Lack of Silver and Gold stock unacceptable

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  1. marddin macrumors 6502

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    I waited since 3am at my local AT&T store for them to tell me at 7:30am that they only had space grey 5S's. My brother proceeded with a space grey but I did not. Drove to my local Apple store for them to tell me the same thing. There was a minimal line.

    It makes absolutely no sense why they would release the 5S without supply to back it up. I knew we were in for trouble when they didn't have pre orders for 5S. Obvious that they couldn't make them fast enough.

    I totally understand the tactic of limiting supply to create the illusion of demand but Apple has gone to far on this one. I am a very disappointed loyal apple customer.
     
  2. randy98mtu macrumors 65816

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    Apple did not do this on purpose. There isn't a bunker in Arizona with 5 million iPhones in it. If they had them, they would sell them. They already have a buzz and they didn't need to create more.

    This is definitely the worst stock scenario I can remember for an iPhone launch though. Pretty sad overall.
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't think they were limiting the inventory on purpose, but rather only produced so much and then then having to give each carrier/retail store the phones meant that they only had so many.

    Personally, I would have woke up at 3:00am, ordered online and then wait for the delivery. That's just me, since I don't really want to wait in lines like that.
     
  4. Shrink macrumors G3

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    And can you even imagine the hue and cry...the massive pissing and moaning...the wild complaining of astronomical proportions, if Apple had delayed launch for, say, a week!:eek:
     
  5. Rocko1, Sep 20, 2013
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    Rocko1 macrumors 68020

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    The greatest part of this is, Apple could give a rats ass about what you find acceptable. :D
     
  6. Tammster macrumors 6502

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    I saw about 30 people posting about that yesterday (their AT&T rep told them) so I wasn't surprised. I did go to my AT&T store early but, knowing what I did, if I wanted a gold or silver I definitely would have tried the Apple store instead.
     
  7. campingsk8er macrumors 6502

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    Um, yeah, I waited for 14 hours (from 6PM last night), was first in line, and was at the Apple Store, and I didn't get the one I wanted. Out of the 200-300 iPhones they had, they only had ONE gold model. 64GB for AT&T. Of course what I wanted was 32GB Gold for Verizon. I wasn't going to wait there all that time and not get anything, so I decided to get the Space Grey (I was coming from the Silver 5, so I wanted a change-up). I will be going to the store EVERY single day until October 20th (The day my return period is over) at opening so I can try to get my gold one.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Why didn't you just get the 64gb one, its the right color, just more storage.
     
  9. iproductsuser macrumors 6502a

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    Does the apple store get any more stock thru the day today or when do they typically get shipments?
     
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. Ordering online is the only way to guarantee you get the exact phone that you want.
     
  11. Number 41 macrumors 6502a

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    There are way more people who will begrudgingly buy a Space Gray than will begrudgingly buy a gold phone.

    That's simple math on Apple's part. Sucks it didn't work out for you.
     
  12. iproductsuser macrumors 6502a

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    Wrong carrier
     
  13. applesith macrumors 68030

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    Gold is a very bold color option and Apple played it safe with not over shipping it. That makes sense.

    OP, I am sorry you feel this is unacceptable. You deserve everything you want and Apple should provide. The nerve!!!
     
  14. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    just not the time these people want since they absolutely cannot wait another week or so. :rolleyes:
     
  15. silentbob007 macrumors regular

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    I understand the snarkyness, but generally companies to try to make customers happy. It is not as if Apple is providing for free.
     
  16. marddin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the typical generic responses lol.
     
  17. apple.pseudofan macrumors regular

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    Looks like it was the wrong carrier for him.
     
  18. jordanogrady macrumors 6502

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    I seriously can't believe you went at 3am!

    I understand the excitement, but that's nuts! As with all the other people who camp out!
     
  19. iKidWare macrumors member

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    Not over shipping? Are you serious right now? Over shipping? Try NOT SHIPPING AT ALL. I myself waited 8hrs in line. Gold was 1st option, silver was 2nd. I was first in line, I left with a space grey. 0 gold and 0 silver, OP is 100% right, it is totally unacceptable...
     
  20. richpuer macrumors 6502

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    Was this at an aapl store?
     
  21. Allport1954 macrumors member

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    Yup. Pretty much the same story here, except I wanted the 32GB Gold AT&T and I settled for the Space Grey.
     
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    AT&T. It doesn't matter where it was at regardless. Licensed apple carriers, especially AT&T/Verizon/sprints should have FULL variety at launch. How can you be such a profitable company and FAIL to deliver on DAY1!!!! I can understand 10 of each color, maybe even 5 of each color, but ZERO of 2 out of the 3 colors???.....
     
  24. CrAkD macrumors 68040

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    i showed up at 745am all they had was space grey. I went with space grey even though i wanted white. it looks pretty badass. throwback to the original iphone.
     
  25. asleep macrumors 68040

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    Yes, they did.

    Creating the impression of scarcity, desirability on the feeble minded. It's smart. It'll work for ~month.
     

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