MBA - sold out?

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  1. macanudo macrumors regular

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    So ArsTechnica did a story on the availability of the MBA:

    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/pos...utter-demand-stays-strong-sold-out-often.html

    I was at the Apple Store in DE yesterday and they didn't have any to replace my "defective" MBA (bluetooth problem). But I was lucky enough to go to another store in PA to pick up my 1.6/80 replacement.

    Do you guys think that the MBA is selling extraordinarily well or that Apple didn't anticipate the level of demand?
     
  2. .mark. macrumors 6502

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    not sure which one but i'm having a lot of trouble getting one in london. i'm guessing its selling very well - there's always lots of people gathered round the display models so this indicates there's a lot of interest (or is it just people looking at the cool laptop that fits in an envelope??).

    either way I hope they get some in regent street soon.
     
  3. martin1000 macrumors 6502

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    I was in an Apple store right outside of Washington DC last weekend, and the guy at the store said that they have been selling big time. He told me that they are selling out within a day or two each time they get a delivery.
     
  4. twynne macrumors 6502a

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    I must have got lucky with Regent St. On the day I decided to go for it I came into the office as normal and phoned when they opened. They said that had 'more than 10' but didn't expect them to last the day. I couldn't leave until lunchtime, at which point I phoned again and was told they had 'about half a dozen'. At which point I ran for the train and worried all the way there.

    When I arrived I collared the first employee I could find and was told, 'Sorry, we have none in stock.' Holding off the disappointment I insisted that I'd been told twice that there were some in stock, and ended up joining the queue to wait (all the while fearing they'd sell the last one as I was standing there!)

    They seem to have some sort of in-store reservation system where a member of staff must first go and reserve your MBA, which then prints a barcode, which they then scan into a till.

    I'd try phoning them each morning. They won't hold one even for a bribe, but you might have a chance of catching the incoming stock.
     
  5. Lord Sam macrumors regular

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    Same here. If not, I can always order online. But there is nothing like walking down oxford street watching people turn green with envy as they see the box you are carrying.
     
  6. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    I don't think you can really infer anything from it being out of stock, sales could be really good, or Apple could have issued a very conservative initial run to drum up hype. Who knows?
     
  7. twynne macrumors 6502a

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    Lol - I hid mine inside my rucksack for fear of a grab and run... you'd never catch them on Oxford St! Oh - and yes, the *entire* box fit inside my bag. :D
     
  8. Mikebuzzsaw macrumors 6502

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    Most of the BIG stores have a lot in my area. The rural stores are sold out.
     
  9. chachat macrumors newbie

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    After some internal debate, I opted to purchase the MBA 1.8/80 this past weekend from the online education store. Now of course, I am wondering on its' arrival. Has anyone have recent experience with shipping times following online orders from Apple???
    Just thought that I would inquire...



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  10. Blaine macrumors 6502a

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    I ordered the 1.6/80 from Amazon and it shows it will ship around the 18th.
     
  11. r0k macrumors 68040

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    The Apple store in my area probably has them. I didn't ask. There are 8 of them on the table in the front of the store. I was by there the other day and they were being largely ignored, perhaps they are not in stock. Then again, it was the first day the Penryn Macbooks were out so people (including me) were there to check those out.
     
  12. jimmy0010 macrumors newbie

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    It's a nightmare trying to track one down in the UK, the MBA stock-checker on apple.com has been showing all stores in the UK as out of stock since saturday...
     
  13. Catch macrumors 6502

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    That tracker is a joke. It showed no availability for Brent Cross yesterday, but when I called up they had one 1.8 in stock. I drove over there and bought it. We are having a very hard time finding stock to replace our laptops in the business. So far we have managed to get 2 SSD and 2 HDD versions by going in early to Regent Street and yesterday driving to Brent Cross...

    I have another SSD on order but its not due out until March 18th! Its odd how hard they are to get hold of...

    Regards,

    C
     
  14. StayWhatYouAre macrumors newbie

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    Milton Keynes UK

    I bought a 1.6 at the new apple store in midsumer place, milton keynes on sunday, seems they had plenty :)

    nice store too.

    :)
     
  15. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    While waiting to pick up my iMac from being repaired, I caved to temptation and asked a rep to bring me one to buy. They were sold out. Good thing as I hardly need one. :D
     
  16. .mark. macrumors 6502

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    managed to get an air today at regent street - they got a big order in this morning. First post from it!!
     
  17. twynne macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats! Sure you're going to love it!! :D
     
  18. digitalfrog macrumors regular

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    Does anyone knows the average time to switch from 'prepared for shipment' and 'shipped' for a MBA bought online with Apple ?
     
  19. chachat macrumors newbie

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    I have not yet achieved "prepared for shipment" status. Which model did you order and how long did it take to be "prepared for shipment"? I am contemplating canceling my order and venturing to the local Apple store, upgrading to the 64 SSD over the 1.8/80 I originally ordered. Inpatient, probably, however my Powerbook 667 is aging before my eyes.
     
  20. digitalfrog macrumors regular

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    Mar 4, 2008 at 07:21 AM PST - Order number XXXX
    View order details
    Prepared for Shipment
    Product Qty.
    MACBOOK AIR 13/1.6/2GB/80GB-USA
    Ships by: Mar 11 - Mar 13 I feel it will be faster, as it's already prepared for shipment
    Delivers by: Mar 13 - Mar 19
     
  21. Pine-Tree macrumors member

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    I've been wanting to buy an Air but there's none in stock where I live. I found out that a Best Buy like 50 miles out had a few in stock so I drove their last night and got one right before they closed. Apple guy told me he hasn't put them up on display otherwise they would have been gone by the time I drove there.

    First post from my Air and coming from a blackbook I'm satisfied so far!!:D
     
  22. nintendude macrumors 6502

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    For those who want to buy:
    BUY ONLINE (i prefer amazon or apple)

    For those wondering why its sold out:
    1) Apple looked deep down in there hearts and decided to ship internet orderers first or:

    2)They can't make enough or:

    3)Apple is trying to make people think its selling well or:

    4)Apple decided to spend its money on building a robot army
     
  23. jaybrad macrumors member

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    Shipped within 4 days

    Ordered mine late Sunday, Mar. 2 and shipped out from Shangai, China March 6. Delivery Mon. Mar. 10.

    They seem to be shipping before the 5 - 7 days that Apple states.
    Can't wait!:D
     
  24. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I'm still thinking about the mba 1.8/ssd model.
     
  25. Blaine macrumors 6502a

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    My purchase of the 1.6/80 on Amazon.com 2-29-08 shipped out today ;)
     

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