On the same conference call earlier this week in which it talked about its new rewards program
, GameStop Executive VP of Merchandising, Tony Bartel, said that stores currently experiencing Wii
and PlayStation 3
shortages probably won't find relief very soon
. While the retailer is always bugging Sony
for more units, Bartel said that GameStop "could sell a lot more hardware than what we have on both the PS3 and Wii platform," and that situation probably won't change until early summer of this year.
He did say that the Wii is due for a re-supply first, but he believes that both Nintendo and Sony are "still scrambling to catch up
from the surge" of the last holiday season. But a shortage like this isn't unprecedented
-- as we get closer to summer, we'll probably see new inventory appearing on shelves, ready to go home to a caring gamer.