Originally Posted by Craig Terott
A bit off topic but... this "product shortage" was carefully thought by their marketing team. It's human nature to want something that's in short supply and it's human nature to talk about it and write about it. The shortage may really be happening - but realize it's was created on purpose.
some of it is thought out marketing, some of it is not. the ppc chips from ibm are in short supply (they were non-existent in may, where the demo software at e3 was actually being driven by two paired powermac g5's... oh the irony), and with 3 in each xbox 360 and the japanese release this week, it's a lot to produce in very little time. that said, microsoft need to ensure a successful launch by selling through their initial allotment.
sorry for veering off topic.