Can't tell you how it "will" be done, since I don't work at Best Buy. Plus, I've been out of that business for a long time.
Originally Posted by gbp
However, I doubt that it's per store. The national chain I worked at predicted demand on a per-store bases, and bought in bulk. Then shipped what they thought each store would sell. Roughly 50% of stock was held back for resupply, but that varied widely on the product.
Another national retailer I worked at as a manager, operated totally differently. The warehouse was essentially a seperate division, and the stores "bought" from the warehouse, at an internal profit (meaning, the price paid by the stores was higher than the price paid by the warehouse, and that difference was the warehouse's operating base).
But both business models had something in common - there is no way either of them would have ordered that massive a number of devices for a brand new product.
The numbers are simply not adding up.
Now, if the article had stated that Best Buy was renegotiating a commitment to buy 270,000 over the next xxx weeks, I might have felt differently. The way the article states it though, just doesn't pass the smell test.