Odd E-mails From Amazon.com Regarding Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’s Release Date

Supposedly Amazon.com sent this e-mail out to subscribed users:

You previously signed up to be notified when ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ (Book 6) became available. Unfortunately, we’ve learned from our supplier that this item will not be available from our suppliers in the foreseeable future. Someone may be selling this item through Amazon.com Auctions or zShops. We encourage you to search for it there if you’re still interested in purchasing this item.

We’re sorry not to have better news for you.

Then, a bit later:

Greetings from Amazon.com.

We’re writing to correct a recent e-mail notification that we sent about “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6).”

In our e-mail, we stated that this title would not be immediately available from our suppliers, and that you may want to search for it elsewhere. While it’s true that “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince” is not yet ready for eager readers, we do plan to notify you by e-mail when this book is available for pre-order on our web site.

We assure you that howlers have been sent to the muggles responsible for this action and we are investigating the possibility that You-Know-Who may have been involved.

We apologize for the incorrect notification that you received. Thank you for shopping at Amazon.com.

Sounds like someone made a good sized mistake. :) Or was playing games.

Via MuggleNet.com and The Leaky Cauldron.

Patrick O'Keefe

Managing online communities since 2000, I publish a collective of websites known as the iFroggy Network. I wrote the book Managing Online Forums and, as a public speaker, have presented for organizations like CNN, institutions like Australian National University and conferences like SXSW. More about me.

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