Good thing Apple charges a premium price for iPad. This launch has to be EXPENSIVE!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by 1080p, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Think about it...

    Using overnight shipping in a lot of cases... and iPad has free shipping.

    Having special trucks for them to keep iPads locked away.

    Specific orders to parcel carriers to only deliver on a specific day.

    Rumors of special warehouses for packaging and storage of iPad orders.

    All of the man power involved to make this go as smooth as possible with no leaks.
  2. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    When your margins are what Apple's can afford it.
  3. camfunction macrumors member

    Feb 14, 2011
    I imagine they get a huge discount on shipping fees due to the sheer volume of product that they ship each year.
  4. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    You know how kids used to run outside to chase down the ice cream truck? That's the feeling people get when they hear that distinct FedEx truck engine stop in front of the house.

    FedEx benefits more from serving Apple than the other way around.
  5. jarednt1 macrumors member

    May 2, 2005
    Apple outsources this all to Ingram Micro. They are responsible for retail distribution, warehouse space, online order fulfillment.
  6. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Precisely...Apple has HUGE discount pull with UPS / FED EX etc...Shipping they don't worry about.

    The cost of manufacture, a bone of some contention here, is a major factor too. The profit margins are huge...They are not going to suffer...:)
  7. jsalicru macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2004
    Austin, TX
    This is very true. The company I work for ships packages to/from home office/location 1x per week. That's over 1600 overnight packages a week. This doesn't count anything else that they might do for higher ups and regional offices, or special packages, etc.

    When I try to ship something company related using our house account, it costs me less to priority overnight a shipment than it does to send it ground.
  8. jarednt1 macrumors member

    May 2, 2005
    Margins are probably even better, as its done through Ingram Micro. Who handles distribution for many other companies.
  9. JUiCEJamie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2011
    Most companies in the UK pay a courier service a fee per year, as opposed to a fee per unit.
    A huge contracted payment (probably in the multi-millions) from Apple will benefit FedEx/UPS so much, that it'd be silly not too take on the work.
  10. monkeylui macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2011
    A Galaxy far, far away
    How is it a premium price? I don't get this. Everyone says it but it's competitively priced to other similar tablets. $499 base price. C'mon. That's cheap.
  11. Vindicator macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2011
    I think it is even cheaper compared to other competitors, like the new Asus Transformer 700 with 1920x1200 screen start at $600 :D
  12. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9B176 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Shipping is built into the price & trucks "belong" to the shipping co. It's standard warehouse practice for shippers to leave their trailers @ the warehouse then send a rig to p/u trailer when full.

    But bottom line is that it's not costing Apple anything off it's margin. We pay it in the iPad price, it's just invisible.

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