delayed release dates, and fickle consumer tastes that make supply and demand balancing even more difficult. Gamestop shares have been known to swoon following a holiday hangover as sales fail to live up to expectations, but as long as there are enough PS3 devices to go around, this season could prove record-breaking.
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