Amazon/Toys R Us Unable to Fulfill Xbox 360 Orders

The Xbox 360 shortage is getting extremely out of hand. According to this post at gaming web site WorthPlaying, Amazon is canceling orders for the impossible-to-find console.

Though we had expected to be able to send this item to you, we’ve since found that it is not available from any of our sources at this time. We realize this is disappointing news to hear, and we apologize
for the inconvenience we have caused you.

Some folks have asked us if we think this is an engineered shortage on the part of Microsoft. We feel it is safe to say that it is not. (Thanks, J. Nelson!)

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  1. Coco Schwab says:

    I thought they were, in order to insure a “sellout” product, thus making it a blocbuster product and launch. Then they can tout how amazing it is?

  2. Joel Johnson says:

    I think that Microsoft, no matter what the demand, would have been able to claim the marketing coup of “sellout console.” Just about every console launch ever, in fact, has claimed the same thing.

    But it makes no sense, in the only Christmas launch the 360 is going to get, to deprive themselves of the additional sales just so they can honestly claim that it’s heavily in demand.

    I think they intended to start a frenzy — and they have — but I don’t think they intended for hundreds of thousands of potential customers to go without Xboxes this Christmas, either.