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ProPedderKustom
Feb 1, 2008, 11:57 PM
The other thread got too long to figure out which stores had what. Does anyone want to give an update for any SoCal stores? Specifically updates that include times of confirmations...

Thanks all!



bidwalj
Feb 2, 2008, 12:38 AM
i got my base model from the northridge one today. I think they made me an exception since i had a hectic travel ahead.


The other thread got too long to figure out which stores had what. Does anyone want to give an update for any SoCal stores? Specifically updates that include times of confirmations...

Thanks all!

Mikebuzzsaw
Feb 2, 2008, 02:14 AM
keep this thread aliveee

dbell
Feb 2, 2008, 10:32 PM
Here's what I found today

The Grove: Demo / None for sale (were selling them)
3rd Street Promenade: Demo / None for sale (were selling them)
Manhattan Village: Demo / None for sale (were not selling them)
Sherman Oaks: Demo / None for sale (were selling them)

Mikebuzzsaw
Feb 2, 2008, 11:23 PM
Fashion Island, Newport Beach: Demo / None of sale
South Coast Plaza: Demo / None of sale

southcounty949
Feb 2, 2008, 11:52 PM
Mission Viejo --> Demo Only / Not selling yet
Irvine Spectrum --> Demo Only / Not selling yet
Fashion Island --> Demo Only / Not selling yet
South Coast Plaza --> Demo Only / Not selling yet (but I got put on a "waiting list" to be notified when a it does go on sale.

TV Cameraman
Feb 3, 2008, 06:32 AM
It was the last one (1.6/80HD) they sold that day.

TV Cameraman
Feb 3, 2008, 06:41 AM
i got my base model from the northridge one today. I think they made me an exception since i had a hectic travel ahead.

I tried similar reasoning (saying that I drove into Manhattan Beach because they said they had "plenty" to sell... which is 100% true... only to find that they had one demo and nothing to sell), but it did nothing for me. Even tried to talk to a manager, but he/she was "not available." Strange way to run a business. Either you have a release date and you sell the product on that date, or you don't. But this strange thing of "sell one here, and sell one there, but not really sell them anywhere" must be very disappointing (and confusing!) to honest consumers. I know I lost a bit of respect for Apple because of this experience.

bidwalj
Feb 3, 2008, 11:08 AM
I agree with you. They say different things, but no one knows if they are holding stock or selling units they were supposed to keep as demos. I think stores should have good stock by this week.


I tried similar reasoning (saying that I drove into Manhattan Beach because they said they had "plenty" to sell... which is 100% true... only to find that they had one demo and nothing to sell), but it did nothing for me. Even tried to talk to a manager, but he/she was "not available." Strange way to run a business. Either you have a release date and you sell the product on that date, or you don't. But this strange thing of "sell one here, and sell one there, but not really sell them anywhere" must be very disappointing (and confusing!) to honest consumers. I know I lost a bit of respect for Apple because of this experience.

cedar
Feb 3, 2008, 11:40 AM
Mall of Georgia has only displays. They told me this afternoon that ordering on-line would be faster than waiting for the store to get stock. This is different from what they had been telling me all week, ie, they are coming in any time.

southcounty949
Feb 3, 2008, 11:41 AM
I'm totally not stressing this anymore. I was at the point where I was calling every hour, by the hour, hoping that a different person would slip and tell me that they really had one. Anyway, I also got a response saying "check back at ___ o'clock, we're expecting a shipment" which led me to believe that they would possibly be getting some today, But when I called they said they didn't get it. I think with this much fuss about the MBA, Apple truly should give out some answers on when the release date is if they don't want people calling every minute asking if they have it on sale or probing for release dates. I did infact drink the kool-aid, but I think it's exiting my system. I still truly want (need) this MBA, but I guess I'll just wait until there is some stock. I learned from my iPhone experience that waiting it out for a product isn't that bad.

thecheda
Feb 3, 2008, 04:26 PM
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chrislee
Feb 4, 2008, 04:43 AM
i live in OC and have these 4 on speed dial- none have them it seems when i call or go in.

- mission viejo- has demos and only sold 1 so far on Sat. (base model)
- irvine spectrum- has demos/none sold yet
- south coast plaza- has demos/none sold yet
- fashion island- has demos/none sold yet

i find that all of the sales people are clueless so unless you ask a manager or business rep they wont know. good news is fed-ex comes around 10-10:30a everyday with their shipments and sometimes more throughout the day so you can always keep calling.

i had better luck buying the iphone the first week it was out. this is so frustrating!!! worse yet is the fact i know ill buy one NOW and another better one will come out in 6-9 mos it's just what apple does... technology gets better everyday. oh well, there's always ebay for when i want to sell it later :)

good luck. please share if anyone has luck at ANY of these stores above. wild goose chase!

TV Cameraman
Feb 4, 2008, 12:14 PM
[QUOTE=chrislee;4890514]i live in OC and have these 4 on speed dial- none have them it seems when i call or go in.

- mission viejo- has demos and only sold 1 so far on Sat. (base model)
- irvine spectrum- has demos/none sold yet
- south coast plaza- has demos/none sold yet
- fashion island- has demos/none sold yet

/QUOTE]

I know it's a drive, but I would add The Grove to your speed dial list. They are a flagship store and should get a higher allocation than other stores. But probably the same as South Coast Plaza. I got the last MBA at the Grove on Friday.

Mikebuzzsaw
Feb 4, 2008, 01:07 PM
Can someone call the grove for me? I already called this morning and I think they are getting frustrated with me. 323-965-8400 and press 5.

chrislee
Feb 4, 2008, 01:23 PM
[QUOTE=chrislee;4890514]i live in OC and have these 4 on speed dial- none have them it seems when i call or go in.

- mission viejo- has demos and only sold 1 so far on Sat. (base model)
- irvine spectrum- has demos/none sold yet
- south coast plaza- has demos/none sold yet
- fashion island- has demos/none sold yet

/QUOTE]

I know it's a drive, but I would add The Grove to your speed dial list. They are a flagship store and should get a higher allocation than other stores. But probably the same as South Coast Plaza. I got the last MBA at the Grove on Friday.

got mine this AM from irvine spectrum. it was the only one on the fed-ex truck. good luck to everyone else...

irvinemcd
Feb 4, 2008, 02:21 PM
Any luck in the Irvine (greater OC) area today? I've called around, and they say they have none.

Mikebuzzsaw
Feb 4, 2008, 02:36 PM
The Grove in LA has a bunch. I just picked up my SSD one.

TorchMusic
Feb 4, 2008, 02:42 PM
Canoga Park/Topanga store in LA got 4 standard and 2 SSD's delivered this morning. I bought one SSD, the guy next to me bought a standard one. Don't know what's left.

camarobh
Feb 4, 2008, 08:22 PM
Anyone have any luck at either Apple store in San Diego?

CaptainCaveMann
Feb 4, 2008, 09:21 PM
Anyone have any luck at either Apple store in San Diego?

I was gonna go in the other day, I'm pretty sure they should have the demos out by now. You can call ahead though. ;)

southcounty949
Feb 5, 2008, 12:50 AM
At the end of work today, I decide to read MacRumors to see if anyone posted if any stores in my area were selling, to my surprise, I read someone got theirs at Irvine Spectrum. I got home and called, they said that they had some, but sold out, so I decided to just try to call Victoria Gardens Apple Store (Rancho Cucamonga). They said they had a lot. The guy couldn't tell me how many he had, so I asked him if he thought there would still be some in an hour or two, and he said that they had plenty (of the base models at least). I did something that I have never done for a toy before, I drove in traffic from Laguna Beach to Rancho Cucamonga. I am now a proud owner of a MacBook Air and I couldn't be happier ! :D

On a side note, Brea had a lot, but by the time I got there, they sold out. Apple in Victoria Gardens supposedly had a lot because "no one knew that they were for sale" and that they tend to get more because they are the only Apple store in the Inland Empire. :apple:

Mikebuzzsaw
Feb 5, 2008, 01:04 AM
How long did that take?

admadan
Feb 5, 2008, 01:52 AM
I called south coast plaza earlier and they said they had them, by the time I got there they were sold out. Once there I figure I'd call the apple store at fashion Island, they also had them and I was able to buy the 1.8/ssd. This was at about 12:40pm 4. Feb. 08. The mba is an awesome machine.

B3CK24
Feb 5, 2008, 02:46 AM
I saw them today at the Apple Store in Fashion Valley - San Diego, played around with each one... SSD is fast, but not $999 more fast...

I like the design, thats about it. :)

trojanman2011
Feb 5, 2008, 04:45 AM
I got mine today from the grove. Was there about 2:30 and they still had HD and SSD versions in stock.

Give them a call before you go. They'll let you know if they still have them in stock.

barefeats
Feb 5, 2008, 06:38 AM
I called all three Apple Retail stores in San Diego County. I called the business rep of all three stores. The Fashion Valley store told me they would not be carrying the MBA with SSD. "You must order those online." (I tried that but it would have have arrived until the third week of Feb.)

The Chula Vista store rep said they would be getting the SSD model and he'd call me as soon as they came it. On Monday, Feb 4th, he called at 9AM. I've got the 1.8GHz with SSD. If you can come today, I'll hold it for you. It's a 70 mile drive from my house to that store but I gladly made the drive.

If you call them or go there, ask for Evan or Philip.

tapeguy
Feb 5, 2008, 01:55 PM
I got a 1.6, 80G today at Northridge. The sales guy told me I did get the last superdrive. He said they had "a few" of both models.

roland.g
Feb 5, 2008, 01:58 PM
Is this like Thomas Bros. for the MBA?;)

rsbell
Feb 5, 2008, 02:05 PM
Is this like Thomas Bros. for the MBA?;)

Works for me.

I will be in the L.A. area tomorrow, and will (hopefully!) be picking up a MBA at the Santa Monica store first thing in the morning.

Anybody know if they have any?

Vendetta
Feb 5, 2008, 02:55 PM
They had some at The Oaks in Thousand Oaks yesterday.

etaylor3971
Feb 5, 2008, 06:49 PM
I called Fashion Valley about 130pm today and the rep answering said they had both models in stock, so I swung by and bought the base model (8% discount for government/armed services personnel).

When I first walked through the door, the alarm for one of the display units was going off with security standing by it was quickly fixed.

What was surprising was that I walked up to the genius bar to make my purchase, the rep asked me who had helped me today (no one had, I had already made up my mind and bypassed the display units which were in use), so she summoned (her friend?) to help me.

The only "help" I received from him was a hard sell for Apple Care for the unit - I politely declined and said I understood I had time to add it later if I wanted and he shook his head and said "well if you're like me..." insinuating that I would forget to add it later in the necessary window. So I again politely declined his offer and he says "well don't blame me if you something happens and you haven't purchased Apple Care" --

I assured him I wouldn't come looking for him in that event (nor will I look for him again if I should purchase from this store in the future).

Is there a nice commission for selling Apple Care at time of purchase?

By the way, I love the MBA -- it's better than I expected, was quick and easy to set up and I got my Sprint Novatel Ovation U720 up and running flawlessly (well, with a USB extender anyway).

Cancelled my on-line order (was due to ship 2/25) too.

Cheers!

Eric

PS. Today was my birthday, so I was especially pleased to score one.:D

B3CK24
Feb 6, 2008, 12:18 AM
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