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The Wii Shortage Explained?

The Wii Shortage Explained?

by Bradley DeLorenzoApril 8, 2008

As I was checking the news today I saw an article in The Dallas Morning News (Through the yahoo news thing next to email) this is what it had to say…

With a weak dollar, foreign companies that sell their goods in the U.S. for dollars and then convert those dollars to their native currencies get a smaller profit than if they sell their products in countries with strong currencies of their own (such as Europe with the euro). In other words, Nintendo makes a bigger profit on Wiis sold in Europe than on Wiis sold in the U.S.


After a few questions they said that “Since many consoles have sold in the East, we will begin focusing our sales on the U.S. to supply the almost never ending demand for the Wii [laughs]

So when do you guys think this will end andthe U.S. dollar will get back to normal?

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  • Leo X
    April 8, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Hopefully not til after the middle of June I want a cheap holiday to Seattle (from England) :p

  • April 9, 2008 at 12:12 am

    There will always be demand throughout the summer because that’s when school is out and the kids want to play. Then the holidays arrive.

    The only time when demand slows down is around fall and mostly the first quarter of the year, which unless they decide to release big titles at Q1 (Brawl, MKWii). Because of that, the demand is always there.

    We’ll see what they have to say during E3 2008. Holiday surprise awaits us! \:D/

    // Roth

  • April 9, 2008 at 8:07 am

    For a minute I thought you were calling “Mortal Kombat Wii” a big title. Heh.

  • mrrix32
    April 9, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Riiight… So explain the shortage of Wii’s everywhere else in the world?

  • April 9, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    well mostly nintendo is actually focusing on the demand for Wii’s in other countries (it is slowed for the U.S. though)

  • Will
    April 9, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    When will the dollar begin to strengthen? That’s a good question. I’m quite the pessimist on our current economy. I’m watching the House debate the issue right now and it all has to do with our failed war abroad, our lack of discretion in printing millions upon millions of dollars every month, and the cost is the value of the dollar. All goods are raising value as the dollar continues to fall. Of course you can still get a Wii for $249 but in reality it would make sense at some point to charge Americans more because our dollar isn’t worth what it was 2 years ago.

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