Hey Don't Forget The Poor Souls Who Had To Wait Online For A Game Console Too
from the some-sympathy-please dept
For all of the stories about the insanity of people waiting for days in line to get one of the hot new video gaming consoles, the NY Times wants to make sure you don't forget the struggles of folks who waited online as well. You see, sites like Amazon didn't give a precise time when they were going to sell the Nintendo Wii, and it wasn't clear how many they had either. So, people were forced to sit at their computers (in one case moving a laptop from a desk to a couch to bed) and keep refreshing in hopes of catching the elusive Wii on sale. Then, once it actually did go on sale, it sold out in less than a minute, leaving plenty of people frustrated. Many then went on to express that frustration in the "review" section for the Wii, which made it just that much easier for Amazon to delete the comments pretty quickly. Of course, it seems like online retailers are getting a bit jealous of all the attention brick and mortar retailers have gotten from people lining up outside their doors, and are increasingly attempting Woot-style attractions. Amazon is kicking off their own Woot-like attempt at a limited sale this week when they put up 1,000 Xbox 360s for $100. So now, instead of figuring out how to camp out overnight waiting to get in the doors to get a gaming console, you can spend your time working on tricks to be able to browse faster so you can beat the thousands of others all trying to order the same device as well. While Amazon can often be considered the poster child for "the long tail" and an economy of abundance, it seems they still understand the value of scarcity as well.