Massive Stainless Steel Unavailability

vmflapem

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I agree. It's ridiculous. I wrote a macro script to check stock for sbss in Ontario constantly (i run it 24/7) and it doesn't look like they're restocking these. It became available at Eaton Centre (Toronto) for a few minutes just an hr ago and then all gone.
 

MartyCan

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I’m not seeing any Aluminium availablitiy either.

Pretty sure they are directing most of their production to satisfy pre-orders but letting a few per day out to their stores to keep traffic walking in.
 

Lobwedgephil

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Is Apple even churning these out? Nothing seems to be popping out for in-store pickups (even using iStock), at least here in North America.
Have you checked in store? They don't list online unless they reach a certain quantity, but stores will still have stock.
 

donster28

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I agree...aluminums are hard to find too! If this keeps up, I'm getting an aluminum, if I can even find one LOL!
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Have you checked in store? They don't list online unless they reach a certain quantity, but stores will still have stock.
I did yesterday and iStock information pretty much matches what the stores have. Been to 3 stores just to test iStock reliability.
 
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Lobwedgephil

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I agree...aluminums are hard to find too! If this keeps up, I'm getting an aluminum, if I can even find one LOL!
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I did yesterday and iStock information pretty much matches what the stores have. Been to 3 yesterday just to test iStock reliability.
Cool, just giving an option as my store yesterday had stock of all of them, but none listed online. Maybe they had just got a shipment. Picked one up for my wife.
 
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jwzimm

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Apple updates the store inventory every day at 8am local time. I was able to secure my 40mm SBSS by checking for inventory right at 8am on Sunday and nabbed the watch. I did have to drive from Seattle to Portland and back in order to pick it up though (6.5 hour round trip). I saved on the sales tax though. :)

I did note that iStock lagged a little compared to checking the Apple website like a freak. I saw inventory of the 44mm's show up right at 8am but iStock did not send me a notification until 30 minutes later at which point they were gone. Not the worst thing though as I did not want a 44mm anyway.
 

donster28

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Apple updates the store inventory every day at 8am local time. I was able to secure my 40mm SBSS by checking for inventory right at 8am on Sunday and nabbed the watch. I did have to drive from Seattle to Portland and back in order to pick it up though (6.5 hour round trip). I saved on the sales tax though. :)

I did note that iStock lagged a little compared to checking the Apple website like a freak. I saw inventory of the 44mm's show up right at 8am but iStock did not send me a notification until 30 minutes later at which point they were gone. Not the worst thing though as I did not want a 44mm anyway.
Yup, been up at 6am, then 7am, then 8am onwards...no updates whatsoever. I have iStock on screen all the time besides the alerts sent and indeed, the alerts are a little delayed.
 

jwzimm

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Yup, been up at 6am, then 7am, then 8am onwards...no updates whatsoever. I have iStock on screen all the time besides the alerts sent and indeed, the alerts are a little delayed.
You are checking at the Apple Site, right? Not iStock? iStock is an aggregator so there will always be a delay relative to the Apple website or App. My local stores (4 total) have been pretty stock constrained though so you may just need to get lucky to snag it. I have a feeling that the inventory constraints will lessen over this week and we will start seeing wider availability next week.
 

donster28

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You are checking at the Apple Site, right? Not iStock? iStock is an aggregator so there will always be a delay relative to the Apple website or App. My local stores (4 total) have been pretty stock constrained though so you may just need to get lucky to snag it. I have a feeling that the inventory constraints will lessen over this week and we will start seeing wider availability next week.
Checking on both, including the Apple Store online. Believe me, I'm glued to multiple tabs on my MBP.

Hoping for better later this week...fingers crossed.
 

donster28

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looks like all the hermes SS configurations are available at Caesar's palace! lol!
They have a ton of the Hermes here too but nobody is buying LOL! I wonder why...hmm....

I was at the Yorkdale store here in Toronto and asked the employee taking people in and I swear, he looked at me from head to toe and started making faces after saying only the Hermes ones are available, as if he thinks I cannot afford them. He even concluded that they are available if I'm willing to pay that much!!....I mean, if I was not in a good mood yesterday, I would have reported him.
 
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bcollett

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I was able to pick up a Silver 44mm SS w/Sport Band from the Apple Store in Nebraska on launch day. They didn't list any stock online and I stopped just to check around 5pm and they had plenty - even asked me if I wanted more lol.
 
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democracyrules

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Is Apple even churning these out? Nothing seems to be popping out for in-store pickups (even using iStock), at least here in North America.
Actually, not that bad. I got my 44mm gold SS on Saturday at my local apple store. Keep checking iStockNow and you will find it eventually.
 
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DDustiNN

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Is Apple even churning these out? Nothing seems to be popping out for in-store pickups (even using iStock), at least here in North America.
Go to the store anyway. That’s how I got mine on Saturday. Apple and istocknow were both showing nothing, yet they had them in-store for walk-ins.
 

JT2002TJ

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I pre-ordered a GSS 44mm with Stone band. It came yesterday (9/24). I took a shot in the dark and opened up the apple store app on Saturday (9/22) and was able to buy the GSS 44 with stone band for pick up at my local Apple Store. I went in and bought it. When my pre-order came in yesterday, I picked it up at UPS and took it right to the Apple store and returned it (unopened), hopefully that was made available to a needing local customer (I'll bet an employee took it if it didn't have to go back to Apple).

They are out there. I'm in Long Island, NY.
 

fanta88

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right! I love the look of the bands... but the prices are RIDICULOUS!
There are a ton of Hermes at the stores near me as well.

While I think the prices are partly a reason why, I also suspect Apple is purposely stocking the Hermes models to tempt those looking for a SS, which are severely stock constrained. Until I lucked out on a SS 40, I was considering picking up one of the Hermes single tours.
 

will.s87

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I preordered a stainless steel gold 44mm from Verizon pretty late. I believe it was on the 18th. Was quoted 11/7 as the ship by date. Looks like I will be receiving it this Thursday.
 
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Vanilla35

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They definitely have SS in stock at stores, regardless of what iStock says. Although when I looked at iStock a few days ago it did indeed say they had several SS available in various stores nearby. No SB though, from what I could note.
 
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