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  • iPad mini Quickly Selling Out of Launch Day Inventory


    It's a headline we've come to expect within the first 24 hours of a day on which preorders begin for a new Apple product. This morning, preorders for Apple's new iPad mini commenced. And already we're hearing about the apparent buying frenzy underway.

    In a development that seems to prove correct Phil Schiller's theory about the iPad mini being appropriately priced, we are hearing that Apple has already sold out of launch day inventory of the white and silver iPad mini model. As of this writing, folks ordering a black model are still being promised a November 2nd delivery.

    Within hours of the start of preordering, the white and silver iPad mini had slipped to two weeks for shipping, a clear indication of launch day delivery supply running dry. Of course, we are referring just to the Wi-Fi only models as the cellular-ready iPad minis won't ship until well into November anyway.

    Despite the investor optimism that some expected after a week of rousing Apple news, shares of AAPL continue to decline (down another $10 today) and trading below the $600 level for the first time in recent memory.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad mini Quickly Selling Out of Launch Day Inventory started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Okay, where are all those people saying an iPad mini would be a big flop?
    1. 14u2nv's Avatar
      14u2nv -
      Are there any numbers? It's easy to sell out first day and make it look like a huge success if you only have 100,000 on hand vs 1,000,000. I don't know ANYONE that is going to buy a mini,, the regular ones are a big success partly due to hospitals/stores/etc starting to use them, but the mini won't really fit there I'd think...
    1. moribo's Avatar
      moribo -
      Quote Originally Posted by 14u2nv View Post
      Are there any numbers? It's easy to sell out first day and make it look like a huge success if you only have 100,000 on hand vs 1,000,000. I don't know ANYONE that is going to buy a mini,, the regular ones are a big success partly due to hospitals/stores/etc starting to use them, but the mini won't really fit there I'd think...
      I purchased two, one for me and once for my partner.

      I love my iPad 3, the screen is amazing but sometimes is completely impractical due to its size (some netbooks are smaller in every dimension except thickness). Therefore the iPad Mini, although I do look forward to next years one having a Retina Display (wishful thinking maybe?).

      ...and with the price difference it makes it a must. I care about my iPad 3 too much to damage it, this isn't as bigger investment so it won't be such a big deal if it get damaged.

      Just my 1p's worth.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by 14u2nv View Post
      Are there any numbers? It's easy to sell out first day and make it look like a huge success if you only have 100,000 on hand vs 1,000,000. I don't know ANYONE that is going to buy a mini,, the regular ones are a big success partly due to hospitals/stores/etc starting to use them, but the mini won't really fit there I'd think...
      Did you just seriously wrote that??
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      iPad screen size is what a Mac OS X tablet shoulda have been and the 7" as the iOS tablet.
    1. macsrock's Avatar
      macsrock -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      iPad screen size is what a Mac OS X tablet shoulda have been and the 7" as the iOS tablet.
      👍👍👍👍👍👍
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by 14u2nv View Post
      Are there any numbers? It's easy to sell out first day and make it look like a huge success if you only have 100,000 on hand vs 1,000,000. I don't know ANYONE that is going to buy a mini,, the regular ones are a big success partly due to hospitals/stores/etc starting to use them, but the mini won't really fit there I'd think...

      I'm agreeing here. We won't know if the mini will truly be successful until a few months down the road. An how fast they are selling when apple fully has them in stock.
    1. Airwaves182's Avatar
      Airwaves182 -
      No retina display = no buy
    1. *T*'s Avatar
      *T* -
      Quote Originally Posted by 14u2nv View Post
      Are there any numbers? It's easy to sell out first day and make it look like a huge success if you only have 100,000 on hand vs 1,000,000. I don't know ANYONE that is going to buy a mini,, the regular ones are a big success partly due to hospitals/stores/etc starting to use them, but the mini won't really fit there I'd think...
      Are you stupid? The biggest tech company in the world sells out of a product, and you don't believe it's a big success?
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I expected it. No offense but this happens to all Apple stuff haha! Well the hand held devices anyway. iPhone Launch = same, iPad 3 launch = same. Funny how the iPad 4 is not selling out. Im with you MetallicaFan..time to stop playing around and unify the OS..One OS for both desktop and tablet(modbookpro is a great example of what can be done. Just don't like the price Now that's what i call integration. I know the price will go up but im willing to pay for full capabilities. We shall see what Apple has in store for next year.
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Airwaves182 View Post
      No retina display = no buy
      +1
    1. Jj2345's Avatar
      Jj2345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Airwaves182 View Post
      No retina display = no buy
      That's what the iPad mini S is for.and it will have the A6 chip!!
    1. soldoutluck's Avatar
      soldoutluck -
      Quote Originally Posted by *T* View Post
      Are you stupid? The biggest tech company in the world sells out of a product, and you don't believe it's a big success?
      What he was saying is we don't know the official inventory available for original launch, and speculated that the sell out could be due to low numbers of initial quantities.

      Which to a normal logical person who loves apple and understands some of the battles they have been having with QC issues on the assembly lines, and display shortages from suppliers taken into account it would make total sense, but to an Apple fan boy somehow this statement becomes an attack on their coveted idol... lol

      Until we have true numbers of the initial stock that was available for launch day delivery it's all speculation, but to assume that just because apple is "the biggest tech company" doesn't mean that they have all the back stock in the world on new products they design.http://modmyi.com/images/smilies/facepalm.gif

      Oh and a side note... Supply and demand is something you should look at to... if something is limited in stock, people like you begin to assume that there is a great demand, and the value of said item goes up, or becomes a "must have" because everyone ells has it...http://modmyi.com/images/smilies/annoyed.png
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      You honestly think Apple would only have 100,000 iPad minis on launch?!??
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      meh
    1. redstar299's Avatar
      redstar299 -
      They have an absolutely brilliant strategy… They going to losses product with the crappy screen it's overpriced. But everyone still don't want it because even know it's overpriced it's still within reach and not dramatically more than the other tablets and it's class then next year they will come out with iPad Mini to an upgraded to a retina display 4 the same price
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Im with you MetallicaFan..time to stop playing around and unify the OS..One OS for both desktop and tablet(modbookpro is a great example of what can be done. Just don't like the price Now that's what i call integration. I know the price will go up but im willing to pay for full capabilities. We shall see what Apple has in store for next year.
      Ummmmmm no please don't create an OS for both unless you plan on making the portable OS a full blown desktop OS. I do not want the desktop OS "dumbed" down to how ipads and such are.

      PS: There are companis that will change a Macbook into a tablet. But costs way to much.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      iPad minis are not selling out., other sites like Techno Buffalo are reporting quite the opposite.
    1. Mattme11's Avatar
      Mattme11 -
      Quote Originally Posted by moribo View Post
      I purchased two, one for me and once for my partner.

      I love my iPad 3, the screen is amazing but sometimes is completely impractical due to its size (some netbooks are smaller in every dimension except thickness). Therefore the iPad Mini, although I do look forward to next years one having a Retina Display (wishful thinking maybe?).

      ...and with the price difference it makes it a must. I care about my iPad 3 too much to damage it, this isn't as bigger investment so it won't be such a big deal if it get damaged.

      Just my 1p's worth.
      ITS CALLED GETTING A IPOD TOUCH HAVE YOU NEVER SEEN THEM BEFOR? They have a 4 inch screen so only 3 inchs smaller and you save $80 for the same stuff
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      OF COURSE it sold out when the launch stock is 2 per store.
      I bet if they had 1000 per store it wouldn't be sold out and they will still have lots of stock in months too.

      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      time to stop playing around and unify the OS..One OS for both desktop and tablet
      No its not. Micro$oft just released Windows 8 and thats goign to be a big flop for them. It'll be worse than Vista was.
      You cant have a tablet touchscreen OS on a desktop PC as it just doesn't work.

      So having IOS on a desktop is just stupid. Try IOS without the multitouch and that'll be what its like. Try pinch to zoom with only 1 finger, oh you cant well thats what IOS will be with a mouse on a desktop.

      See you Apple fanboys, I also hate Micro$oft. I have my own opinion and I say it, If you dont like it then abuse me and get banned from here. Cya