Funny experience buying the USB-C to USB adapter at Apple

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  1. thadoggfather macrumors G3

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    the employee that rang me out said "getting ready for it?" as he was taking care of the process (inferring I ordered it online through apple.com), I wasn't gonna say anything but then told him I just picked it up at best buy and he was legitimately surprised.

    Asked if they had gotten ANY in of any color/model, he said nope!

    So lame :D Angela real did drop the ball here.

    Granted, the best buy i went to only had one period, the one I got, but there was the same model in two other closeby towns so at least a few are trickling through the supply chain to the consumer by now.
     
  2. fs454 macrumors 68000

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    Yep, not at all liking the retail decisions made by Angela in her new position. What's the point of the stores if we can't walk out with product? I hope this strategy causes a PR nightmare with Apple Watch (similar no stock on launch strategy) causing them never to do this again.
     
  3. kingofwale macrumors 6502a

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    day 5.. no sighting in Canada, not even apple store
     
  4. applesith macrumors 68030

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    It would be interesting to know if Angela is actually the person to make decision as to when a product goes on sale.

    Clearly the supply isn't there for this new MB, but who actually selects on-sale dates?
     
  5. IGregory macrumors 6502a

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    What's the matter with you guys? Have a little patience.
     
  6. msb3079 macrumors 6502a

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    Patience is one thing, terrible business decisions is another. I'll have mine tomorrow, but even after then, I'll still laugh at this all and say how ridiculous it is. It has little to do with patience.
     
  7. thadoggfather, Apr 15, 2015
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    thadoggfather thread starter macrumors G3

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    Patience I need not/ don't have apparently, typing from mine right now :D

    returned my rMBP too

    I'm feeling like this man rn:
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  8. hypno macrumors regular

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    I mentioned it in another thread, but I like online approach simply because it makes it harder on scalpers. The 6/6+ lines full of scalpers were a much bigger joke than either of these launches were IMO.
     
  9. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors G3

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    scalpers negated at the expense of nearly no stock for anyone?

    huh, interesting way of seeing things :confused:
     
  10. hypno macrumors regular

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    I am talking about the online approach vs in-store approach. This particular supply constricted launch is not the result of either approach. My greater point is that an online approach results in a higher percentage of available devices getting in the hands of actual users vs. an in-store approach where scalpers fill 90% of the line with their minions to buy out a store's supply via cash transactions and then flip bags upon bags of Apple's products on eBay and in China for profit.
     
  11. TheBuffather macrumors 6502

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    It's not a matter of patience. It's a matter of a botched rollout. When a new iPhone launches, or the Apple Watch, it's expected that there will be delays. But, even with those massively popular items, people still have a chance to actually buy the product. With the MBr, there was no such chance. Disappointing.
     
  12. CaCohen0509 macrumors regular

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    Lol'd really damn hard!
     
  13. xPad macrumors regular

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    Everyone seems to claim that these Best Buys that are selling them have only one available, which seems to indicate they have received two for display, and the store is selling one of them.

    Otherwise, it would be extremely strange for these random stores to all just get one for sale, while no other store on the planet is receiving them.

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    Plenty of people bought them. We did it the recommended way and did it online.
     
  14. newellj macrumors 603

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    The store I bought mine had exactly one, and the manager confirmed it had been shipped for inventory, not for display.
     
  15. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    I understand where you are coming from, but you actually have to have stock to sell for the online method to work.

    If you had 1-2 day sustainable delivery, fine. But the only reason you don't like scalpers is because you think they take inventory from people like yourself, that actually want to buy and use the product.

    Well, either way, many many people that want this and the :apple:Watch have shipping dates out to 6-12 weeks! It isn't a matter of the buying method, it is a matter of a botched product release. Either production problems legitimately have caused really tight supply, or Apple have gotten so cocky that they felt they could basically build to order to save on supply chain costs and keep everyone waiting for as long as it takes, even if it won't be until June for lots pf people ordering either product now.
     
  16. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Seems to claim? Hopefully these pics upload. And also, no Best Buy has two nMB's on display, the ones that have them only have one, the same as they do with all of the other Macs. The one where I bought mine has none on display.:D

    But the ordering page for BB on the gold model states you can get one in 2-3 weeks, not 4-6.
     

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  17. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I don't understand how people think the low availability discourages scalpers. This just means they will wake up at midnight, order some, and resell them for more b.c they are out of stock everywhere.
     
  18. sholzer macrumors regular

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    I've been to two best buys with two on display, so I wouldn't say no best buy has two out.
     
  19. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    I stand corrected then. All the ones I've seen have had either only one or none displayed.
     
  20. IGregory macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I guess Apple should have waited until it had sufficient stock available before making the new Macbook available in limited quantities. But wait, what would the lucky ones who were able to buy their units say? No sir, this is about children not getting what they want - in other words, lack of patience. :(
     
  21. SusanK macrumors 68000

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    Apple is infallible. Haven't you heard? ;)
     
  22. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors G3

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    the "demand has been overwhelming" blurb from Angela about macbook makes me laugh :D
     
  23. newellj macrumors 603

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    That would be true, if you only build a few thousand of them? :rolleyes: :apple: :rolleyes:
     
  24. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Probably something like, "Dude, see what I just scored at Best Buy!":D
     
  25. dugbug macrumors 65816

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    what? You can only manufacture so many laptops at a time. What does angela have to do with it? Best buy surely did not supply EVERY best buy but they had to be given an allotment. you don't just d*ck over your partners.
     

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