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MacRumors has received word that a number of independent Apple resellers will also be planning to carry the iPad beginning this Saturday. While there are over 150 resellers with over 300 retail locations organized under the Apple Specialist group, details on which locations will have the iPad for sale have yet to be made public.

According to the report, the resellers are subject to a nondisclosure agreement with Apple that has precluded them from advertising iPad availability or even confirming that they will carry the device.

In addition to these resellers, the iPad will be available through Apple's retail stores and approximately 675 Best Buy locations offering the "store-within-a-store" Apple Shop concept.

Article Link: Select Apple Resellers Set to Carry iPad at Launch?
 

elhungarian

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Amazon is still hiding the ipad. Try to find it lol. Poor amazon.
 
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NebulaClash

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Amazon is still hiding the ipad. Try to find it lol. Poor amazon.

Yeah, that's weird. I guess they don't have any to sell, but usually they are big sellers of Apple gear. Even when they don't have 'em to sell 'em, they have a pre-order page.
 
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Bodhi395

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Seems like anyone that doesn't have a reservation at an apple store should defintely find an apple authorized dealer near them and get there at opening on saturday. Since its being kept pretty secret, there probably won't be the type of lines you'd see at an apple store or best buy.
 
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distortedloop

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Seems like anyone that doesn't have a reservation at an apple store should defintely find an apple authorized dealer near them and get there at opening on saturday. Since its being kept pretty secret, there probably won't be the type of lines you'd see at an apple store or best buy.

Do you really think they'll be lines at Best Buy? Did that many people who want one the first day not order one for delivery or pickup at Apple already?

Granted, I didn't want to be a "first day-er" on this particular Apple product, but all the hype this week has me a bit into the iPad fever, and I was planning on swinging by the local Best Buy after the gym on Saturday morning, so maybe there are more like me than I am thinking...
 
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BigTRQ

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Apple's in business to make money. Apple not allowing an authorized reseller to state they will have the iPad is asinine. Does Apple not want money? What about folks that don't have the "beloved" Apple Store in their town?

Jobs' RDF to the max on this one.
 
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distortedloop

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Yeah, that's weird. I guess they don't have any to sell, but usually they [Amazon] are big sellers of Apple gear. Even when they don't have 'em to sell 'em, they have a pre-order page.

My original plan for the iPad was to wait and see if it had issues and stuff for a week or two, and then to buy it on Amazon if it lived up to the hype. With free shipping and Amazon's lack of sales tax in California, I'd save 10% off the price.

Great plan if you don't want to be first in line, but as mentioned in prior post, I should have known all the podcast and tech blogs would have whipped up the fanboy in me and made me want one on day one. :eek:
 
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puckb

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Do you really think they'll be lines at Best Buy? Did that many people who want one the first day not order one for delivery or pickup at Apple already?

Granted, I didn't want to be a "first day-er" on this particular Apple product, but all the hype this week has me a bit into the iPad fever, and I was planning on swinging by the local Best Buy after the gym on Saturday morning, so maybe there are more like me than I am thinking...

Unfortunately, you and I aren't the only ones who now find themselves begrudging not having preordered one. I'm definitely getting to my nearest Best Buy two hours in advance. (Though if there are more than five people there going for the 64 gig version, it looks like I'll be waiting till the 11th or 12th. D'oh.)
 
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distortedloop

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Apple's in business to make money. Apple not allowing an authorized reseller to state they will have the iPad is asinine. Does Apple not want money? What about folks that don't have the "beloved" Apple Store in their town?

Jobs' RDF to the max on this one.

Apple did just fine limiting the original iPhones to Apple and AT&T stores only, didn't they? How long was it before you could actually buy one at someplace other than those two places?

Apple's more interested in the media hype and the free publicity that lines and hordes of fanboys flocking to the limited sales locations provide than the greatest convenience for customers. All those not near an Apple Store that had to be first in line probably pre-ordered anyways; the rest, if they want one, they'll find a way. It's not like someone who wants an iPad will end up not buying it in the long run because they couldn't get it at Joes' Computer Authorized Apple Retailer on the first day of sales...
 
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Aaron416

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My school's computer store is an Apple reseller and they cleared a table off in the front of the store with a sign indicating that new products would be coming April 3. Big guess as to what it might be.
 
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rstansby

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Do you really think they'll be lines at Best Buy? Did that many people who want one the first day not order one for delivery or pickup at Apple already?

Granted, I didn't want to be a "first day-er" on this particular Apple product, but all the hype this week has me a bit into the iPad fever, and I was planning on swinging by the local Best Buy after the gym on Saturday morning, so maybe there are more like me than I am thinking...

The hype on this thing is huge, I think all of the stores will sell out very quickly on the first day.
 
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distortedloop

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My school's computer store is an Apple reseller and they cleared a table off in the front of the store with a sign indicating that new products would be coming April 3. Big guess as to what it might be.

iPad accessories...? :rolleyes:
 
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rstansby

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Apple did just fine limiting the original iPhones to Apple and AT&T stores only, didn't they? How long was it before you could actually buy one at someplace other than those two places?

Apple's more interested in the media hype and the free publicity that lines and hordes of fanboys flocking to the limited sales locations provide than the greatest convenience for customers. All those not near an Apple Store that had to be first in line probably pre-ordered anyways; the rest, if they want one, they'll find a way. It's not like someone who wants an iPad will end up not buying it in the long run because they couldn't get it at Joes' Computer Authorized Apple Retailer on the first day of sales...

It's not weird that some Apple resellers won't have the iPad. It is weird that the ones that do won't be allowed to advertise that fact (assuming this report is true).
 
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distortedloop

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It's not weird that some Apple resellers won't have the iPad. It is weird that the ones that do won't be allowed to advertise that fact (assuming this report is true).

Ah yes, but of course, until we actually see places that couldn't advertise it carry it, we won't know if the story is true (obviously).

Along the hype-machine lines, though, if the story is partially true, I could imagine a scenario where they weren't allowed to advertise it until today or tomorrow. Similar to how reviewers who've had the thing for a while couldn't release their reviews until after 5:00 PM last night.

We'll see come Saturday. There's a reason this story is on Page 2 and not the front.
 
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DiscoveryZone

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PeachMac locations will have the iPad on Saturday.

PeachMac Blog


This is indeed correct. I'm planning on being number one on Saturday at the Macon store.

For anyone interested, the process for getting the iPad was entirely different through Peachmac. You signed a roster sheet (I did two days after the keynote and even I was number 19). Initially there was to be a 200$ deposit, but that got axed. My local store WILL have units for display upon opening on saturday, but the arrival of the stock is unknown for now (whatever, I can play around on Logic till it comes :D). I'm super, super excited about this device.

Happy 34 Apple..

http://peachmac.com
 
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erzeszut

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I spoke with a local Apple Authorized Reseller about this a month ago. At that time, he told me they hadn't yet received final authorization to sell the iPad.

He also told me that he believed Resellers would only have access to the Wifi-only models; that AT&T restrictions required the 3G models to be sold at Apple, AT&T, or Best Buy stores.
 
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WLS

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Yeah, that's weird. I guess they don't have any to sell, but usually they are big sellers of Apple gear. Even when they don't have 'em to sell 'em, they have a pre-order page.

Well if they were told to keep quiet about it you probably won't see anything until Saturday. That is when we will know. I personally would prefer to buy from Amazon since besides the free shipping there won't be any sales tax which will amount to around $50. It sounds like just being cheap but I am a solid customer of theirs and $50 is $50
 
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NebulaClash

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That's a good point. Let's wait until Saturday and see if Amazon shows iPad availability then.
 
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ValSalva

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Apple clearly wants to be the one spreading the official message early in the iPad launch. At such point they feel that the public and their partners 'get it' the floodgates will open and the iPad will be available seemingly everywhere.

Apple is all about control. This is entirely predictable and they have the luxury of being able to do business this way.
 
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deconstruct60

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It is weird that the ones that do won't be allowed to advertise that fact (assuming this report is true).

Not really if a couple of other factors are true.

1. Those retailers are likely going to get a relatively small supply in the first couple of days. Perhaps some will only get demo units. Or a small amount, so that shortages are almost instantaneous. In that context, advertising only makes the situation worse.

Likewise if retailers know they will get some later in the month, don't really want them advertising about having iPads available with caveat that will be available later in the month. This first weekend folks will be bouncing off the walls just to find one. No sense in adding fuel to the fire. If the iPad is somewhat hard to find later on, a later announcement will still draw folks to their door/website.


2. This practically assures that any mob of folks who haven't preordered will mostly line up outside of Apple stores. That will be great for the local news stations to take pictures of and deliver free advertising for Apple. In locations where Apple stores are not prevalent the local news crew will go to a Best Buy (or local vendor that is a store gap filler) . As long as the targets for the mobs to go on the first day is limited, they will likely go and gather in numbers that makes for voyeuristic interesting video.

3. Apple makes more profit when they sell iPads themselves. Stores make some money selling iPads. They aren't selling them "at cost" so they can make nothing. So when Apple Store (online/physical) Apple gets to keep that profit, also. This tactic makes sure that Apple maximizes their profit on April 3rd. Other retailers just have to accept getting screwed one weekend so that can get profits later on.


4. If there are any launch glitches Apple only has a relatively small number of vendors to coordinate will. ( Anyone remember the 3G , mobile me , OS 2 upgrade debacle ? ). Keeping things simpler at first typically works better. They can add additional logistics headaches after this weekend.



The number of users who want one will not be exhausted on the first weekend; it is a reasonable trade off. The vast majority of this year's, US sold iPads are going to be sold between the end of April and Christmas. The frenzy of this weekend is a temporary blimp if look in a long term perspective.

If you are a retailer who competes against Apple and its stores .... gotta to expect you are going to get screwed from time to time. When your are remora swimming with the shark ... have to stay out of being in front of its mouth least you get eaten too.
 
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FWW

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Just spoke to one of the authorized retailers here in Anchorage, and he said he KNEW he wouldn't have accessories on launch day, but he wouldn't say one way or the other about having actual units...
 
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NebulaClash

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I hope that we dont have to wait until the end of the quarter to learn of their total sales.

I guess they'll put out a press release when they hit a million sales. How soon will that be? As soon as they can manufacture and ship a million units.
 
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