Friday, July 23, 2010

On Wii Scarcity

Sorry for the sloppy post.

The Mike's were discussing the Wii's scarcity position last night. They both had their starting positions and went at it from there. Here are some links, from the launch and more recent, that might give them more facts, and some speculation too, to work with.

Some guy on the Internet that says he knows Econ 2008:

I remember reading the first two at the time. For the record I am with Dock and don't believe that the shortage is manufactured as Waters asserts. I base that on crazy demand for the chipsets but I am still looking for that article ...
Any help Gus?


Qhorin said...

As usual, my position was under-informed. Not sure how we got there, but I was postulating that artificial scarcity is a very common tool for toy and video game manufacturers. I used Wii as an example, which I had always assumed was true based on the years of hysteria. Mike, having more information, disagreed. Based on subsequent research, I agree it looks like a bad example.

Chalk it up to excitement of finding New Haven-style pizza in Mpls.

w1ndst0rm said...

No way ...

I was going to say something about that parting shot but found two things that made me give up.

I went to Google and typed in "New Haven S" and it filled in the "tyle Pizza."

I folowed the wiki link and found this in the intro, "This geographically-limited pizza style has gained considerable culinary and historical importance.[2][3]"

Historical importance? With citations!

You win this round.

Anonymous said...

i always assumed that scientologist bought them all and returned them to the manufacturer to artificially inflate the sales figures.

Wolf said...

I'm with Anonymous.

Gus said...

I'm glad this is already settled. There's nothing Nintendo wanted more during those shortages than to sell more of their console.

avk said...

Also, Adweek reports that the Old Spice commercials are working.

via Gawker:

The quote Gawker pulled from Adweek:

According to Nielsen data provided by Old Spice, overall sales for Old Spice body-wash products are up 11 percent in the last 12 months; up 27 percent in the last six months; up 55 percent in the last three months; and in the last month, with two new TV spots and the online response videos, up a whopping 107 percent

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