All, first off, apologies if this has been discussed numerous time (I suspect it has) on various threads. However, I did not find a thread which directly addresses this issue, so I figure I would start a new one. What got me going on this was the shortage of the
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Special Edition
which sold out everywhere in mintues. It's fair to say that lots of people are not exactly happy:
Oh sure, tons of these are going to turn up on ebay, as they always do! However, the real question is why is that? Does Nintendo purposely want to deny fans the chance to get such items? This is far from the first time this has happened! I recall when this happened to me while trying to get the Fire Emblem Fates Special Edition. Sold out at once, and tons of secondary prices that were 4-5 original cost. Same thing with the NES Classic. Not that I was super interested in the Classic, but if it was around I would have ordered one for retail as a present. But, no copies were around at all. So, was Nintendo just "shocked" that this was such a seller? Well,
from Wiis, to Amiibos, to Fire Emblem, Nintendo has a history of apparenlty purposely underproducing items.
"NES Classic Edition shortages prove Nintendo is either underhanded or incompetent"
"Could it be that we take Nintendo at its word and the company is just that bad
at judging demand? And it’s been that bad for an actual decade now?...every single time Nintendo screws up a shipment or creates scarcity, managed or not, it’s showing those customers that it either doesn’t care or can’t be bothered to figure out what’s wrong with its chronic inability to meet demand. There is no third option and, honestly, I don’t know what’s worse."
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm tired of always having to wonder if I'll be able to find this Nintendo game/product at an affordable price because it always sells out and there never seems to be any in stock for some reason.