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  • Apple Store Launches "Reserve And Pick Up" Program


    Apple wants our business for the holidays. And it shows.

    Apple has unveiled "The Reserve And Pick Up" program for its retail stores that gives consumers the opportunity to go online and select their Apple product(s), make a reservation, and then sometime between December 15 and 24, come into their local Apple store to pick up the goods just in time for the holidays.

    According to MacWorld:

    Currently, the line-up of offerings includes iPods, iPhones, MacBooks, Mac Minis, iMacs, and Mac Pros. To make a reservation, you sign in with your Apple ID and select a store location. Payment is due only at the time of pick-up.
    Although the reserve and pick-up concept is nothing new, this holiday season represents the first time Apple has adopted the method. Apple, naturally, is couching the language of this announcement in terms of adding value to the consumer shopping experience, the truth is that Apple has been experiencing product shortages and while they want to keep an adequate inventory, they also don't want to overproduce this holiday season.

    In other words,it seems the "Reserve And Pick Up" program will help Apple reconcile supply with demand.

    Shoppers who make their reservations online can avoid the disappointment of finding something out-of-stock at the retail store. And in theory, the purchasing and pick-up process should be more efficient than waiting in long holiday lines. In many cases, items can be wrapped in the “signature gift box,” too.
    Despite a slowing economy, Apple is prepped and ready for a blockbuster holiday shopping season. The announcement is also being taken this weekend by Apple conspiracy theorists to mean that the company may reveal another new offering in a matter of days and will need the "Reserve And Pick Up" program as a way to mitigate the pandemonium that would likely result.

    Image via Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Store Launches "Reserve And Pick Up" Program started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      nice
    1. Michelebabe1234's Avatar
      Michelebabe1234 -
      I'm curious if you can make payments or need a deposit.
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Where do I reserve my Iphone 4G ?
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Best Buy has been doing this for years. Welcome to yesteryear Apple.
    1. jordan04's Avatar
      jordan04 -
      Good news Apple store in paris has finally open.this program could help
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Sounds like a good idea... Wait, ITS BEEN COMMONPLACE FOR YEARS NOW!!!
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Hmm, Black Friday is coming up but I kind of doubt Apple will be participating .

      Back to the article, I much prefer to purchase online (you get great deals not offered in store) and have it ready to pick up at the store (no shipping charges for the most part). Less time wasted dealing with brick and mortar employees who have no clue what they are doing or talking about.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Did they have that now? When the iPhone 3GS came out I got a reservation.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by rwin84 View Post
      Sounds like a good idea... Wait, ITS BEEN COMMONPLACE FOR YEARS NOW!!!
      I am sure Apple will put some type of spin on this though like they do most of their ideas.

      How about when you pick up your items you get a kiss on the cheek from one of their employees of the opposite (or same if you go that way) sex.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      Hmm, Black Friday is coming up but I kind of doubt Apple will be participating .

      Back to the article, I much prefer to purchase online (you get great deals not offered in store) and have it ready to pick up at the store (no shipping charges for the most part). Less time wasted dealing with brick and mortar employees who have no clue what they are doing or talking about.
      Apple has always participated in Black Friday
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      ill be utilizing this feature for sure.