Samsung vs. Apple Approach to Pre-Orders

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by kilcher, Sep 20, 2017.

  1. kilcher macrumors 65816

    kilcher

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    Haven't really seen this discussed and thought it might be interesting to bring up. What do you all think about Samsung's approach to pre-orders this time around - ship them out as they become available even if they arrive before the official launch date vs. Apple's approach to pre-orders - which in some cases involves holding phones in the next town over for several days waiting for launch date.

    I know Apple has always held firm to their launch dates, not sure about Samsung in the past. Just wondered what you think these two different approaches might say about these companies, if anything.

    I've only ever owned iPhones but I must say I appreciate Samsung's willingness to get their phones out to consumers as they become available vs. making consumers wait for no real reason at all.
     
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

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    I guess I really don't care one way or another. They're both better than Google's "Never have any in stock" model
     
  3. Zenithal macrumors 604

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    Doesn't matter to me. I never pre-order anything. I'd rather have other people be guinea pigs with their shiny new device and not me.
     
  4. kdarling, Sep 24, 2017
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    kdarling macrumors P6

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    Apple's a control freak. They like to be in charge of the narrative and timing. That's why they try to keep things secret, and why they reward and punish reviewers.

    As for getting phones out to customers, they like to keep tight timing on initial sales so they can have more impressive PR releases ("X million sold in first three days!", etc).

    It's just their style. Something else in their DNA because of Jobs.
     
  5. BayouTiger macrumors 6502

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    Apple's model is the standard for many industries. The entertainment industry is an even bigger example. New products are doled out to try to peak interest. In the days of Movie Rentals, stores usually had next Tuesday's releases in the store days before they could rent or sell them.

    In the tech world it's more critical as they have to gear up support and plan for additional staff on release.
     
  6. Tech198 macrumors G5

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    I dunno if Samsung had just a bad a job at getting things out on time, or weather that is just an Apple thing. I know they all would , but I at Apple at being the worst,a as their have always been delays every model at of late.
     

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