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  • Best Buy Officially Halts iPad 2 Sales, Denies Bad Apple Relationship

    Last night, we reported that Apple is apparently angry at Best Buy for an iPad 2 sales stunt pulled by company personnel. A Best Buy employee claims that the store was intentionally hoarding reserves and holding off on selling the supply it had in stock. According to rampant speculation, Apple had got upset and effectively turned off iPad 2 supplies to the retail giant, "blacklisting" Best Buy for the time being.

    By Friday morning, many had chalked up the report to unfounded rumor-mongering. But on Friday, Best Buy curiously announced that it is suspending sales of the iPad 2 due to "supply constraints." Some are naturally seeing this as evidence of Apple carrying through with its threat to temporarily "blacklist."

    "Our stores have been asked to temporarily hold non-reserved iPad 2 inventory for an upcoming promotion," Best Buy spokesman Jeff Haydock tells CNET. "Best Buy continues to receive iPad 2 inventory from Apple on a regular basis. As we've said previously, we are fulfilling customer reservations first. This is a customary practice for us when there are supply constraints. Best Buy enjoys a great partnership with Apple and we're delighted by the customer response to iPad 2."

    Following Crunch Gear's initial report about the Best Buy-Apple skirmish, the publication followed up today with a revision to last night's report saying that Apple COO Tim Cook has denied any knowledge of Best Buy withholding iPad 2 supplies, provoking Apple's hot temper. Still, some aren't buying the "all is well and fine" talk coming out of Best Buy and Apple. For many, the timing of last night's report and today's admission that iPad 2 sales are suspended at Best Buy is far too suspicious to chalk up as mere coincidence.

    Source: CNET, Crunch Gear
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Best Buy Officially Halts iPad 2 Sales, Denies Bad Apple Relationship started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Bad bad best buy, they trying to rack up
    1. gldoorii's Avatar
      gldoorii -
      That's awesome. It's about time someone stood up like that. And it's no surprise that it's Apple to do so. Especially after the letter from management to employees to not push the iPhone because it's not 4G.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Yeah all of this i am afraid is just going to hurt best buy
    1. hxclos's Avatar
      hxclos -
      They are being paid off. Probably by RIM or Google
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Bad business Best Buy.... not good
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      yeah, looks like wal-mart will be the leading retailer now. They seem to get bigger shipments in my area than best buy or target. I like BBY, but this is bad juju for them.
    1. EVILFRED's Avatar
      EVILFRED -
      Flunk Apple.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Why you say that
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      what a stupid move by BestBuy
    1. mlauth's Avatar
      mlauth -
      Quote Originally Posted by EVILFRED View Post
      Flunk Apple.

      Hate them that much do ya.

      Hey, I'll buy all our apple products you have listed there
    1. knuclez's Avatar
      knuclez -
      I used to work at best buy we do that all the time and also add a "bundle" pack just to milk more money off consumers and this includes ps3 xbox and other big name product. After quitting from that place I never ever go shop at a best buy.
    1. urwack's Avatar
      urwack -
      Apple knows how to hit retailers where it hurts and thats in the pocketbooks.....This is a way for Apple to flex it's muscles and show the other retailers "look what we can and will do to you if you mess up our product sales"
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Typical Apple corporate hysteria. Seems like everyone who works for Apple is crazy and stupid, go to a bar and forget about a prototype phone now this...
      Punish all Best Buy for what some schmuck did to make some extra bucks at the store level.
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      This is all based on am employee email? This article is highly doubtful and a waste of time reading.
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Hopefully this means more units at other retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target. Give us late folk a chance to snag one of these "magical" tablets.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mustard05 View Post
      This is all based on am employee email? This article is highly doubtful and a waste of time reading.
      Lol! Glad you read it all!

      I thought Best Buy was smarter than that...guess I was wrong!
    1. amorod's Avatar
      amorod -
      I still haven't buy mine
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      I still don't understand why people are hating on apple. Anyways I like best buy but what a ****** thing to do. I would be so pissed. I'm buyin my iPad from Walmart. That's if Home Office sends us any
    1. Khalidgh's Avatar
      Khalidgh -
      Thank you
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Best Buy routinely does this for many products. For example, in 2006 and much of 2007, when they would put the Wii console in their ads, they would say "minimum XX per store." Some weeks it was 10, some weeks is was 30, and so on. What that meant was that they could sell Wii consoles they received during the week as soon as they received them as long as they held enough for Sunday when the ad would go into effect. They did this so that stores would not sell out the moment the truck arrives and leave none for the customers responding to the Sunday ad. I'm not sure why they felt it was important enough to advertise and then make special arrangements to cater to those responding if they were going to sell out either way. Just sell out and advertise "shipments arriving all week!"