Originally Posted by DocNo42
Why should we "know that"? Based on what? Meaningless and uniformed internet speculation that has nothing more than quantity of repeat storytelling as it's pedigree?
Both of which were events that happened exactly once
- almost as if the manufacturers underestimated supply, ran out, and then compensated the next year.
Yup, rather than actually sell
products to anyone who would buy them, the manufacturers artificially limited them to get the sales... next year? The day after Christmas? Exactly when is the best time to stop artificially constraining supply and actually selling your product to anyone who wants one anyway?
In Defense of the Idea that Apple Intentially limits supply;
I of course do not know
because I do not work for apple, but I firmly believe that Apple is not dumb, and will use all available market tatics to ensure the highest profit
. (Not the most units sold) conversely, Apple isn't simply going to ignore market economics and shoot itself in the foot.
Achieving the highest profit sometimes means not trying to sell to everyone, (flooding the market) it is a fine line balance between quantity vs unit profit. You make more money selling 100 widgets for $150 each than selling 175 widgets at $75 each.
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and to a lesser degree;
A Simplistic Example.
Reports of "xxxx product sitting on shelves collecting dust" can influence people that the product is not desirable, or good, or selling well, even though it may have just been overproduced. This can help kill any demand the product had.
Conversely reports of "Lines out the door for yyyy product" Can influence people in the reverse manner that it "must" be good/desirable etc... That spurs demand even further.
There is a reason that Toyota advertises the Camry as the "Best Selling sedan for 5 years" etc.. The perception of what "Others" are doing, buying, desiring effects our judgment.
Overproduction can lead to "Clearance sales" and thus reduced value, For example, if apple had produced 200M Ipads (assuming it could) and stocked them in retail outlets, it would be quite some time for those retail outlets to sell them, Then, the Ipad could take on the appearance of a commodity (not good for perceived value) and some retailers may have sales (now only $349 for the Ipad wifi!!!) to clear space, thus further driving down perceived value.