TigerDirect Canada now shipping the ASUS Transformer Prime, should arrive Wednesday

Ian Hardy

December 19, 2011 8:06 am


You can take this for what it is… and it looks like those who pre-ordered the ASUS Transformer Prime tablet from TigerDirect Canada are the lucky ones! We’ve received a few tips of According to this doc it shows the Android 3.2 Honeycomb Prime is en route to Canada from the United States and should arrive “by end of day” on December 21st.

The release of this tablet has been a bit frustrating/confusing as many retailers confirming its delay. Last week NCIX, Best Buy Canada and Future Shop all noted that “We’ve recently been informed by Asus that there is an unexpected delay in receiving the items, and as a result, we are unable to ship the tablet on the date originally planned.”

We’ll have more info soon, but Wednesday is looking good for some Canadians.
(Thanks M!)

  • D Kupiec

    Interesting… Then again… seeing it on my hands and then I will believe it.

  • Pascal

    Still no news from Staples…

    • Pascal

      Just got off the phone with Staples.ca. They are still waiting for the shipment from Asus. No word on a tentative date yet, but on the website they change the Delivery: TBD to Coming Soon. Can’t wait to play with mine.

  • Ben

    Still no news from Memory Express :(

  • D Allan

    Let’s see if Tiger Direct can give my son Andrew a surprise!

  • Jimbo

    Very frustrating, just pick a date and follow through with it. Still going to get one when they hit the stores, thou.

  • PureTO

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Tiger bought up the batch that had the WiFi issues. They sell some sketchy products at times.

    • Davlu

      It has nothing to do with Tiger Direct, when the tablet is ready from Asus they will ship it. End of story. Asus wouldnt send out broken products to some retailers and hold off on others… I am assuming the delay comes from supply and demand issues.

  • Davlu

    You are welcome ;)

  • PureTO

    UPS tracking shows it’s coming outta the US… interesting.

    • TripleHelix

      TigerDirect’s main depot is in the states. No surprise that it would ship from there.

      Perhaps they have a shared warehouse for both sites which could explain why they got their shipments in.

  • Turning_Blue

    I think ASUS is shipping the US first and the WiFi is just face saving. They would send out defective product anywhere. Since Tiger direct is getting theirs from the US and not ASUS – looks like their customers win first delivery.

  • Turning_Blue

    Typo error above :

    They wouldn’t send out defective product anywhere.

    Sry

  • Waiting Patiently

    My wife ordered a Prime for me on December 2nd or 3rd from Memory Express. She received an email from them Friday… Here’s what Memory Express had to say…

    You’re receiving this email because you’ve expressed interest in the Asus Transformer Prime, Asus next-generation quad core high performance tablet or Docking station.

    We just received word this morning directly from Asus Vice President for North America Sales and Distribution that the production on the Transformer Prime has been temporarily delayed.

    Asus focus has always been on high quality and with the Transformer Prime being their flagship tablet product they’re spending some additional time and resources to ensure that the Transformer Prime reflects that at launch.

    About the quantity, we have no idea yet how many we are going to receive. And basically we do first come first serve basis once we received some.

    At this current moment we don’t have a solid ETA on when pre-order stock will be arriving, as Asus updates us I will forward the information your way.

    Please advise us if you are willing to wait or cancel the order.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Thanks,

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Memory Express Computer Products Inc.
    3333 – 34 Ave. NE
    Calgary, Alberta T1Y-6H2

    • Waiting Patiently

      Turns out that others received the same email from Memory Express as early as December 8th. I just spoke with CSR who couldn’t provide any shipping dates for Pre-orders.

      Still Waiting Patiently

  • Shane

    I preordered it in November from Staples. I haven’t received any email notification from Staples. I never order anything from Staples again!!! Staples sucks.

    • Angelique

      Agreed Staples sucks… they do not communicate at all with their customers… I pre-ordered the 64gb Champ. Gold tablet on the 29th of Nov and they sent me an email confirmation that I would recived it by the 13th of Dec….. since then no communication at all… I had to call them for updates and they are clueless.

  • Clockwork

    From Asus North America Facebook Page as of 2pm:

    ASUS North America
    Transformer Prime Update:

    ASUS started filling the inventory pipelines this past week for our new Eee Pad Transformer Prime and will continue to do so on an expedited basis for the foreseeable future.

    We will reach normal inventory levels in January for the North American market based on current orders and forecasts. Based on forecasted supply schedules to our valued partners we expect pre-order allocation fulfillment to occur shortly and online or in-store availability in the very near future.

    We will continue to work closely with our partners to fill customer orders as quickly as possible.

  • Michael

    from Facebook North America ASUS

    ASUS North America

    Transformer Prime Update:

    ASUS started filling the inventory pipelines this past week for our new Eee Pad Transformer Prime and will continue to do so on an expedited basis for the foreseeable future.

    We will reach normal inventory levels in January for the North American market based on current orders and forecasts. Based on forecasted supply schedules to our valued partners we expect pre-order allocation fulfillment to occur shortly and online or in-store availability in the very near future.

    We will continue to work closely with our partners to fill customer orders as quickly as possible.

  • Hound

    I had mine preordered from TigerDirect and now the delivery date is pushed back to 1-15-12.

  • AlbertaSmooth

    I just called Staples, they just said the Prime 16 Gig (Grey Only) will be shipped sometime this week. There are no other colours available.

    I better get it before Friday, since I am leaving the country and need a functional tablet/laptop (my current one is shot).

    • Jimbo

      I’m in the same boat, leaving for Orlando for two weeks on Christmas day and was hoping to have my new Prime with me, oh well. All I can do is hope that one of the big box stores gets them in and I can grab one.

    • Clockwork

      I think u mean 32GB. There’s no 16Gb version.

  • Asa Akira

    My BestBuy order shows a release date of 12/30/2011. What the bullocks is this?

  • Gs

    Well just got shipping confirmation on my tf201 from GameStop. Should be here tomorrow.

  • serjik

    Did any of you see that TigerDirect sell them for 549$ when everywhere else are 499? this is ridiculous. they make additional 50$ on every 32GB Prime tablet.

  • crankyboiy

    futureshop canada website now shows december 30 as the release date. i am so pissed! asus fucks it up omce again.

  • Helios

    I just got mine from memory express.richmond bc, love it, so ooo smooth, I want the keyboard now

  • Schooner

    Memory Express is distributing their stock according to a store rep I spoke to the other day. Mine was not included in the shipment they got (was tardy to the party I guess). :-(

  • Sharkie

    Any news on 64GB? I pre-ordered one from Staples.

  • Schooner

    My co-worker pre-ordered his from Tiger Direct and got his last week. Go figure. Had I known that there would be such a supply issue I would have pulled the trigger on my pre-order much sooner.

  • Helios

    Memory express had only like 8 in til jan.
    I think they(asus) do this for hype,

  • Prikster

    This is ridiculous!!!

    From NCIX:

    Thank you for your patience as we wait for our shipments of the ASUS Transformer Prime. We still do not have a firm ETA for the Champagne Tablet, we are not expecting to receive any inventory until after the holiday season, however, if you would like to get a tablet now, we have a Grey one available for you. We are also offering $9.99 express shipping (1-2 day air, some restrictions might apply depending on rural areas) if you would like to have your order changed to air shipping.

    Thank you very much again for your patience!

    Sincerely,

    NCIX.com Customer Care Team

  • Nate

    Got email confirmation from Future Shop this morning that their release date has been pushed back to Dec 30. Wouldn’t be surprised if it gets pushed again into January.

    My bet is Asus intentionally announced a December release, knowing full well they wouldn’t be able to ship most of them until January. It’s the only way they could get many people to spend their xmas 2011 money on their product. If they’d been honest and announced a proper January 2012 release, people would’ve spent their $500+ on other things. Come January, many people are too broke to spend $500 on a non-necessity.

    Basically, Asus intentionally duped customers in order to ensure a more profitable launch. Bad PR, but better money.

  • William

    From: Staples.ca Dec 20, 2011

    The item you ordered (ASUS transformer Prime 32g gold) is a presale item and as stated on the site when you ordered is not available for shipping until mid December.

    The supplier has advised us that there are delays in these orders and we do not have an updated time for delivery at this time.

    I apologize for any inconvenience caused by this issue.
    We appreciate your patience concerning this matter.
    ……………………………..

    What is ASUS doing? Very frustrating. No choice but to wait.

  • Shane

    I ordered the gold one too. I did not get any email notification from Staples. I cancelled it this morning. Sucks.

  • William

    Apple makes ASUS look like school boys by comparison when it comes to a new product launch. ASUS has been playing a game of “tease” since last June when the CEO started talking about the next gen transformer and he failed to deliver on time twice when expected. Any consumer credibility for ASUS has gone out the window. If ASUS was smart (questionable) they would do something to make up for these delays to customers who pre-ordered their product. ASUS hasn’t earned the right to the orders they have received so far. They failed the biggest test of all – customer service. I will wait but next time they have a new product – forget it.

  • Joe Conche

    Waaaaah! I want my new electronic gadget to play with NOW so I can bury my face in it when I should be spending time with my family. “x” retailer sucks! I want my tablet now, the one I bought 6 months ago isn’t good enough.

    • Mike

      You appear to have missed the message of Christ and that of Christmas with your self-righteous judgmental rant.

    • Mike Hunt

      Yes, all God fearing Canadians should heed the message of Christ and whine on the internet about the delayed shipping of some electronic doo-dad.

  • hyzzz

    i dont give a darn i want the prime in my hands right now cuz i deserve it. i have been doing everything i can in order to get it, i even preordered from best buy. nothing. fk u asus, best buy, everyone