Best Buy Sold Out of Pre-Orders!

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  1. Maclver macrumors 68020

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    http://www.macworld.com/article/141163/2009/06/iphone3gs_supply.html?lsrc=rss_main


    AT&T and Best Buy have sold out their pre-order allotments of the iPhone 3G S, slated to go on sale Friday, but Apple said it still was taking early orders today.

    An Apple sales representative, however, stressed that the June 19 arrival date now shown on the company’s site was only “an estimate.”

    AT&T, Apple’s exclusive carrier partner in the U.S., last week ran through the iPhone 3G S phones it had set aside for pre-orders. By Saturday, a message on its site said: “Pre-orders for iPhone 3G S will ship 7 to 14 days after your order is placed. Orders will be shipped on a first-come, first-served basis.”

    Best Buy, the electronics retail chain that also sells the Apple iPhone, said Saturday that it had exhausted its pre-order supply as well.

    As of mid-afternoon Monday, Apple’s site still said “Pre-order now and get it June 19. Free shipping.” The company is still taking pre-orders, both on its Web site and over the phone, an Apple sales representative said. Asked if Apple is still guaranteeing that pre-ordered phones would arrive Friday, he answered, “It’s an estimated date.”

    Apple’s public relations staff did not respond to questions about the status of pre-orders placed at its online store.

    Selling out inventory is nothing new for the iPhone. Last year, U.K. carrier O2 took pre-orders for the iPhone 3G, but within an hour its Web site started to stall, then crashed completely. Later, O2 said “unprecedented“ demand had exhausted its supplies.

    Perhaps O2 learned a lesson: It’s not taking online pre-orders for the iPhone 3G S.

    Apple ran short of iPhone 3Gs last year, when inventories remained tight for weeks after the July 17, 2008 launch.

    “I wouldn't expect the kind of inventory problems Apple had last year,” said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research.

    Nor does he think Apple will match sales figures of last year’s iPhone 3G. Three days after the iPhone 3G’s debut in July, 2008, Apple bragged that it had sold one million of the devices. “I think they might be able to sell half of that this year,” Gottheil said. “Clearly, there's not a much pent-up demand for the iPhone 3G S as there was for the iPhone 3G. And however sweet the iPhone 3G S is, it’s step-up is not equivalent to the move from EDGE to 3G. Also, the global economy’s not in the shape it was last year.”

    Things in Apple’s favor, said Gottheil, include some possible deferred sales as rumors increased that the company would, in fact, deliver an updated iPhone. And the launch of the Palm Pre may have helped the iPhone a little as well. “The Pre shoe has dropped,” said Gottheil, talking about the June 6 debut of the new Palm smartphone. “The lack of apps for the Pre make the light shine a little brighter on the iPhone,” Gottheil added.

    Even so, “anyone who thinks that Apple will sell as many iPhone 3G S [phones] as it did iPhone 3Gs that first weekend is crazy,” he concluded.



    Great!
     
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Ahh yes.

    How can we forget the legendary iPhone 3G, which incorportated a (gasp) all new non aluminum black, and 3G access. Wow. I guess twice as fast isn't really a step up.

    He also conveniently forgot to mention the fact that ATT will not subsidize this version of the phone for EVERYONE like they did last year (we all know that fiasco). Of course sales numbers will be in half. Those that didn't upgrade to the 3g will have the opprotunity to. A large portion of them did and are still stuck for a little while.

    Is this what they are pumping out of journalism school these days?
     
  3. Maclver thread starter macrumors 68020

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    i guess.... do you believe the pre-order selling out stories?
     
  4. bruinsrme macrumors 601

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    hmmm I walked into a store about 3 hours ago and reserved one.
    They had a tonof 16G reservations. I was the first 32g reservation
     
  5. bobw999 macrumors member

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    :mad:

    I'll get over it though. :cool:
     
  6. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Do I believe it...its hard to tell. Either these phones are hot (which they are) or Apple REALLY underestimated the market on the 3G which is extremely plausible. Customers may be a little peeved if they have to go another week without a phone due to backorders, but its alot better than shipping giant quantities to every retailer on the block and ultimately have them not moving.

    There is also a endgadet article saying that Apple B&M Store preorders have passed the 200,000 mark.

    Edit: Sorry its Endgadget

    link : http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/15/iphone-3g-s-pre-orders-start-shipping-reservations-estimated-in/
     
  7. Maclver thread starter macrumors 68020

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    i keep saying thats why I ordered through att
     
  8. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    I ordered the phone this morning and it said 'delivers by june 19'. Only being an estimate wouldn't be good enough because it clearly states it will be delivered by the 19th. If it's only an estimate, it should say that.
     
  9. Maclver thread starter macrumors 68020

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    LOL well one would think it shouldn't say that!
     
  10. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    Very disappointed if it turns out to not be in by the 19th.
     
  11. Maclver thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I would call apple just to double check with them
     

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