Stock Levels

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by matt_c, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. matt_c macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2018
    I am in the market for a new computer; I was hoping to be bale to pick one up in store today but it seems if you try anything except a base configuration for any computer (mini, pro, all MacBook types) they are not available for at least a week and sometimes 2 (for in store pickup or for shipping). I tried searching for pickup locations all over the country and get the same results.

    Anyone have any ideas why? Is this possibly just a glitch that will be resolved?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It has always been like that for custom order Macs. Anything but a standard configuration has to be custom made and sent to you or the store.

    The only exception is I have seen some "maxed out" MacBook Pros are stocked by some stores.
  3. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    It's no glitch, it's normal Apple policy.

    When you order a Mac other than the normal stocked machines, it has to be customized by Apple and then shipped either to you or to a local Apple Store for personal pickup. Certain Apple Stores do keep a wider variety of configurations on hand but those stores are usually located in very large market areas such as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc.

    When I purchased my new iMac it had to be shipped to me direct from Apple since I did not want the stock machine they offered in my local Apple Store.
  4. dhershberger, Apr 21, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2018

    dhershberger macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2018
    I read in these forums once that the stores often carry a maxed-out version of the computers, even though they don't show as in stock. So last year when I purchased my maxed-out 13" MBP w/ Touch Bar I simply stopped into a store, asked for what I wanted, and they had it in stock. They may carry configurations other than base and max. I recommend that you stop in and ask if the store is not too far away.
  5. Nbd1790 macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2017
    New York
    Apple stores don't typically stock all configurations - normally just the most popular builds (cheapest and some sort of mid level config)

    The only two stores I know of that stock practically EVERY possible Apple configuration are B&H and Adorama - which you can order and have it ship the next day (much faster than ordering from Apple themselves for some reason)

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