Even if the 10.4 million number was reached by consoles 'shipped' to retailers, by your accounting of sold, that leaves some 2 million consoles unsold in inventory somewhere.
I don't doubt there's inventory in the world, but that much? Is there something wrong with everyone's just in time inventory? Would retailers carry that much stock? It's not like it's not moving. We know it is moving.
The number of sold as of December, I bet is 9 million something.
Otherwise, we're not going to see any shipments from Microsoft in January, if there's 2 million units unsold out there.
Well I think scenes of a couple of hundred X360s in shops are not uncommon. How many shops in North America alone, 5000? There's a million alone. Same with UK, same with the rest of Europe, France, Australia.
Plus units being shipped as we speak, plus units in warehouses, shop stores etc etc. 2 million unsold units is not that difficult to imagine, or indeed uncommon. There must be something like 6-7 million unsold PSPs if you look into it.
Also, do shipped units include replacements / refurbishments? Display units, promotional units?
I'm not getting back into this conversation but I have to say that a retailer with a couple hundred x360's setting around is VERY uncommon. A couple HUNDRED?!? I went buy Gamestop last night. Yes they had some 360's in....3 of them. I called my local Best Buy and they had 20. I'm not saying that the retail stores in my area are a demonstration of the whole country but it doesn't make sense for you to say that all the retail stores in N.America have 200 sitting around.
It's not. My local BB has 300 if not more. They have 100+ on 2 slabs sitting in the video games section, plus what they have in inventory in the back. Which from when I saw them was at least 100 in the inventory in back of the store.
You must have a miniature BB, but then again, this is all different region to region. For instance some people are having no trouble finding a Wii or PS3...but people in other states can't locate any just going to the store and actively checking.