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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...
04-08-2011, 02:48 PM #1
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
04-08-2011, 02:51 PM #2
Bad bad best buy, they trying to rack up
Last edited by z3r01; 04-08-2011 at 02:54 PM.
04-08-2011, 02:55 PM #3
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.
04-08-2011, 02:56 PM #4
04-08-2011, 03:24 PM #5
They are being paid off. Probably by RIM or Google
04-08-2011, 03:37 PM #6
Bad business Best Buy.... not good
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04-08-2011, 03:41 PM #7
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.
04-08-2011, 03:54 PM #8
04-08-2011, 03:55 PM #9
04-08-2011, 03:57 PM #10
what a stupid move by BestBuy
04-08-2011, 04:00 PM #11
04-08-2011, 04:48 PM #12
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.
04-08-2011, 05:54 PM #13
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"
04-08-2011, 06:27 PM #14
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.
Last edited by unison999; 04-08-2011 at 06:32 PM.
04-08-2011, 08:11 PM #15
This is all based on am employee email? This article is highly doubtful and a waste of time reading.
04-08-2011, 08:25 PM #16
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.@iosalliance
04-08-2011, 08:45 PM #17
04-08-2011, 08:53 PM #18
I still haven't buy mine
04-08-2011, 09:07 PM #19
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
04-08-2011, 09:18 PM #20