I received this fom the record company today...........
Thanks for contacting us about this. We have been looking into the problems with purchases and stock availabillities, and it seems that Play/Amazon has a logisitcal problem with the stock being misplaced in the wearhouse, so they did show 'out of stock' for a while, but prior to that problem they shipped dopies to customers.
Play have only refunded one customer to date. Everything looks fine now.
HMV are only placing limited stocks, but you can order them from stores if they don't have them in store.
There are no problems with ordering them online either'.
So there you go guys and girls!
You could also download at official stores like I Tunes or HMV online, but they will be MP3s and you don't get the booklets with the photos, sleeve notes etc, and there is nothing like an original copy for the collection.
sorry about the typing too-i copied and pasted this 5 times and all it showed when i 'posted' was the first line every time. also my laptop is Sh#t now and I hate this keyboard and still can't get on with it!
FURTHER UPDATE 19TH NOVEMBER-
From Sony Music today-
As of tommorrow, there will be limited box sets in selected stores around the UK (like HMV). Unfortunatley I can't tell you which ones because I dont know i'm affraid. It's worth remembering that because this is a box set, it's more of an online product, and high street retailers tend to not rack box sets because of space etc.
Amazon have taken well over 500 copies of the release, and HMV & Play.com have taken similar orders, so all is good there!
So hopefully you may have a bit more luck over the weekend people.
I am off to bed now-I have been rough the last 24 hours again-my illness rears it's ugly head again.
also-has anyone had trouble posting on the site lately-I have tried to post and the writing is missing afer posting...