Take that scalpers!

macguy360

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Looks like Apple made way more iPads than there is demand for them. All the people who purchased extras wanting to make a profit are going to be out of luck.

I'm glad to see that Apple went this route to stop scalping this time around. The only way I see people making a profit are exporting their iPad overseas to countries which do not have the iPad yet or are very limited.
 

Bozley0621

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Mar 25, 2009
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I walked into the Apple store at 8:30 and had no problems walking out with an iPad of my choice. There were 4 people in front of me all from the same family purchasing 2 a piece. I think they were perturbed when they found out that a limit of 2 a piece also means a limit of 2 per credit card. I was wondering what their plans were for the extras. I'm thinking either ebay, Craigslist, or possibly sending to family members in their home country. I couldn't discern their original country of origin.
 

homeboy

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Yupp. The market for scalpers isn't looking bright. It seems like Apple have made enough to go around, whether you pre-ordered or prefer walking into a store to pick one up.


Great logistics by Tim Cook.
 

Colgin

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Nov 17, 2010
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Kudos to Apple. I had no trouble buying two Ipads this morning, although I had to make a second trip to Best Buy as Radio Shack did not have 64G Ipads.
 

RelentlessFruit

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Mar 9, 2012
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It's way to early to call it IMHO.

Apple have definitely done a much better job this time around but I wouldn't say stock is exactly plentiful (in the UK at least).

I also think that this upgrade is one a lot of people aren't going to want until they actually SEE how good the new screen is. Remember what it was like seeing an iPhone 4 for the first time and then going back to a 3G?

The upgrade to the techies on here makes a load of sense, and we'd be classed as early adopters for sure, but it's going to take a while for joe public to cotton on.

Lets see how the stocks are looking come Monday next week - if there are no shortages by then I reckon Apple have nailed it :D
 

joderme

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Jun 21, 2010
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I wouldnt speak too soon. iPads and iPhone 4S's were available throughout the weekend after they went on sale and then were sold out for 2-3 weeks at a time. Love that I was able to get one on launch day with little problem but that doesn't mean there won't be shortages for those who wait.
 

1080p

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I dunno... if Apple doesn't have a "shortage" this time around, it may hurt sales. I think many sales come from people who just want to buy "the hot item"... if it isn't selling out, people may dismiss it as being a coveted item to have. Sad but true reality.
 

iSayuSay

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Feb 6, 2011
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Maybe this time Apple provide more supply to meet demands

Or maybe the new iPad demand simply not as high as iPhone. Sure Apple sold out preorder stocks, but you can also see that less people lining up in front of Apple Store. Not as much and crazily as iPhone launch week would.

Many people also claim that less enthusiasm here could be caused by people get smarter and oredering online instead lining up. I dont know, we'll see next quarter report, I'd say iPad sales number would still be behind iPhone. There simply no as much demand, therefore less scalping.

But no proof yet, we'll just see the figures later.
 

Ecoh

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I think maybe the pre-order ability has also made a difference. Pre-order with only 2 per credit card is a great idea.

The average person that does not have the time or ability to stand in line for several hours was able to order for launch day delivery. A scalper who can put 50 people in line with cash everyday to buy up all the available iPads won't be keeping them out of the hands of customers buying for their own use.

Last year a lot of iPads in the first month went into the hands of scalper. It was very hard to just walk into a store to buy one unless you camped out overnight to be in line in front of the scalpers.
 

Markiie

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Oct 10, 2011
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Looks like Apple made way more iPads than there is demand for them. All the people who purchased extras wanting to make a profit are going to be out of luck.

I'm glad to see that Apple went this route to stop scalping this time around. The only way I see people making a profit are exporting their iPad overseas to countries which do not have the iPad yet or are very limited.
Wayyyy to early. Come back in 2 weeks and let's see.
 

hismikeness

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Jun 2, 2009
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The Apply Store I went to had about 200 people in line at 5am. I bolted. Went to Target which opened at 8. The gal greeted us at 7:55, said they had 5 16gb white and 5 64 gb white, and would sell only 1 per person. There was 4 of us in line. 2 left when she said they were all wifi, and said they were going to the aforementioned Apple Store (good luck) and the other guy left because he wanted a 32. I bought a 16 for my wife.

Traveled 20 miles down the highway back towards home, stopped at the next Target. No Apple Store in this town. The guy said there was no line at all. They had white 16 and white 64 and black ATT 32. I got a white 64 and split.

Setting them up now.
 

MartyXB

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I wouldnt speak too soon. iPads and iPhone 4S's were available throughout the weekend after they went on sale and then were sold out for 2-3 weeks at a time. Love that I was able to get one on launch day with little problem but that doesn't mean there won't be shortages for those who wait.
that is true. I pre-ordered my 4S and after I got mine (5 of them) a short while later my daughter got hers stolen. It took a while until I was able to get another. I guess not everyone can take off from work to stand on line to get one. I would wait until the weekend is over before drawing any conclusions as to pent up demand.
 

BFizzzle

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I dunno... if Apple doesn't have a "shortage" this time around, it may hurt sales. I think many sales come from people who just want to buy "the hot item"... if it isn't selling out, people may dismiss it as being a coveted item to have. Sad but true reality.
not really. it is already the hot new item regardless of it selling out..