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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2005-12-16 06:39:28
Real Slick, Microsoft!
So yeah, while every North American outlet is sold out, and people are resorting to all manner of desperation to obtain an Xbox 360, retail stores in Japan apparently have ample stock. While many people like to think that Microsoft has deliberately and nefariously withheld inventory in order to generate buzz over shortages, the truth is simply that they are teh stupid. Their suppliers are able to produce a finite amount of chipsets, and instead of staggering launches throughout the world that they might be able to manage supply and demand, they decided to launch worldwide simultaneously, ensuring a clusterfucked gift-giving season.
Gamestop has gone from assuring me a 360 at launch (6 months ago when I preordered), to assuring me one before Christmas (on launch day), to "word on the street is that we're getting a major shipment next week" - which I have successfully decoded to mean, "Heh, you stupid n00b; you paid $50 for a preorder receipt for a product we'll never deliver!"
[Edit: That link up there seems to have expired. It originally led to a news story detailing how these two female roommates were offering sexual services in exchange for an Xbox 360.]