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Shambolic said:
Most people don't pay attention to gaming media so they just wouldn't know about the shortages, most people are casual gamers, especially with the Wii.
 They wouldn't have to read the gaming press to be aware of shortages. The mainstream newspapers have been full of stories about how hard they are to come by. That's where most of them found out about the Wii in the first place. A 60+ year old neighbour was talking to me about getting a Wii for his wife and he knew all about the supply issues and was doing what a newspaper article had suggested - ordering one from