Buying in store on the 24th

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by jcr918, Apr 11, 2015.

  1. jcr918 macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2012
    Spoke to a Apple rep today said limited supply of watches would be available in store on the 24th. Never waited in line for a product before but thinking about waiting since my pre order shows the end of May.

    Any thoughts on supply and the chance of getting a 42mm space grey sport ?
  2. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040


    Jul 13, 2008
  3. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    I think he's likely misinformed. They're not shipping till June if you order online. They're not going to have daily line-ups in stores and cancelled online orders.
  4. sam2428 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I hope they at least have bands to pick up in store...

    Kind of sad if they dont have any units to sell at all on the 24th...takes away from the launch day fun / excitement.
  5. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2011
    Apple Watch will not be in stores for purchase on April 24. Apple watch purchase are only available for online purchases
  6. stephen1108 macrumors 65816

    Sep 30, 2007
    I'm wondering when 3rd parties will carry these watches tbh.

    I wouldn't expect them to carry every model, but mainly the Sport models and some Watch models.
  7. jcr918 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2012
    Two reps confirmed that stores will have a limited amount of watches maybe they where misinformed but that's what they told me.

    My order says it ships May 13th - May 27th hopefully that will arrive sooner
  8. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Yeah, I think supply has been an issue from day one, so they couldn't do that launch day.
  9. sam223 macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2008
    I was told that the watch will be available in stores on the 24th. Limited quantities I guess.
  10. SIUGRAD99 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008

    I was told the exact opposite in store and on the phone.
  11. bgdrew macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2011
    I ordered at 3:08 EST and was given the 4-6 week delivery window.

    I'm going to be very upset if they stock stores first, after telling people pre-ordering was the only way to get this thing on launch day.
  12. jbromer macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    MD, USA
    True, I'd feel the same way. But if the store has stock, then go wait in line, pick it up, and cancel your online order. Or just sit tight and see what happens...
  13. Domino8282 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2010
    Southeast USA
    I don't think it's a matter of "stocking stores first." The supply chain isn't a single file line where a watch gets finished on the assembly line and handed to the next person in line waiting. Pretty sure it's more of a web, where stock gets distributed as evenly as possible, both geographically and among their retail stores.

    If Apple was a 100% online business, then yes, it would be reasonable to expect a first-come-first-serve policy across the board. But I think they at least want a few devices on hand at retail stores on the 24th to drum up further interest. Nothing gets the tech world's juices flowing like seeing people lined up on a launch day...
  14. BeyondtheTech, Apr 11, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2015

    BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    I honestly feel that there will be a very (and I mean very) limited stock on hand on launch day for those who want to queue up, but they're not going to announce that publicly. After all, it's the new head of retail Angela Ahrendts that was trying to avoid the "whole camping out in front of a luxury store" thing in the first place.

    To me, it actually doesn't make sense that they wouldn't have any inventory whatsoever on launch day. If they could make a very small surprised few customers happy to supply one - if it so happens to be the exact version they're looking for - they would certainly do it for the positive customer experience. And, I'm sure that people who get offered to buy that one available model will most certainly not turn the offer down.

    I was lucky enough to preorder my iPhone 6 Plus. So, when I walked into an Apple Store a day after launch day and the lines were out the door, they allowed me to skip the line and walk right in when I flashed them my iPhone 6 Plus and told them I was just looking for accessories. While purchasing an iPhone 6 Plus case, I was with my daughter and told them that she's going to probably get one in the future, but the backorder was about a month, the store rep said, "Oh, we do have a select few in stock, want one?" I turned and looked at the long line out the door waiting to buy one, and said, "Yeah, of course!" and I was out the door with a second one.
  15. bgdrew macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2011
    I understand they have a mixed retail channel with the combination of brick and mortar and online. This doesn't change the fact that we were told the ONLY chance to get this thing in your hand on launch date was pre-ordering online.

    If they want to have a few watch-only units for DOA pre-orders/exchanges then that's fine. But take care of the customers who followed the procedures that you set.
  16. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Not on launch day and not for a few weeks after. As it is, only the 38mm link band shows 2 - 4 week shipping. Everything else is May or June.
  17. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    Can you imagine the mutiny they would have if they did this? All of us who are waiting for weeks would flip out, myself included, if you could just walk into the store and buy one. Not gonna happen, period.
  18. bounou macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2012
    I had a try-on today for the edition (wanted to try it on, not buying it) the Apple rep told me what he heard is that all of the flagship stores for the 8 countries would have stock on that day. Maybe.

    As in 8 stores total, one per country.

    Of course take it with a grain of salt, I sure am.

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