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07-21-2010, 02:12 PM #21
To this day people continue to buy the 3GS and even the 3G. So certainly any surplus of the next gen iPhone would more than likely sell by the end of the fiscal year.
Right now the iPhone 4 has sold a little over 3 million units right? Say they upped their initial production launch number to 5 million. If they sold a modest 2 million units just during the first launch week, u don't think they would sell the remaining 3 million by the end of the fiscal year?
And no sir I have not bought the iPhone 4 yet.
Last edited by RICO_; 07-21-2010 at 02:19 PM.
07-21-2010, 02:52 PM #22
Here is what happened to me:
Walked into an apple store at 11am PST looking for an iPad. I was told that there isn't any in stock but i am more than welcome to sign up for a priority list. I was advised that it could take from 2 weeks to up to two months wait to get it depending on how many is on the list although no one knows at Apple how long the list is.
At my surprise i get an email at 1:25Pm on the same day letting me know that my "iPad has arrived and ready for pick up" at the same store.
I went back to the store and i was told i got lucky because they just received a " truck load" of iPad's.
While the idiot was telling me this next to me another shopper arrived and was told that she would not be unable to purchase 2 iPads because they are out of stock.
I was amazed. Obviously the list wasn't that long since i got mine in just a couple of hours, and if they just received a truck load why wouldn't they sell it?
In my opinion they are holding back just to preserve the impression how magical all apple products are. It's a big gamble turning buyers away but it is paying off.
07-21-2010, 04:15 PM #23
I think the intentional pull is true. The day before launch (iP4)I was at the apple store in Santa Monica with a friend to buy an ipad around 3pm. None avail. None. Stood in line that day and got my iP4 around noon. Tons of ipads then.
Unless they had a crazy shipment before i entered the store, they're def hiding inventory.
07-21-2010, 05:54 PM #24
1. Apple doesnt charge shipping, even for replacement parts. So explain what the $30 was for?
2. You forgot your usb cable... Guess what. You don't need it. You don;t even need the box. They will just open up the new iPhone if you are doing a swap and give you whatever you gave them. You gave your old charger back? You get the new one. You forgot the usb cable? They keep the new one. Simple. So what would have happened in your scenerio is, they open up the new iPhone, tkae out the USB cable, and hand you everything else. The end.
Source: Close close close close friend is an Apple retail associate.
07-21-2010, 06:00 PM #25
I would say the same or you got a bad genius. The times I had to take my phone in for repairs or exhanges they simply give you a refurb that isn't in a box or anything and you just give them yours like the poster above said. The refurb units have no box at all or cables.
07-21-2010, 06:06 PM #26I'd rather be on two wheels.
07-21-2010, 06:15 PM #27
I got the 3GS and 2 weeks later had to exchange it because the glass was not flat. They gave me a refurb, not a new unit. I bought the 3GS 1 week after release.
I waited 2 weeks to return it because I hate going to the Mall of America so I was pushing it off for as long as I could before I couldn't stand it.
07-21-2010, 06:41 PM #28
It's no surprise that Apple produces less and/or holds back its products. Any smart company would rather have a shortage than surplus. Plus, it adds a "magical" feeling when you finally get your product. People get mad because Jobs actually knows how to run a company and make money.
07-22-2010, 07:02 AM #29