Walk into an Apple store to buy iphone?

jamezr

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So just curious. I see all the threads about ordering from all the carrier stores like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile or from Apple.com and BestBuy.com.

But is anyone still just walking into an Apple store and getting an iPhone?
 

T5BRICK

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Yeah, just not in the states where it isn't allowed. Apple stores in Oregon, for example, don't allow walk ins.
 
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john g.

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Not an Apple store, but to my surprise I walked into my local Verizon [Missoula, MT] and purchased a 64GB space gray 6S.
The employee said they had about 30 of them.
 

321estrellas

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I think my Apple store in Vancouver, Canada allows walk-ins, but while the 6s/6s plus is still new, all stores and carrier stores are out of stock. Especially if you're committed to a specific colour and capacity, then it'll be even harder to find that particular one.

If you want an older model like 5s, 6, or 6plus, I'm sure they have plenty of stock.

Best to call the store and see if they allow walk-ins.

Pasted from a Macrumors article: "iPhone is available by reservation only in China, Hong Kong, Japan and US stores in tax-free states. The four U.S. states with Apple retail stores that are affected by this policy include Oregon, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Alaska."
 
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jamezr

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I think my Apple store in Vancouver, Canada allows walk-ins, but while the 6s/6s plus is still new, all stores and carrier stores are out of stock. Especially if you're committed to a specific colour and capacity, then it'll be even harder to find that particular one.

If you want an older model like 5s, 6, or 6plus, I'm sure they have plenty of stock.

Best to call the store and see if they allow walk-ins.

Pasted from a Macrumors article: "iPhone is available by reservation only in China, Hong Kong, Japan and US stores in tax-free states. The four U.S. states with Apple retail stores that are affected by this policy include Oregon, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Alaska."
I never knew there were stores where you could not just walk into it and buy products.
 
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docal97

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It's probably easier to just go online and look to reserve one for in-store pickup. I suppose if you got lucky and walked in and they had the model you want they would sell it to you, but stock is usually sparse in the first 2 moths or so after a launch.
 

BeeGood

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I never knew there were stores where you could not just walk into it and buy products.
This is a new thing that Apple Stores are doing. It's probably a good idea. In the past, you'd have to keep checking your local store for phones. Now it's simple...get an appointment, get a phone. No appointment, no phone for you.
 
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Mr Kram

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had a genius appointment yesterday. i happened to ask about their stock. they had a bunch of ATT phones in different configurations available.
 

jamezr

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had a genius appointment yesterday. i happened to ask about their stock. they had a bunch of ATT phones in different configurations available.
Yeah...I wonder if they reserve some phones for just the iPhone Upgrade program and some for walkin customers.
 

tuffigirl

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I found the 64gb Rose Gold 6 plus on Oct.1 by checking Apple online every day twice a day. Had 3 stores to chose from and found it in Townson, MD, a 45 minute drive for me (I'm in York, PA). Reserved it at 2pm and had it in my hands by 5:30. I ordered the T-Mobile since it was the only one but I knew it would be unlocked... turns out I got a global version which made me even happier. When I was standing there finishing up a girl came in and asked the girl checking me out if there were anymore... she said no, pointed to me and said I had gotten the last one. I'd check Apple's site every day more than once a day cause different stores get different delivery times.
 

mrex

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So just curious. I see all the threads about ordering from all the carrier stores like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile or from Apple.com and BestBuy.com.

But is anyone still just walking into an Apple store and getting an iPhone?
it would be a long trip for me... i think the nearest apple store is in sweden , stockholm.
 

steveh552

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While I was at the local Apple store getting mine, we were near the door and several people walked in asking of they had the iPhone XXXX and the girl would look and if so, she would make them an appointment.

Now having said that, two days prior I tried to get one and the girl said they had one in stock for what I wanted, I said i would take it, a few minutes later they told her that the only one they had was reserved and she apologized.

I am mixed on this whole reservation system, I am glad i was able to get mine and I got the last one in my configuration but yet I still like the idea of first come first serve.
 

paulie6978

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I reserved online yesterday in NJ and walked right in to have my 6S Space Grey 64 GB waiting for me. Was surprised about how easy it was.

The Genius told me they are getting shipments everyday they but just don't know whats being delivered until they open the boxes.
 

alent1234

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Is it just me or is the 6s plus WAY more in demand now than the 6 plus was back then?

not really, just how much apple is making. they know how much they will sell and produce at a constant rate instead of filling all orders the first week

bought a 6 for my wife last year and both models were very hard to find into december and maybe even january.
 

Sketchr

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Is it just me or is the 6s plus WAY more in demand now than the 6 plus was back then?
It's not just you, it's way more in demand. And there are no threads mocking the "large" size like there was last year. Instead there are threads mocking the Rose Gold.

This too shall pass.
 

Fhaoilgeal

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I walked into the AT&T store in my area (Cedar Hill TX) to just check out the new phones and picked up a 6S SG 128GB with out a problem. The associate did say they were out of 6S 16GB's, but everything else was available. Yesterday visiting friends in Austin TX, we went to the Apple store in the Dominion after dinner and one of them purchased a 6S SG 128GB as well. Both instances were 'just walk-ins'.
 

convergent

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It was the same thing last year. They do not make as many 6s+ as they do 6s, and they seem to always under estimate the demand for the plus.
Well, I think its also that the demand is higher. A lot of people that thought it was too big when the 6 came out, now having the 6 for a year, are probably looking at it is an incremental step up. I kind of did that in a way. I would never have considered a Plus, and thought the 6 was even too big. I spent 6 months on a detour with a Galaxy s5, and came back and got a 6s Plus.

I used that site to check store inventory, then made a reservation for the one I wanted. I then drove to the store an hour later and walked out with the phone in about 5 minutes. I think stores don't want people just walking in during the launch because its so chaotic. The reservation thing works really well.
 
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