The Amiibo shortage has been very silly indeed. Nintendo simply haven't kept up to the insane demand of their toys-to-life brand meaning that fans haven't been able to get the characters they want at stores. If they really wanted to get one of the rarer toys, they might have to put up $80+ to get their hands on one at eBay.
That just isn't on says toys-to-life competitor Disney Infinity Executive Producer John Vignocchi. Speaking to GameInformer when asked what the developer learnt from the Amiibo demand ahead of their own Star Wars toy release, he said quite brazenly:
There is never an intention to create a shortage of any figures. It is irresponsible and rude to your hardcore fans. They don't want to create frustration or the hunt. So they will be stocking the shelves well!
That is harsh, but pretty much fair. Many have speculated that Nintendo's Amiibo shortage is intentional, and if it is, it really is just bad for the consumer. I hope this is figured out in time for Nintendo, because at the moment, if I walk into a store I can get pretty much any Infinity figure I want. The same can't be said about the regularly measly Amiibo section.
Thanks to Destructoid for the heads up!