Will Apple Stores ever carry CTO 2018 minis?

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  1. pinkoos macrumors 6502a

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    Does anybody know based on past experience if B&M Apple Stores ever carry CTO products as part of their regular stock, or do they only carry the standard base models for each configuration?

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  3. pl1984 Suspended

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    IME Apple has only offered the standard configurations at their B&M stores. Anything that's not a standard configuration was likely a special order that was refused / returned.
     
  4. pinkoos thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe that's what I remember seeing from time to time, must have been a return or refused shipment
     
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    I followed what was in stock at the 11 NY Apple stores for about two weeks. None of them seemed to have anything other than the two base models.

    I must say, I'm surprised that none of them stocked some version of the i7. I would have been happy to buy an i7 off the shelf, and I doubt that I'm alone in that. Also, some of the NY stores appear to do a substantial amount of international business.

    Locally, B&H has had several variations of the Mac mini for a couple of weeks.
     
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    They usually don’t. That’s why they are CTO.
     
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    There are stores stocking a specific non-base MacBook Pro (i9/1TB/Vega/16GB I think) so I guess it is possible if they see a particular BTO option selling in volume that they will start to put it in stores.
     
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    I'd like to know what the marketing thinking was behind not offering an i7 as a base model available in stores. My gut feeling is that it would have been 16GB RAM with either 256GB or 512GB flash.

    Price for i3 Base Model: $800
    Price for i5 Base Model: $1100
    Price for i7 with 16GB RAM & 256GB Flash: $1300
    Price for i7 with 16GB RAM & with 512GB Flash: $1500
     
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    The i7 is a CTO model. Apple doesn't stock CTO models in their stores, only the base configurations.
     
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    Maybe read my post again and note the phrase "base model"?
     
  11. pl1984 Suspended

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    It was noted the first time around, not sure what point it is you're trying to make here.
     
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    It's a question, not a point. The hint is in the first four words: "I'd like to know..." Indeed, it's a quite clear question. If you don't like the question, don't trouble yourself with it.
     
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    And my response was an answer:

    The i7 is a CTO model. Apple doesn't stock CTO models in their stores, only the base configurations.

    That's the answer.
     
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    So let me get this straight...

    The quesition is, what is the marketing thinking behind why the i7 is not offered as a base configuration and made available in stores?

    And your answer is, because the i7 it isn't a base configuration.

    Okey Dokey.

    Putting the most charitable spin that I can on your posts, have you been spending a lot of time watching Abbott and Costello's Who's on First?
     
  15. pl1984 Suspended

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    That's not the question you asked and to which I responded to. That question was:

    I'd like to know what the marketing thinking was behind not offering an i7 as a base model available in stores.​

    What you initially asked and what is highlighted above are not the same question. Perhaps the above highlighted question is what you intended to ask but it's not the question you initially asked.
     
  16. F-Train macrumors 65816

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    I just looked at another current thread in which you are "participating'". I'm ending this discussion right here.
     
  17. pl1984 Suspended

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    Good idea of you to stop digging that hole you found yourself in.
     
  18. Cashmonee macrumors 65816

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    I imagine the take rate on i7 is pretty low. I believe only the 15" MacBook Pro offers an i7 without BTO, and to be fair the i9 is option. The store SKUs are ones they know will sell. The BTO's are lower volume that they don't want to be stuck with stock.
     
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    You are probably correct, which leads to the conclusion that I, as someone who considers i7 to be more or less the desirable norm for a CPU, am a bit out of touch with the real world.
     

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