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Aeolus451 said:
KLAMarine said:

Does this methodology you describe eliminate the possibility that Nintendo is just terrible at anticipating demand or perhaps external factors have come into play like a NAND shortage?

A number of outlets are reporting or have reported on NAND shortages:,33112.html


And Nintendo needs these components to assemble Switch units. They're competing with smart phones:


So if you're looking to place blame for Switch shortages on a conspiracy theory, please understand that a shortage can have multiple causes. In the Switch's case, a NAND shortage or Nintendo's inability to anticipate runaway demand.

Unless, like Curl-6 stated, Toshiba and smartphone makers are in on the conspiracy too to limit the supply of Nintendo Switch units out on store shelves.

So you're trying to say that all or most of nintendo consoles/products' shortages were due to part shortages instead of gigantic incompetence on nintendo's part or that nintendo is using scarcity marketing to sell their products by just looking at the switch? You've got to be kidding me. 

ugh. I'm talking about a common business strategy that alot of businesses use to increase their sales. There's nothing of a conspiracy in anything I'm saying. Some of you are even agreeing with me that nintendo has used this strategy before with other products. I'm just saying that nintendo uses it as much as they can.

What I'm ultimately saying is a Switch shortage can have more than one cause. Sometimes it's a shortage of a components like what's going on with the Switch (or to a degree, slowing production) or an inability to manufacture units fast enough to satisfy demand because demand is simply so large. Another is scalpers buying up as many units as possible so as to sell them later for a profit. Sometimes it's incompetence whether that be not putting into operation enough assembly lines or not stocking up enough units before launch date arrives.

Sometimes it's a combination of the aforementioned. Just because Nintendo is having trouble putting Switch units on store shelves does not guarantee that it's due to Nintendo employing scarcity marketing. Scarcity marketing is NOT the only potential explanations for empty store shelves.


Let's not affirm the consequent: just because we see empty store shelves does NOT guarantee that it's due to scarcity marketing. There are other potential explanations that have not been eliminated as being potential causes.