I popped into my local Gamestation this morning to get a play and charge kit for my 360. Took the box to the counter and the guy was like "We're out of stock... actually we're having a lot of trouble ordering new stock".
What confuses me is that there were several boxes for play and charge kits on the shelves. Shouldn't they take them off the shelves or at the very least mark them "Out of Stock"?
Now I don't claim to know anything about business or commerce but surely having valuable shelf space taken up by stuff that you don't even have in stock is really bad for business.
The only logical reason I can think of for doing this is that by keeping the shelves full even with stuff they don't have they project the illusion to the casual shopper that everything is fine with the company.
And thats the reason most stores put "live" boxes on display. Whoever it was moaning about having a game sealed probably also moans when there is no game in stock even though the dummy boxes are on display, it does take a long time to keep things monitored if you are on about putting "out of stock" on everything, it would take 24/7 constant monitoring. When we sold games at work we would take the disc out of one product and put it on display so that at least we knew we always had stock to sell
Regarding the attach thing and whoever bought the mac, the guy has to offer you a bag, most people still dont buy stuff off the web remember and imagine who strawberry floated off you'd feel if you got home and realised you needed some other stuff for it and the person that sold it you didnt offer it.
Example, you buy a laptop and there is an offer on Office when you buy it with a laptop, would you be more annoyed if you didnt get offered it or didnt get the deal? And dont say you'd download open office anyway