In Store Availability April 24th

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  1. timize macrumors regular

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    So I have been scouring articles on Google News, but I'm getting conflicting information as to whether Apple will have any watches in stock April 24. Some articles say there will be none; however, others say they will be for customers who reserve one in-store after their try-on appointments.

    Does anyone know if there's been an official response from Apple?
     
  2. Wildgift macrumors 6502

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    I seriously doubt it , inthat they have said publicly that the watch will be sold online only, at least at the beginning.
     
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    No official response, but three Specialists on the ground in my local store seem to think there will be no regular store stock on this "until the summer."
     
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  5. sam223 macrumors member

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    Initial launch period could be between April 10 - 24th. :)
     
  6. andrewpturko, Apr 12, 2015
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    andrewpturko macrumors regular

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    Yes, but do you think this could also be interpreted as both for delivery and store pickup? Perhaps the pickup option will be available, come the 24th. It would only make sense based on how heavily advertised the 04.24.15 date is.

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  7. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    Store pick up would only matter if they have it in stock.
     
  8. 3rdiguy macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to check at 12:01 am on 4/24 to see if in store pickup is available. Either way I will place my order since it won't be preorder anymore.
     
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  10. andrewpturko macrumors regular

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    Officially? Where?

    Just out of curiosity, what does it matter if it's preorder or not? If anything, wouldn't the shipping wait increase by then if it's not available for pickup?
     
  11. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

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    My opinion is that the wording of the Apple website still says "Available 4/24/15" rather than "Shipping 4/24/15". Given that they are still advertising that it will be available 4/24/15 and all online pre-orders now indicate June shipment, I think that there will be in store stock on the 24th.

    But I have been pretty heavily disparaged for that opinion.
     
  12. Julien macrumors G3

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    In order to NOT have any lines at the :apple:Store there can't be any in store sales until all on line orders are cought up.
     
  13. AppleSnitch macrumors member

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    Store leadership
     
  14. charlituna macrumors G3

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    here's the deal. At one point they said in store would start on the 24th. And yes it is (as far as anyone knows) still by appointment which includes a product reservation.

    and it could still happen on the 24th. But, according to my BF, they are not to talk about that system. Corp has wanted them to push for online orders rather than waiting for the product reservations if someone did a try on appointment. Now they are being told rather than suggesting those folks should consider online, don't even bring up the in store reservations. In part because they would rather save the staff time for those that don't manage to get a try on and the other part because of the implication that they will have tons of stock on the 24th. They might not. Even if they have stock on the 24th it might only be 1-2 of each model. Customers won't really know that's the sitch because they will just be told that X isn't available to reserve. which could mean that its low stock or several folks beat them to that one.
     
  15. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

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    In the past, people that pre-ordered for in store pickup showed up at the opening of the store while people in line got angry thinking they were getting skipped.

    Now that Apple has forced all pre-orders to be shipped to homes, this means there won't be as much chaos at stores even if there still are lines of people waiting for in store stock. This is just theoretical though. You could be right that there won't be any in store stock at all. However, there will still be lines you can count on that. People will still be in line hoping to get one.
     
  16. AppleSnitch macrumors member

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    Product reservations start on the 24th, however no stock will be available to do any product reservations on the 24th. Best bet is to order online.
     
  17. charlituna macrumors G3

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    define 'initial launch period'. that could mean this two weeks of the try ons or it could mean the next two months. We don't know since they didn't clarify
     
  18. AppleSnitch macrumors member

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    This is until demand meets supply.
     
  19. charlituna macrumors G3

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    that is a reason for why they don't want lines. As well as why they aren't doing in store pickups for online orders. Not to mention that ISP combined with Product Reservations is asking for something to go wrong
     
  20. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

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    Right now, appointments only go to the 18th so the key would be checking back between now and the 18th to see if the date goes further.

    It may take making an appointment to actually get one on the 24th like your saying.
     
  21. Vanilla Face macrumors 6502

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    Thats the preorder period. Launch period comes after the preorder period. I'd guess the 24th-8th
     
  22. charlituna macrumors G3

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    Not if they stick with the game plan they spent 2 weeks training every one of the 200 staff at my boyfriend's store. Angela does NOT want any lines. She abhors lines. She was the one that demanded that lines be eliminated because of all the crap that was flogged for hits by the media during the iPhone 6 launch. She's the one that demanded that they publish the whole "you have to make a product reservation online and pick a time to show up and buy it" scheme so everyone would know not to stand in line, camp out etc. You won't get a phone. Store leaders were flat out told there was no to be any holding back of stock for walk ins. heck they even said no holding back for store staff or business customers. Staff have to duke it out for a reservation (to be during a time they aren't on the clock) and business customers have to order online via the business sales store

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    I don't recall Tim, Angela or anyone at Apple giving that definition so that could be totally wrong.

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    It will. Because even after the launch they will allow you to book a try on without a product flagged to it.
     
  23. AppleSnitch macrumors member

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    Tell that to senior leadership and market leads, we won't be getting any stock in until preorders are being fulfilled at a normal pace.
     
  24. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

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    Your probably right, but it just doesn't feel right. The fact that they are still listing as "available 4/24/15" despite all pre-orders being listed as shipping in june.
     
  25. charlituna macrumors G3

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    They said available, they didn't say by what means.
     

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