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09-21-2012, 04:41 PM #21
09-21-2012, 05:25 PM #22
09-21-2012, 05:52 PM #23
I also went to an AT&T store but it was not easily visible, but only 2 people in front of me.....2 hours before it opened
09-21-2012, 07:34 PM #24
09-21-2012, 07:59 PM #25
Returning my i5 tomorrow and stick with my 4s or possible the galaxy s3 I'm trying out. The only thing I really like about the i5 is the back.
09-21-2012, 09:53 PM #26
It's because everyone bought the 4 and their contracts are finally ending. I mean really, how stupid are people.
09-21-2012, 11:41 PM #27
Also I've learned this lesson the hard way too. It's always better to just go to an apple store a day or two after it came out and wait for 10-20 minutes
09-22-2012, 09:36 AM #28
I totally understand how it works!
With the iPhone 4 I pre-ordered it and it was at my door the day before the release! And in case you don't remember they were over hyping the fact that they where having problems with production and that all pre orders may not be fulfilled on the first day, because they supposedly had fallen behind in manufacturing due to complications or materials i don't remember which.... sounds to similar.
I know they are giving their retailers x amount of stock as well, and that they cannot or will not take from that to fill pre-orders. my point was that they purposefully kept a diminished amount of stock for pre-orders availible to ship on the 21'st in order to hype their own product and make it appear as though they were over whelmed, and in demand.
09-22-2012, 10:36 AM #29
Here is a little more speculation and what i would consider proof to the over hype theory, it was posted on another thread.
"Its giving all the signs of hype building - "limited stock" and "first come first serve" were used a lot. However most Apple Stores had PLENTY of stock, and the only reason people couldnt get one in a majority was due to the shop closing.
I tried my local one (Watford, Herts, UK) this morning - there was a queue of people with tickets and I was turned away. Phoned at mid day, they had all models in stock. Went over there about half past 1, picked up a 16gig white. Spoke to the rep there and she said they had about 15 palets of them. Given how small the packaging, there must be at least 1000 of them per pallet.
I spoke to my local 'Three' shop however, and they were estimating October 2nd for pre-orders. Phoned Three's main phoneline and they said October 10th. Yet you can walk into any Apple store today and pick one up. The stupid thing is that in the UK, it works out BETTER to go on contract for the first time ever. Three are doing a plan that works out under £100 more than buying the phone outright and being on a £10/mo contract."
Take it for what you want...