Originally Posted by Sue Denim
a) they could just tell the lines that are waiting how many machines they have for sale that day and what variants. (they do this right before they open the door -- after people have waited all night).
In most areas folks aren't waiting all night. Only places like NYC, which really should make them leave. THat has to be a public nuisance. Then again they aren't actually on Apple property so its the NYPD that needs to send folks home.
And many if not most stores are telling folks which ones they have. Even issuing tickets that morning. It's what they are supposed to be doing in fact.
b) they could offer security so that they could let the waiters in the mall, instead of outside.
Not their call. That decision is the mall's and if the mall says no, Apple has to follow.
c) they could open the store when they get the delivery and not wait until the exact preset time
they don't get deliveries at exactly the same time every day. This is to prevent thefts because folks know the truck is going to pull up at X time. Also in some cases, the mall or local area has limits on how early they can open.
d) they could reinstate the lame inventory system they had for the iPhone 3G that showed which stores had inventory
e) they could improve it so it told number of units (they have that in their inventory systems)
f) the vouchers would work fine: you just take their ID information when you give them so they can't sell them
See my previous comments as to why these are all a huge NOT
g) since you know what's coming to the store the next day (if the rumors that they pre-stock them is wrong), you could just presell them one day earlier. Just book the sale that day, and let them pick it up the next day. Thus people don't have to wait in line all night.
It is against Apple policy and in some cases local law to take money for something that they can't hand you right away. Don't see that changing.
Also, no one is forcing anyone to wait even 5 minutes. You can always order online. Sure it means 4 weeks later, perhaps 5 at this point, but hell you are going to possibly wait that long for the stores to get the one you want in stock anyway.
Remember for 95% of folks this is a toy. You aren't going to die if you don't have one today.
And Apple doesn't exactly have huge warehouses they can stock pile tons of stuff in. They generally go from build to stores within perhaps 5 days, 7 at most. They do this in part because they don't want warehouses full of stuff they haven't sold. Don't really see that changing any time soon.
Also lets not forget that that dumb little earthquake and those silly little tidal waves that trampled Japan has screwed up deliveries out of the area thanks to Fed Ex and UPS being needed to deliver aid supplies so those folks don't starve and such. They aren't running as many general flights and boats so that's going to delay stuff just a little.