More Xbox Follies

Shortage? What shortage?

A couple of weeks ago in These Very Pages it was postulated that the Xbox 360 shortage was pretty much a fabrication, the result of a collusion between Microsoft and the bigger retailers to hold back supplies until the week before Christmas in an effort to generate some mainstream media buzz and make the somewhat flawed system seem artificially attractive.

You can now add some more weight to that theory - a recently acquired copy of an internal newsletter from Best Buy appears to confirm that there are a fair number of Xboxen out there, held back until the magic Tuesday release date on December 20th. Better yet, this baby also seems to confirm that stores both sold units out from under the feet of people who had pre-ordered and that stores (despite the heated denials of Best Buy) gave units to customers who had bigger upsells instead of on a first-come first-served basis.

Click on the image to get a full-size copy of the scan. You're welcome.

Posted: Wed - December 14, 2005 at 04:35 AM