With excitement (and anxiety) building about whether we'll be able to get and hear these sets quickly after the 9/9/09 release date, Amazon US has issued the following FAQ:
Beatles Box Sets: Special Availability Message
We are currently sold out of the mono and stereo box sets. See our FAQ below for more information.
Why are the box sets currently sold out?
Collectible box sets take time to manufacture, and initial quantities must be determined well in advance of the product release date. In this case, demand has far outstripped initial supply. While we predicted that the box sets would be highly popular items, we had to work with the inventory allocated to us by the manufacturer.
We’ve been carefully tracking pre-orders, and we updated the product availability information on our site as soon as our initial allocations were depleted. We did this in order to ensure that we could fill all pre-orders without exceeding our allocation limits.
Will Amazon.com receive more box sets?
We will receive more stereo box sets. Sign up here to be notified as soon as they are available. While the mono box sets have a limited print run, we are always working to get more. Sign up here to be notified if we are able to secure any additional inventory of the mono box sets.
I’ve pre-ordered a box set. Will I receive it?
Yes, if you have pre-ordered a box set, you will receive it.
What happens next?
We will continue to provide you with up-to-the-minute information about the availability of the Beatles box sets on Amazon.com. As soon as we have more inventory available, we will include information in our Beatles Store and notify all customers who have signed up to receive information about the box sets.