Originally Posted by sheshechic
Yep, it releases on the 14th and I expect the TCL P to start shipping shortly after then.
I'm slow to jump on conspiracy theory bandwagons, but there may be some truth to this. What follows could be just my imagination going wild so don't take it as gospel or insider info. It's not. It's just a theory and I'll provide a counter theory at the end.
TCL USA public relations is active in social media and has done a great job answering questions on the Amazon product page and on their youtube channel. However any recent inquiries about a ship date have been ignored altogether. Combine this with what we know about the release of the Amazon (co-branded) Element TVs and the ridiculous August-July ship date window and we have some traces of evidence that Amazon may indeed be purposely stalling shipments of the 55P607.
Why would TCL allow Amazon to do that? Because Amazon is three times the size of Walmart at this point. TCL also is aware how good their product offering is compared to what Amazon is bringing to market and they are aware of forums such as this one where consumers are anxiously waiting. TCL is making great profits off the 2017 S series already so would they be willing to allow Amazon to delay shipments for a few weeks off from their original target release date? Maybe. It's likely that Amazon has complete control over how long it takes them to process/handle an item before shipment and that the product vendor has no say in this whatsoever. In fact, this could have something to do with why we are seeing the 55P607 listed as available as a "buy now" and not a "pre-order' as others have pointed out. A pre-order purchase may restrict Amazon to a tighter controlled ship window in order to honor the product vendors desired target release.
If they were asked to do so and perhaps even given incentive to do so by Amazon I bet they would. Seems nominal impact to them. Those of us anxiously waiting on this set to arrive are the only real looser in this case and what are we really loosing? The anticipation of a new toy is always part of the fun. If this were going on I'd love to know about it just because it would make an interesting story in how Amazon is using it's virtual monopolisitic power to influence vendors because of fear that they made a huge mistake in leaving HDR and FALD support out of their 2017 Element Fire TVs
But here's why none of the above is likely happening.
US antitrust regulators would probably be very interested to know this sort of thing were going on. If TCL took offense and had some evidence they could create quite a storm for Amazon. For that reason this is probably not really happening. Amazon's only incentive would be delaying the inevitable. Eventually they have to deal with competitors offering a much better value for 2017 models and they will have to deal with that reality before the Holiday season and before Superbowl 2018 (the times of year TV sales are highest). So would Amazon take this kind of risk? Probably not. Even if the delayed shipment of a competitors product is within their legal right, Amazon could face some serious PR
backlash and antitrust auditing if they were to engage in this sort of practice. I don't think they would risk that that for such a relatively small pay out.
I predict we'll see this TCL model leave the TCL warehouses on the original scheduled release date of June 5th and we'll see the first orders from Amazon shipping out to customers five to seven business days from that date. Factor in the 3-5 shipping window for Prime members and these should start arriving at doorsteps between the 14th and 19th of June. So basically mid-June, which is pretty much what's been advertised by TCL all along.