Obviously Apple is stockpiling

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by mrmike316, May 16, 2015.

  1. mrmike316 macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2009
    It has has become very apparent that Apple is stockpiling watches for the upcoming June in store purchases.. I have been lurking here from the beginning and it has become apparent from the lack of movement in the last 5 days that we are seeing a movement from preorder to in store purchase..any one else agree...
  2. KojiH macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2012
    Or at least preparing for the second wave of introductions around the world.
  3. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Yep, I agree.

    11 flights today (Sunday) and countless flights in to past few days. So in 5 days (since Tuesday) we've seen a little over 20 flights, with hardly any charges. Something is up!
  4. Mooch55, May 16, 2015
    Last edited: May 16, 2015

    Mooch55 macrumors member


    Apr 28, 2015
    You may be right, I just hope that you are not. I would be very upset if I am still waiting for a watch that I PREORDERED a month ago and somebody can just walk into a store and get one.
  5. KojiH macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2012
    If so I'm going to the store and canceling my orders!
  6. wileycoyote macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010

    Was just thinking that earlier today.
  7. makefunnyfaces macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2010
    West Virginia
    Not sure what's up, but if stores get it before mine even ships, I'll be canceling my order to buy in store. Hope this isn't the case, though.
  8. Jimmie Geddes macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    I posted this in another thread.

    As much as I don't want to believe it, I would not put it past Apple for a second that they are stockpiling for the 'real launch' in-store in June. People are walking into Apple stores every day and walking out frustrated that they can't actually buy the watch on the spot.

    I'm in the xx:16 time frame with a ship date May 13 - May 27 and think Apple will get watches to customers who preordered and got a ship date before June. They have botched this launch and will take even more slack if they start offering in store before they ship to people who ordered online.

    When the iPad mini with Retina display was released I ordered online and had a ship date after the official launch date, I was able to track one down in an Apple Store and reserve for pickup and cancelled my online order. I hope they don't go down this route while people are anxiously waiting for their order. Again, this has been the strangest launch, so at this point I wouldn't be shocked if they hit Apple retail stores in June and those customers will get the device before April 10 preorder people.
  9. ParishYoung macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2008
    Bristol, South West UK
    Perhaps the cost / bottleneck of the logistics companies are getting to Apple, and they are looking to get watches into stores, so you can pick up your pre-order quicker / easier / cheaper.
  10. roddenshaw macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    Apple has handled the whole launch very badly from the outset. I only have a watch because I was able to get one from a store. I'm happy for me, but it's ridiculous to offer stock to a handful of international stores, not offer any stock in their own stores and make everybody else wait for online orders.
  11. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Honestly I think we have all have been thinking this.

    Apple has a strategy and it's going to make them billions.

    Get "some" watches out there, get traffic in the stores, get some news coverage and wait for the pay day.

    I truly find it extremely difficult to believe that with all their power in the cheap slave labor manufacturing realm Apple even has lead times for band.

    Something doesn't add up, except their quarterly profits
  12. roddenshaw macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    This said, the bands are all to some extent unusual, and more complex than traditional watch bands. Magnetic lugs, uncommon polymers (for this market), leather with embedded magnets, etc. I acknowledge this is a pretty weak argument given that the specs were probably determined well in advance of the watch entering full production, so they could have been manufacturing and stockpiling for quite some time. Still, they may deserve a little benefit of the doubt on the bands.
  13. edlex macrumors 68000


    Apr 14, 2010
    I doubt they'll be offering all the models right off the bat, particularly the link versions. They'll probably stock the more popular models at first.
  14. irentamac macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2014
    Tempe, AZ
  15. CrackerJackToy macrumors 6502


    Nov 1, 2011
    Honestly, if this is what they're doing, I am going to be one pissed off hornet. I think its more than obvious, but after waiting 3.5 weeks (not near what some people have), this move makes me want to cancel and not even do business with them. And I LOVE Apple...or at least, used too.
  16. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    I think they're filling their original orders. The watches that ship quickly are being stockpiled. Once the slow-shipping ones get filled, they'll stockpile those.

    But, you'll have your watches by then.

    I doubt Apple is stockpiling something that hasn't even shipped to people who preordered it.

    Something that's flowed like cheap booze already (such as the 38mm BCB)? Yup. Sure, they're stochpiling those.
  17. sodaftl macrumors member


    Jan 27, 2008
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Or maybe just normal split in the supply chain fulfillment between online orders and in-stores inventory for walk-ins, prorated to some manufacturing issues that are slowly being fixed times combinations (AW + band) that all equal to difficulty to meet demand...
  18. bixizero macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2015
    Would have been nice if they put out even 20% of the orders from the first five minutes before doing this. Very frustrating.
  19. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    I'm still waiting for my 38mm Small Black Modern Buckle that I ordered at 03:04am eastern time.
  20. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I am not buying to this.

    Doubt that Apple is stockpiling the space black models as they are getting close to being beyond their delivery dates and a few weeks. The flurry of space black watches/bands shipped last week did even fill the :01 and :02 orders. I do not think they are holding these back or the people who have ordered and waited would be even MORE pi$$ed!
  21. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    I don't think they're stockpiling.

    I think it's simple production bottlenecks, due to 1) quality control using a company that usually makes laptops, 2) problems with part supply and quality, and 3) perhaps difficulty getting enough bands.

    The recent influx of 38mm space grey Sports models, also makes me think that they're doing batches of various types, partly as supplies arrive, and partly to make it easier on the factory workers.

    Whatever, it'll pass, and a year from now it'll all just be a good story to tell forum newbies :) (As in, "You obviously weren't around for the great Apple Watch pre-order debacle!")
  22. bixizero macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2015
    I don't see any other explanation, really.
  23. grenhall macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2011
    I don't think they're stockpiling anything. Sorry to say that even though Apple surely knew about shortages due to holidays in their assembly factories they might've come up shorter in supply than accounted for. That's why we are seeing these massive movements once every week instead of people getting their watches dispatched during all days during the weeks.

    I'm not sure how it is in the U.S. but in Europe the experience is that they're shipping massively during Thursdays.

    I firmly believe that the 1 month delivery will remain for second wave countries as well. At least until August or September. If they start accepting orders in June.

    The second option is of course that they really are stockpiling for release in stores and in stores for second wave countries. But all pre-orders must be fulfilled until then. Which is unlikely.

    Just my 2.
  24. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Sorry but not believing it. There could be many reason your are ignoring..

    Just plain lack of stock at time of introduction. This was quite evident when you watched orders placed only a few seconds after ordering start getting June and July delivery dates.

    I think they simply can not make them as fast as they are selling. How can they introduce these watches in the stores while many/most have a June/July delivery date.

    Do not make sense.
  25. Subdiv macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2014
    Didn't seem like cheap booze when I paid for it...


    20 flights from where to where? Remember, it's the flights from Shenzhen that count...

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