Is Apple Using the Store Being Down as Free Advertising?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jbg232, Feb 26, 2008.

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Is Apple Using the Store Being Down as Free Advertising?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. No Clue

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  1. jbg232 macrumors 65816

    jbg232

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    #1
    First off, only apple fans can get this excited by an online store NOT WORKING. Modern servers require no real downtime to get things uploaded. I was pondering this the other day and today just came across this link which helped validate my thoughts. I'm not really sure either way... Any thoughts of your own?
     
  2. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    Yes, it's all part of Apple's marketing strategy. I mean, imagine if Amazon went down every time they added a product.
     
  3. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a

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    Hehe, I kind of agree. Surely there is no other website that goes down and draws near this much attention. It's certainly free publicity, especially when every tech news site picks it up and provides all the hype for free.
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Yes, it's a marketing ploy. Who cares? We get new products and we KNOW when it's happening. This from a company who tells the public NOTHING of its future plans.
     
  5. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Yes, but who else, apart from Apple "fans" would know this?
    For other people it is just another website "down" for a while.

    It is not like Apple have a banner saying "we are updating and OMG adding great new products!"

    More like preaching to the converted… ;)
     
  6. design-is macrumors 65816

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  7. Fezzasus macrumors regular

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    It's not free advertising because they have to prevent sales online to do it.
     
  8. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Precisely and for them, it's not a good experience. Makes Apple look unprofessional; if they can't update a website in less than 2 hours, why should I think about buying one of their computers.
     
  9. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    No because any one who really notices that it is down would be the sort to buy their products anyway. I think its just to increase our (the obsessed fan)excitment. Most people don't care.
     
  10. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    Amazing though, that despite being down for >2 hours, some stores are still showing inaccurate or old info. It makes you wonder :rolleyes:
     

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