Originally Posted by MATTpgh
I work at a Best Buy, and I can confirm this. Our manager told us yesterday that starting today we can no longer sell the iPad. I don't know about this "internal quota" being true, but I can say we didnt follow that quota at our store if it did exist.
Funny, but the iPad is still up on Best Buy's web site.
Can you say "troll"?
Originally Posted by jlandd
They don't turn them away, they sell them a Kindle. I've seen it. It's wrong to assume customers all leave and buy somewhere else. I see MANY clueless older people wandering around, who want a computer/tablet etc, came to look at Apple models but are happy to have a salesperson take them by the hand and explain the confusing world of computers to them.
What percentage of people who want an iPad would take a Kindle? Maybe 10%? Heck, let's be generous and call it 20%.
So you're a BB manager. You have an iPad in stock at $499 to 829 and the customer wants it now. Do you take that sale or do you hold the iPad back for a 10-20% chance of selling a $299 Kindle?
It just doesn't make any sense to hold them back. None at all.
Originally Posted by rhyde
From Mac Daily News:
"Acer America today announced the Acer Iconia Tab A500 which is the companys first 10.1-inch tablet running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) in the new Acer Iconia family of tablets for North America. It is available for pre-order online exclusively from Best Buy."
Apple has generally not gone ballistic over that type of arrangement in the past. Especially when there's no reason to believe that the Iconia is going to make any dent in iPad sales.
Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
The big flaw in your argument highlighted for my amusement.
You are making the faulty assumption that the supply of iPads is like a tap with a steady stream that doesn't change based on sales. In fact sales typically determine how many are subsequently shipped to each location. By holding back product they are artificially reducing sales.
That's probably true - which is even more reason to sell what you have today.
Originally Posted by charlituna
Apple makes plenty of money on that 'same price' hardware. What they are selling for $1199 cost them only like $500 to make and ship to the stores. Those iphones, they get $199 out of your pocket and $400 from ATT but it only costs them like $50 to make. And so on.
I love the way delusional people post from fantasy land. Or maybe it's drugs.
The iPhone only costs them $50 to make? If you could do that, you could make a fortune - you could sell them to Apple for $100 and make 50% margin. All the estimates I've seen put the cost a far higher than that. And the $500 laptop 'estimate' is absurd, too. That would be just under 60% gross margin - and there's no way Apple's getting that on any major product line.