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specialk said:
vivster said:
Yes, because I'm not a Nintendo hater. All these people thinking that the shortages are just because Nintendo is too incompetent to provide enough stock. That's insulting, so I choose to believe otherwise.

Smoke on the street is that it is because they're competing with Apple for componets. 

There is no compelling reason that they wouldn't want to sell as many Switches as possible. 

Lacking the ability to do something is literally the dictionary definition of incompetence.



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vivster said:

Lacking the ability to do something is literally the dictionary definition of incompetence.

Manufacturing components isn't what Nintendo does. It isn't one of their core competencies. So while it is technically true, I don't see the statement,

"Nintendo is incompetent because there are supply shortages with key component manufactures."

as an honest statement. 



Anyway, if tradition holds, Nintendo will have a Q&A at the end of October. I'm sure someone will ask about supply issues.

We'll see then if Nintendo is bold enough to lie to investors. Or the more logical and likely explanation, that they're telling the truth.



No. If that was the case. Than Wii U should of been strapped with production too.



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specialk said:
vivster said:

Lacking the ability to do something is literally the dictionary definition of incompetence.

Manufacturing components isn't what Nintendo does. It isn't one of their core competencies. So while it is technically true, I don't see the statement,

"Nintendo is incompetent because there are supply shortages with key component manufactures."

as an honest statement. 

All I can say is that it's their product and their job to produce and distribute it.



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vivster said:

All I can say is that it's their product and their job to produce and distribute it.

Sure. The buck ultimately stops with them.

You could say that they're incompetent for not finding a way to manufacture more, but as the Wall Street Journal speculates, the only way might be to try and outbid for components which could mean selling at a loss.

So we have a situation in which you could either say they're incompetent for not outbidding Apple, or they're incompetent at making money on their flagship product.

I'd rather look at things more holistically and say that the situation just is what it is right now.



KLAMarine said:
Aeolus451 said:
Yes. Mainly because I don't believe in coincidences of this size with businesses. You're not gonna have shortages (wii, nes classic, amiibo, switch, ds, etc) for as long as Nintendo does and with this many of their products. The people responsible would eventually lose their job over it if it kept happening. Artificial shortages, artificial scarcity and managed scarcity (whatever you want to call it) is a known business tactic and nintendo has been doing it for awhile. Having shortages once in a blue moon is one thing but it repeatedly happening with all of their popular products is quite another.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/13/15294494/nintendo-nes-classic-edition-console-discontinued-strategy

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/109643/Opinion_Why_Artificial_Scarcity_Could_Boost_Digital_Game_Downloads.php

https://www.engadget.com/2007/03/27/wii-shortage-is-intentional-according-to-gamestop/

http://n4g.com/news/2014325/gamestop-and-target-cancelling-some-switch-pre-orders-due-to-shortages

What if Nintendo is just terrible at estimating demand for their products?

I don't buy that. They've been having "shortages" since the NES. If a team of or a few employees was the reason for the repeated shortages with just one console or product, they would have been fired by any company. The shortages are fact-of-life with almost all of their hardware and popular products year round. There's definitely a pattern and that's why there's alot talk from a lot of notable gaming journalists, youtubers, business people saying the shortages have to be on purpose because it happens so much and that it is clever of nintendo to do it. If it's not intentional then it's a monumental fuck up by nintendo to let it keep happening for so long.

Uncontrolled random shortages are a bad thing but managed scarcity is a good thing if done right. There's a word of difference between the two. By all means, keep saying that nintendo is incompetent enough to keep having shortages for over two decades. That narrative is pretty hilarous to me considering that many nintendo fans act like nintendo walks on water and they always like to point out how nintendo is such a great business. 



I could believe it for the initial launch to get some buzz going but this would be far to long to create buzz and would just take sales away at this point.



No. I think the demand is higher than expected and the components and logistics of increasing output is not something Nintendo can do quickly. Every console manufacturer wants to get their install base up as quickly as possible.