Yes you can have shortages for something that sells 20mil+ each year and something that was planned as a novelty item and made only a couple million only for it to blow up and even outsell current consoles in its last month.
And haha hahaha people actually believe ninty is some nefarious company purposefully screwing itself and its customers. I mean ninty made 2.74mil consoles in March. 2.74mil in a month is an amazing feat and that's not called short supplies especially considering this was their best console launch month even more than the Wii. We then hear stories how Ninty is using freaking AIRPLANES to meet demand in USA. Why would a company who purposefully restricts supply do that. Then in May it sells less than a ps4 even though demand is clearly there. I would assume they would not reduce it that much as to loose face by selling less than a 4 year old console and at least bare minimum keep it above that number. And as consumers have shown they are willing to buy from scalpers for more money. Ninty is loosing all those sales right there since it demand was met they would have sold twice the consoles one for the scalper and other for the consumer and made a hell of a lot if money but no their evil sells just wanted consumers to buy expensive products from people ninty doesn't even know about just for the hell of it. Sure ninty looses money and sales but ninty is pure evil right? Yeah when you think of Ninty as a company it makes zero sense for creating false shortages and they are literally loosing sales and money the longer shortages continue. Anyone who believes otherwise just really hates Ninty or is really gullible to believe a company would do stupid stuff like that which actually harms them and their consumer and only random scalpers benefit
Whoever said that?
Do some research on artificial scarcity or managed scarcity before you dismiss it so casually. As I said before, long lasting repeated shortages of multiple products is not a coincidence. Since I'm gonna give the ninty the benefit of the doubt and not assume their a bunch idiots who can't manage how to produce enough product to meet demand (like you guys do), they're purposely limiting the production of their more popular products. It's a smart strategy if scarcity is controlled in a manner that increases demand, creates "sold out" headlines, sells through all stock as fast as possible, etc.
Seriously, this is what's annoying and mindboggling about this topic. Most ninty fans say that it doesn't make sense that ninty would use this business practice but instead keeps having shortages due to popularity. There's couple of hilarous problems with that excuse.
1. You're basically saying that ninty is not smart enough to do it on purpose but rather the repeated and lengthy shortages (with multiple products) are due to ninty's incompetence with being unable to figure how to produce enough product to meet demand.
2. The popularity part of the excuse is especially bogus. Ninty products don't exactly outsell it's competition and yet the competition manages to outsell ninty the majority of the time and not have shortages over and over except around a certain holiday season sometimes. Also, this isn't a valid excuse when the same product has shortages throughout the whole year and for years after. I can understand a company not anticapating how popular their product will be and having shortages for about a year after because of that but that excuse doesn't apply after they had plenty of time to adjust to the demand.
3. There's alot of articles on this and people from the world of gaming saying that ninty is likely used managed scarcity or artificial scarcity since NES because the repeated and lengthy shortages can't be explained outside incompetence or using that business practice. Neither Sony or MS have shortages like ninty does.