Hear me out before this is written off as a counter productive/economically irrational concept
Some items - loco's in particular are unique, one off replicas. Popularity of these items should be largely predictable
It would be interesting to know what the sale statistics of unique, singularly occurring products are. Do these items attract multiple sales to individual buyers?
IMHO this would purely be in pursuit of profiteering on the secondary market. Check eBay at the moment for the basis of my argument
As things stands, the current situation is of no personal concern as I am generally organised enough to purchase early (sometimes prior to release) enough to avoid disappointment
However, such a restriction may lead to a greater number of genuine buyers being able to attain purchase in a mutually acceptable timeframe and put an end to product 'scalping'
The only counter argument I can imagine is the concept of production numbers being a precise amount reflecting fulfillment of pre-orders plus a slim margin. This doesn't to me explain why the particular examples I refer to generally sell out before landing, ahead of the more generic versions
Before you get all evil on me, I'm happy to have this standpoint disproven in the name of inciting debate