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Porsche invokes artificial scarcity to suck away more of your money

The Cayenne Platinum Edition is only available for a limited time, and it includes nothing that you can't get in other trim levels, except for side sills. Well done, Stuttgart.

By April 28, 2016


Scarcity triggers new restrictions on obtaining Internet addresses

The US and Canada are down to their last 16.7 million Net addresses with today's IPv4 Internet technology. Scarcity is pushing Internet service providers to the next-gen IPv6.

By April 23, 2014


iPhone 5 buyers face Lightning cable, adapter scarcity

They're small, but they're defining accessories for Apple's new iPhone and iPods. And if you're looking to buy them, be prepared to wait.

By September 14, 2012


iPhone 5S' poor availability hurting Japan's biggest carrier

The scarcity of Apple's new high-end handset is wreaking havoc on NTT DoCoMo as subscribers flee.

By October 7, 2013


Sony Ericsson budget handsets scarce after parts shortage

A shortage of parts will mean a scarcity of Sony Ericsson feature phones in the run-up to Christmas, a spokesperson confirmed.

By November 8, 2011


News Corp. COO: 'Scarcity' key to online advertising

News Corp.'s Peter Chernin says that premium Internet video will help Internet publishers create scarcity in a sea of online ad inventory. What that means: more money.

By July 22, 2008


Pop!Tech 2008: "Scarcity and Abundance"

I will be attending the Pop!Tech conference in Camden, Maine this week. For the twelfth year, Pop!Tech will convene a network of 600 remarkable thinkers, doers, leaders, and global change agents in science, technology, social innovation, business, environ

By October 19, 2008


For eBay sellers, a holiday hamster hangover

The gift frenzy over Zhu Zhu Pets leaves some power sellers feeling like they've just run a marathon--but the steep price tags driven by scarcity lead to some impressive profits.

By January 2, 2010


Artificial scarcity and open source

Is artificial scarcity a bad thing? Perhaps when it's based on copyright and patents, but all vendors need some amount of scarcity to help drive a compelling reason to buy.

By July 5, 2007


The adoption-based music economy

The new model for music is a flat-rate subscription, one that focuses on adoption rather than control. It conforms to digitization's abundance, rather than to the old idea of scarcity.

By January 20, 2009