With the official launch of HD DVD drawing near (this Tuesday ), a couple of retailers are starting to predict delays for getting the actual products into the hands of customers. Turns out some major online sellers haven't gotten their initial shipments yet, with Best Buy predicting April 17th to April 24th player availability, and Amazon mentioning that "Million Dollar Baby" won't be ready for April 18th. There aren't any official delays mentioned by Toshiba and friends -- who seem well practiced in the art by now -- so this could all be some miscommunication, but things don't look especially good for the earliest adopters out there. Luckily, all of this hullabaloo hasn't stopped a random Best Buy in Surf City, CA from accidentally selling a couple of players early, one of which was purchased Friday and is pictured above.

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