The SF consumer cycle:
wow this item is awesome!
oh wait, retail on it is a lot
not awesome enough to buy it at retail
not awesome enough to buy it at first round of sales
wait, how come nobody stocks the more "interesting" stuff anymore?!?
Not directed at anyone in particular. The difference between Geller shows and stock in stores seems like a good example though. Pre-orders seem to be helping all parties a bit, but I don't know if that's sustainable.