OK. This is starting to get ridiculous. Nintendo is reporting that once again, despite Wii production being at an all time high, despite having already been out for three years, despite being smack in the middle of the worst financial crisis since the end of the Roman Empire, and having three years of sales data to help plan for the holidays, they're STILL not going to have enough inventory to meet demand during the holiday season. Again. For a third time. Yes, really.
level of hardware to try to meet demand… Look at retailer circulars.
Go to their websites. We're flowing products into stores on a very
regular basis. Once you see it on the shelf, you ought to buy it." [emphasis mine]
~ Reggie Fils-Aime, President, Nintendo of America
Football coaches like to justify running the same kind of play over and over again with the saying: "keeping running it until they show you they can stop it." Nintendo seems to be borrowing liberally from that way of thinking right now. Tell people it's sold out, and they will become so overtaken with rage-lust for a Wii that rational thought couldn't POSSIBLY get in the way of their animal desire to have one and have it NOW. If "must-have" Christmas items have taught me anything in my life, it's that product scarcity is a very. powerful. marketing tactic.
After checking around briefly, it looks like Best Buy.com and Target.com are both sold out, but it looks like there are bundles available around at places like EBGames.
So you heard it here first. Buy some Wii's now and enjoy a foreclosure-free January.