Ipod Shuffle 2G and Apple Store weirdness

Discussion in 'iPod' started by cr2sh, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. cr2sh macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2002
    I stopped in Apple Easton last night to get a hands on and see the new shuffle. I walked in and there were nanos in the usual place... and video ipods a little ways over .. and wait.. what? There's no shuffles. So I walked around the store looking for them (maybe they're so small they can't be easily found?) but nothing.

    I eventually spotted one clipped to an employee's belt and I stopped and asked him:

    "I was expecting to see the new shuffles tonight, do you have them?"

    "Yeh.. here" he said and handed me his off hit belt. It didn't have headphones, the battery was dead and he just stood there as I pressed the play button.. and yep. It clicked.

    So I handed it back to him in what was the most awkward apple store experience ever and said "hmm... thanks."

    I guess they're selling fast enough that people don't need to see them or play with them.. they're expected to just go in and fork over the cash because it's Apple..?

    Doesn't that seem smug/weird to anyone else? Does your local store have this same odd sales demo policy or are they sitting out for you to touch and listen to?
  2. jsm4182 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2006
    Beacon, NY
    I was at the apple store in Providence on friday and noticed they didn't have any shuffles on display but the employees had them clipped to their shirts.
  3. eyemacg5 macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2006
    Derbyshire, England
    In the store in sheffield there not on display there in a box at the back behind the counter
  4. ClassicFitness macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2006
    Montreal, QC
    No shuffles in display to listen at? This is weird. Maybe it's too small and they don't have any small security clip.:(
  5. MattyMac macrumors 68000


    Oct 6, 2005
    hmmm very odd...that would discourage me from buying one at the store.

    I bought one online though...and it is very nice!
  6. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    That would actually make sense.

    They have probably learned from their mistake when the minis came out...I remember we always had some on display, but none to sell. People got mad that they were able to SEE the product, but couldn't buy it...
  7. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    It generally seems to take them a couple days to get them on display. It was like that when I got my mini. None on the counter, but some in the back room.
  8. cr2sh thread starter macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2002
    One... I could accept this if he explained that to me.. I'm pretty reasonable. No go. Just weirdness.

    And B... it's not like the apple stores uses elaborate cardboard displays like target. They have a wooden table that has ipods on it.. and they all get stuck with the same .5" by .5" white security tag.

  9. backsidetailsli macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2006
    worried of theft?
    even with security guards in my local store, they are small enough to easily steal.
  10. stevehp macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    It's not a house, it's a home.
    that's what I was thinking, but there has to be a way around it.
  11. archurban macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    back in september I got new nano. it was september 13th. the day after release nano. when I went to store, they didn't have new one on display. but they had in stock. I bought one. after about 5 days, it showed up display. so in the same way, new shuffle will be displayed coming friday or next monday so that you can try it out.:)
  12. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    When I went to my local apple store tonight to pickup a new macbook to replace my MBP and they had at least 4 of the shuffles on display.

    All of the employees also had them clipped on as well.

    There was a stack of probably 35 or so behind the counter as well.
  13. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    It could just be a matter of supply keeping up with demand. If they're selling them as fast as they get them in stock, every one on display is one they can't sell. They'll have them out in a matter of days if they're not on display already.
  14. TrenchMouth macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2002
    also keep in mind that the store plans, layout and all that, are governed by apple not the individual store. while they go out of their way to get the latest $350 ipod or $2500 mac pro on the floor asap, something like the $80 shuffle is going to have to wait a bit to get on the floor. :rolleyes:

    if the previous generation shuffle is any indicator, it might even sound better than the ipod...so be sure to test one out before you buy if that is a big issue for you.

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