Closest Apple Store refusing to give inventory over the phone?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Codybby1, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. Codybby1 macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2016
    How are some of you calling ahead to see what's in stock? The closet to me is 2 hours away and they won't do anything aside from telling me to check the apple site for the status. That wouldn't be a problem if I wanted the base model but I'm looking for a 2.9ghz/1tb/460 15" and apparently the apple site is inaccurate with non base models.
  2. justabirdy macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2016
    While annoying at times, Not giving out stock information (Be it over the phone or in person) is perfectly normal in majority of retail.
  3. nomoresecrets macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2012
    I doubt you'll ever get an answer on inventory over the phone. They want you to come to the store and hope you'll buy something else, even accessories, if they don't have the model you are looking to purchase.
  4. Codybby1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2016
    Yea true, it was just disappointing after seeing other people getting answers. I'd hate to drive that far just to come back empty handed.
  5. Guy Mancuso macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2009
    I don't call , I go in but I don't have to drive two hours either. Totally understand that frustration. You need to get lucky and find a friendly employee to help. When you do get someone let them know they get these high end stock ones in but you can buy on web and pickup. They are for walk in high end customers. Really the big trick over the phone is kiss there ass and suck it up. Sugar works almost everytime
  6. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    I completely understand where you're coming from. I was in the exact same situation. I too am bothered by Apple's refusal to communicate what they have on-hand in the store.

    I am fully aware that Apple products sell like hotcakes and they don't want to disappoint a customer by telling them a product is there and then it is gone 2 minutes later, but they could at least add a clear-cut caveat that they do not hold merchandise for people and that it could be gone when people arrive. But if they at least communicate openly with the customer, then the customer can make an informed decision.

    With that being said, I worked hard at this and can offer you some advice that might help. You might already be aware of these things. If so, perhaps it will help someone else.

    • When you call an Apple Store, you will be routed to a centralized call system and not the actual store. Most CSRs will only read you the company line, but occasionally, if you nicely explain your situation and ask if the CSR can call several stores within your reach and check on stock levels, they might do it for you. If you have the patience, keep trying. Someone will eventually do it for you. After about 10 calls over 2 days, I finally got a CSR to call a bunch of stores for me. Be prepared to wait on hold for 5-10 minutes while they do this. In my case, there was still no stock at the time.
    • There is a trick for getting directly through to the actual store when you call. Just say "Manager" at the first prompt. You'll get connected through to the actual store and you can try to work your magic from there. Again, it seems like the person at the store will not be willing to help you 95% of the time, but maybe they'll be sympathetic to your situation. You might have better luck trying to call at off-peak times, perhaps a couple of minutes after they open. People are usually less stressed and less busy at that time and may be willing to go the extra mile for you.
    • If you own a small business or even have a legitimate part-time business venture, you can work through that particular Apple Store's Business Team. I was made aware of this by other forum members here and it was the golden ticket for me. (I am actually a full-time working photographer. It puts the roof over my head and the food in my stomach. Not much else though...LOL.) Working with the Business Team, I received over-the-top stellar customer service. They immediately called me to tell me they had it in stock and they held it for me until I arrived. They greeted me with the new MBP in a bag when I arrived. And they gave me a dedicated business line and email address for true concierge service. And I can honestly say it works: I accidentally received a 2-m USB-C to Lightning cable instead of a 1m cable so I emailed them and within 10 minutes, they overnighted me the correct cable. I was blown away by the customer service...
    The good news is the configuration you want is the BTO configuration that all the stores are getting (in addition to the base models.) I would not drive 2 hours either without some kind of indication that they had something at least in stock, so keep trying and hopefully you'll get the answer you need. And in the meantime, I'll send good vibes in hopes you'll get that answer soon!
  7. Codybby1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2016
    Thanks for the tips! I've been using the "manager" trick, I picked it up off another thread. I haven't heard of the business team though.
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    Everyone just keeps saying the stores don't carry anything except the base configs and that anything else would have to be custom ordered.
  8. SparkFlash macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2013
    I have called in the past for inventory and told the same thing. Mostly because their phones which show stock are misleading as it also shows things that are in back waiting for pickup, displays, etc. (At least I was told that). I just use online to check.

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