Why didnt Nintendo just sell the NES Classic themselves on eBay?

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  1. RemixDeluxe
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    They could put their "limited stock" for sale on their own ebay store and charged $500 per unit. After the super diehards clear that inventory they can gradually knock down the price to $400 and so fourth. At least Nintendo would be getting that profit instead.
     
  2. Mikemk

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    Imagine the backlash if they did that. They'd be wishing they could reproduce the success of the Wii U
     
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    You mean imagine the profit they would be getting instead of scalpers. If people want to pay $500+ for an emulator box then why shouldnt they take advantage of that? They are a business.
     
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    To each their own. Personally, I'd rather sell 100 million units at $60 than 100 units at $500.
     
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    the real problem is that nintendo is going to be blamed for all the scalping anyway.
     
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    Can it be considered scalping anymore if the manufacturer/company decides to sell it at that price? Its not a necessity and the consumer can simply choose not to purchase it for that price.

    Do you consider the Wii U scalping because the $300 price is unfair?
     
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    i said it doesn't matter, even now, just as with the wii u and with amiibos, nintendo is getting blamed for the scalping anyway.
     
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    I...don't think you understand what Mikemk said. Yes, there'd be profit for nintendo. But it's not like they can make a business model off of that. Heck, they can't even publicly announce that they are selling NES'es again, or people would (rightfully so) demand guarantees, support and pretty much anything that comes into openly selling a self-made product, but come at a cost that eats away said profits.

    More importantly, word would eventually get out. The backlash that Mikemk mentions is about the reputation as a company. This action would brand them as milking their fanboys for every penny they are worth...and rightfully so. So this short term financial gain would end up a long term reputation loss. And as most marketeers can tell you, this WILL cost you in the end. I'm not in marketing myself so I can't say how much, but it's not hard to guess that it'll be much higher than what they can get from selling NES'es on eBay. You'll see: as soon as it turns out to be sold by a source that can make more NES'es at will, prices will plumet immediately.

    Oh...by the way: why do you attempt to insult people like me? I sold my SNES to have extra space in my house. Do I have to fucking APOLOGISE to you for selling it to the highest bidder? :angry:
     
  9. Veho

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    If they tried to pull a stunt like that they would be ridiculed into the ground from start to finish, first for trying to sell a $20 emulation box for $500, then for admitting defeat and slashing prices when nobody buys the overpriced piece of plastic at the initial price.
     
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    Nintendo actually did do something like this with the 3DS and the price was brought down within 4 months from launch. I felt pretty burned not expecting them to have price dropped the system that early on.

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    In case you aren't trolling.

    Natural inflation =/= artifical inflation
     
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    I'm pretty sure that's illegal. Essentially thats price gouging; it would be like if ticketmaster purposely held tickets back from every big concert that they know will sell out, and then sold those nice tickets after it "sold out" on eBay at a much higher price.
     
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    I doubt that is illegal since the prices of video games are not really subject to such laws as they are non essential nor are they raised due to emergencies
     
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    Scalping varies from location to location but it's generally legal. Furthermore it's not a necessity so they can sell it at any price they want. You the consumer can make the educated choice not to accept that price and wait till it lowers or find an alternative (a real NES, emulator, etc)

    An example of illegal scalping which I've seen is a grocery store selling water. A hurricane blew through town and everyone was buying up supplies but the store thought it would be a good idea to upmark the water to $20 a case. They actually got fined for that but that's truly an illegal example.
     
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    No, I wasn't trolling. I did sold my snes (link on gbatemp, though the buyer in the end bought it on another site), and despite it being in all but mint condition, people easily offered twice the money I wanted for it.

    ...and that "Natural inflation =/= artifical inflation" line just tells me you haven't thought your initial post through but don't want to admit it. Sorry, but that's in no way an answer to anything I wrote.
     
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    How did I not think my topic through? Do you understand the difference between an artificial and natural inflation or do you need an example for clarification?
     
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    I understand the difference. However, I have no idea what that has to do with anything in this thread, so if you want to explain that, I'd love to hear it.
     
  17. RemixDeluxe
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    The premise of my topic is that scalpers are taking advantage of this artifical scarcity in supply by profiting off consumers who don't have the patience to wait for more to become available. So instead of selling then at $60 MSRP Nintendo should open up shop at $500 a piece since it's clear as day people are so inclined to pay that price. At least the money would go towards the company producing the good.

    Yes I can understand the argument against it but at the same time it's not entirely unfeasible for them to do so.
     
  18. Veho

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    And it's fair to say you weren't exactly thrilled.
    Nintendo got flak and lost initial sales because of the high initial price, then lost some more sales after the drop because people were waiting to see if they would slash the price again. And they got called out for overpricing their hardware (no news there).
    Now take a look at the hate scalpers are getting for selling high. Nintendo would get the same type of hate if they tried it. Not worth it.
     
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    It would definitely be illegal for Ticketmaster to hold aside their own tickets and then scalp them for a higher price on a site like ebay. If they were on sale, bought by others, and those people sold them on ebay at a higher price, that would be a different situation, and may not be illegal depending on where you live.
     
  20. RemixDeluxe
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    You literally just repeated what I said. Thank you for the confirmation.