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timize

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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?
 

Wildgift

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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.
 

Blackstick

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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."
 

andrewpturko

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It's pretty official:

“To provide the best experience and selection to as many customers as we can, we will be taking orders for Apple Watch exclusively online during the initial launch period.”

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/201...re-Preview-Online-Pre-Order-Begin-Friday.html

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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3rdiguy

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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.
 

andrewpturko

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No stock available in stores on the 24th.

Officially? Where?

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.

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?
 

macguy360

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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?

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.
 

Julien

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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.
 

charlituna

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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.

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.
 

macguy360

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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.

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.
 

AppleSnitch

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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.

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.
 

charlituna

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It's pretty official:

“To provide the best experience and selection to as many customers as we can, we will be taking orders for Apple Watch exclusively online during the initial launch period.”

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
 

charlituna

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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.

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
 

macguy360

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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.

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.
 

charlituna

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However, there will still be lines you can count on that. People will still be in line hoping to get one.

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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This is until demand meets supply.

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

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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 will. Because even after the launch they will allow you to book a try on without a product flagged to it.
 

AppleSnitch

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Not if they stick with the game plan they spent 2 weeks training everyone of the 200 staff at my boyfriend's store. Angela does NOT want any lines. She abhor 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.

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.
 

macguy360

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Not if they stick with the game plan they spent 2 weeks training everyone of the 200 staff at my boyfriend's store. Angela does NOT want any lines. She abhor 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.

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.
 
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