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  • Best Buy Leaks Become a Gusher


    [UPDATED: BBInsider pointed out that the original story misstated the reason why PhotoBucket rejected the leaked files. I've made corrections below.]

    Someone inside Best Buy is leaking like the Deepwater Horizon. There's little that's earth-shattering or sketchy in the internal info that's been revealed, with the possible exception of the fact that Best Buy may be offering pre-orders as late as 11am on launch day, June 24th. That's if they actually have un-pre-sold inventory on that day, which is unclear at this time. However, many retailers have ordered large quantities: when they get them, of course, is anyone's guess.

    Details of the electronics retailer's iPhone 4 launch were leaked to the mobile phone discussion site HowardForums.com last week. Because [snip] the size of the scanned documents exceeded his PhotoBucket limit, the Best Buy employee - using the name BBInsider - has been providing scanned images of internal company documents to iClarified.

    Along with standard stuff like what time to show up on launch day (3 hours before the store opens) and how to deal with the possible crowds (no additional workers, "partner across the store" i.e. drag somebody from the audio department over) the newly-leaked employee bulletin includes a provision allowing pre-orders ("pre-sales") to be accepted before the store opens up to 11am local time. Most best Buy locations open at 10 am.

    A common thread running through all the employee instructions is the fact that no one seems to know how many iPhones will be available on launch day, or if any will be. Supposedly, there will be an update later this week - which BBInsider will probably leak as soon as he or she gets a hold of it - and we'll know if lines outside of Best Buys will be justified. Leaked inventory orders, though, show many stores ordering anywhere from 20 to 70 16GB black iPhone 4s. This is no indication of how many will actually ship - there are also orders for white iPhones, which we know will not be available on launch day.

    Rumors out earlier this month had 30 32GB and 15 16GB phones going to each store. These unconfirmed reports were before the pre-orders began and chaos ensued.






    images via iClarified
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Best Buy Leaks Become a Gusher started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      Quote Originally Posted by scatman10 View Post
      Hmm interesting. One of my best friends works @ fed ex as a hiring manager/supervisor on the graveyard shift. Just asked if he'd hook me up and let me pick up my phone on the 23rd. He said he'd love to but there was no way in hell he could do that and not get into some kind of trouble.
      I work for Fedex and this is a series deal for us. We have done business with Apple for a long time and we won't take the risk of losing there business just so one person can get their i4 before anyone. We don't care if your Fred Smith the owner of Fedex. Your not getting it til the 24th. I know how exciting it is to see the 23rd but remember that is just a est. time frame. I'm glad I had my i4 shipped to my station. I'll be playing with the i4 will delivering. Going to be hard to focus. Darn.
    1. Shumdit's Avatar
      Shumdit -
      Quote Originally Posted by XFaega View Post
      I work for Fedex and this is a series deal for us. We have done business with Apple for a long time and we won't take the risk of losing there business just so one person can get their i4 before anyone. We don't care if your Fred Smith the owner of Fedex. Your not getting it til the 24th. I know how exciting it is to see the 23rd but remember that is just a est. time frame. I'm glad I had my i4 shipped to my station. I'll be playing with the i4 will delivering. Going to be hard to focus. Darn.
      Don't wreck and damage our iPhones!! if we call can we have fedex hold the package at the hub? AT&T insisted on shipping to my billing address,but no one is there during the day.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shumdit View Post
      Wow, that was pretty rude. How did you become a moderator? Maybe you do not understand the meaning or responsibilities of your position or you have a Barney Fife complex. Even though I know you will likely ban me or at least remove my reply, I will not bite my tongue since my feeling is that if they allow people with your attitude to oversee the forums, I need to reconsider whether I want to participate. If you are a bigger man than I am assuming you are from your post, would you care to actually reply with WHY you think it's a dumb idea? I really should have stuck to the word "idea" since I do not think it's going to happen (which I stated), only that I think it would be a good idea for it to happen. Regardless, I know it's about as likely as White iPhones being readily available on the 24th.
      I can't ban people actually (Unless the button is like super hidden and I've yet to find it. This is actually a good thing for a lot of people). And I became one by being rude. True story. That said, I will have to apologize to you because apparently the phone IS ARRIVING TO SOME ON THE 23rd INCLUDING MYSELF if the email I receive this morning is true. Like all things Apple, I believe no one except the fruit itself so I'm more than willing to accept I was wrong.

      However, we might be getting it tomorrow to alleviate stress on the servers, not because of Droid. They don't pose a threat at all to Apple, they're not going out of their way to annoy them. iPhone does a pretty good job doing that selling out in less than a day.

      As for me being rude,