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Went into an Apple Store to play with an iPad yesterday, and was surprised to find out that the store had received no stock since last Monday; the sales guy suggested ordering online was the only way.

Has anybody else had this experience? It sounds more ominous than excessive demand-- supply chain issues?
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Went into an Apple Store to play with an iPad yesterday, and was surprised to find out that the store had received no stock since last Monday; the sales guy suggested ordering online was the only way.

Has anybody else had this experience? It sounds more ominous than excessive demand-- supply chain issues?

Probably a bit of suppy chain and excessive demand. I'm not sure Apple really had forcased selling a half million of the wifi units alone. They'll probably sell as many 3G units so they're cranking to get these things built and shipped.

It's actually a nice place to be in. Everyone is talking about Tablets (MS, HP, Android etc) but no one is delivering hundreds of thousands like Apple is.
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post #3 of 7
The currently advertised shipping time at the Apple online store is 5-7 days.
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I appreciate there there is the potential that it is a 3G build-up, but it would seem that Apple has limited all deliveries to an estimated 10-20k units via UPS each day, if thy can't re-stock their stores. They should be building at a rate closer to 30-40k per month. Either it is very strong 3g pre-orders, or a major problem. Since a ship date for the 3g hasn't been announced still, I am worried that it is the latter.
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Matching supply with demand is no small feat, especially with a new product. I would not worry about any major problems.
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TV is a very popular. I heard that 500$ dollars television in the United States will sell 900$ dollars in China. If you have a lot of inventory, you are soon to become rich
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The supply is really predicated on the location. Stores in the major citys typically get replenished first because they sell out first.
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