Apple limits iPad preorders to two per customer

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  • Reply 121 of 151
    hillstoneshillstones Posts: 1,490member
    Not sure why anyone is crying over this. There will be PLENTY sitting on store shelves collecting dust because smart people know better than to waste $500+ for an oversized iPod Touch. You can get a used MacBook in the same price range that will run circles around the iPad.



    You'll wonder why you spent $500+ for a device that can only view some of the webpages on the internet.
  • Reply 122 of 151
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    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    It clear the demand is very real, not just imagined as some wish to imply.



    How is it clear that the demand is real? Because Apple restricted preorders to just 2 at the same time they started taking orders? How could Apple even vaguely know demand would be high at that point?



    Chances are as others have implied is that they want to increase the chance that iPads are bought by bonafide end users not the equivalent of ticket scalpers looking to resell them on eBay. If there is going to a shortage, Apple wants to maximize what what will hopefully be good word of mouth so those unable to get them at launch will consider it worth the wait.



    And you really can't compare the iPad to the iPhone because Apple has a much more vested interest in making sure the iPhone is going to a real customer: the money they get from AT&T for each iPhone contract. Apple is missing out on money on every U.S.-sold iPhone that doesn't end up on AT&T's network.
  • Reply 123 of 151
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hillstones View Post


    Not sure why anyone is crying over this. There will be PLENTY sitting on store shelves collecting dust because smart people know better than to waste $500+ for an oversized iPod Touch. You can get a used MacBook in the same price range that will run circles around the iPad.



    You'll wonder why you spent $500+ for a device that can only view some of the webpages on the internet.



    :sigh: Is upper management pushing their employees to meet a quota this week?
  • Reply 124 of 151
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    Originally Posted by DoctorBenway View Post


    This is why I'm looking forward to the iPad as a whole. Enough of these moronic IT chores.



    Amen to that. Computers are a giant pain in the butt. It's frankly amazing to me that we've put up with them as long as we have.
  • Reply 125 of 151
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    Originally Posted by caliminius View Post


    How could Apple even vaguely know demand would be high at that point?



    It's not that they "know" per se, it's that they make educated estimations based on polling, 'net activity, buzz, etc. Apple probably has a team of people who research these very kinds of decisions. While Apple and Jobs aren't always right, they have a relatively successful track record of making sound, if not risky, business decisions.



    Of course, everybody and his brother on the internet can have an opinion about Apple or Jobs, but the ones who really mean something are those who actually have something to risk, people who talk with their money, people willing to invest in Apple based on that opinion. While it clearly doesn't ensure a specific outcome, it's a good sign for Apple that their stocks are going up right now with all the iPad news and such. Apparently all the articles from the Techheads saying how unsuccessful the iPad will be was not enough to sway investors away.



    Time will tell who made the right call.
  • Reply 126 of 151
    postulantpostulant Posts: 1,272member
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    Originally Posted by extremeskater View Post


    No, the only thing that is high right now is the pre order hype. The fact that people were saying yesterday the Apple Store would be crashing and right now its blazing fast I would say the demand is rather low.



    Not many are going to pre order something that they haven't even seen.



    25,000 per/hr seems pretty good to me...
  • Reply 127 of 151
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Postulant View Post


    25,000 per/hr seems pretty good to me...



    I wonder how many tablets HP sold last year.
  • Reply 128 of 151
    postulantpostulant Posts: 1,272member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    I wonder how many tablets HP sold last year.



    I wonder too. I'm going to hazard a guess and say a lot less than 25,000 per/hr.
  • Reply 129 of 151
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by chronster View Post


    I'm torn! I want to buy something nice for myself, but I don't know if I'll make real use of the ipad.



    I need to find a website showing all the things one can do with an ipad. Anyone have anything like that?



    If you haven't used an iPod touch, you don't know what you're missing. I love mine. But if you need a hands-on demo, get to a store next month. Usually, there's more than enough stock in stores even when the pre-orders make it look like there's a scarcity of product.
  • Reply 130 of 151
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hillstones View Post


    Not sure why anyone is crying over this. There will be PLENTY sitting on store shelves collecting dust because smart people know better than to waste $500+ for an oversized iPod Touch. You can get a used MacBook in the same price range that will run circles around the iPad.



    You'll wonder why you spent $500+ for a device that can only view some of the webpages on the internet.



    You are not everyone, therefore assuming everyone thinks and acts the same way would be ill advised.
  • Reply 131 of 151
    So it just occurs to me that before I pick up my iPad I need to stop by my local VZ wireless store for a nice new MiFi 2200.



    Then I have all the benefits of the 3G version, with none of the AT&T issues.
  • Reply 132 of 151
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jack.c1024 View Post


    So it just occurs to me that before I pick up my iPad I need to stop by my local VZ wireless store for a nice new MiFi 2200.



    Then I have all the benefits of the 3G version, with none of the AT&T issues.



    Verizon MiFi has many inherent issues compared to the 3G enabled iPad., like device cost, data cost, lower 3G speeds, and capped data usage.



    Of course, if you don't have AT&T in your area none of those are matter. Plus, VZ MiFi does have capabilities that the iPad doesn't, like sharing up to 5 WiFi-enabled devices.
  • Reply 133 of 151
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    Originally Posted by jouster View Post


    I worked in retail for a while, and our basic strategy was "have things on the shelves so people can give us money for them."



    What you describe is "Sales" -- do what ever it takes to make it easy to buy the product.



    Artificial limiting the quantity is "Marketing" -- make the people want the product



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  • Reply 134 of 151
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by jack.c1024 View Post


    So it just occurs to me that before I pick up my iPad I need to stop by my local VZ wireless store for a nice new MiFi 2200.



    Then I have all the benefits of the 3G version, with none of the AT&T issues.



    Too expensive for the offerings. I'll wait (probably too damn long) for ATT to make good on their (2+ year long) promise of tethering if I need 3G. I haven't found a couch outside of Wifi range yet. If I NEED to check something with 3G the iPhone still works.



    By the way - does anyone but me think the "notched" iPad looks ugly? Reminds me of discounted / discontinued records in the clearance bin. If anyone remembers what a "record" is.



    Plus 130.00 for a 7 dollar 3G antenna is (kind of) steep. Rather spend the money for more memory on my WiFi only iPad (Austin Powers Voice - "64 gigs baby - YAH").
  • Reply 135 of 151
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    One for home, one for the office?



    One for breakfast, one for dinner. iPad™. It's Appleicious!
  • Reply 136 of 151
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Postulant View Post


    25,000 per/hr seems pretty good to me...



    Good but nowhere near enough to crash a store like Apple. That is what... only 7/second. Even a single server can handle that. You know they have load balancing implemented. They know what the load was from iPhone and they probably have more than double that capacity in reserve for today's release.
  • Reply 137 of 151
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DoctorBenway View Post


    Plus 130.00 for a 7 dollar 3G antenna is (kind of) steep.



    ::sigh::



    The HW costs considerably more than that, excluding every other associated cost.
  • Reply 138 of 151
    icyfogicyfog Posts: 338member
    Only two per customer ... wow, I don't think Apple will be able to survive all the negative publicity about that. Especially here. Better sell that stock now boys and gals. It's downhill from here on out because Apple will only sell two per customer.
  • Reply 139 of 151
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    ::sigh::



    The HW costs considerably more than that, excluding every other associated cost.



    What - the 3G antenna from the iPhone suddenly shot up in R&D costs? They had to re-invent it?



    Sigh.
  • Reply 140 of 151
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    Originally Posted by DoctorBenway

    This is why I'm looking forward to the iPad as a whole. Enough of these moronic IT chores.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Tomfoolery View Post


    Amen to that. Computers are a giant pain in the butt. It's frankly amazing to me that we've put up with them as long as we have.



    For those who like the "moronic IT chores" and their attendant activities...



    There's a rumor circulating that claims:



    Now that Apple can no-longer monopolize use of the "i" prefix for its mobile devices, HP has decided rename its forthcoming mobile Windows/Flash tablet from the Slate to the iSuppository.



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