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Apple strictly controls iPod Mini distribution

updated 04:50 pm EST, Fri February 20, 2004

iPod Mini distribution

A MacNN reader has informed us of the rather stringent procedure necessary to acquire an iPod Mini from an Apple retail store, indicating limited supplies. "The whole thing seemed like a lot of hoops to jump through to get a Mini."

Rich from Chicago, Illinois writes:

"Last week, my roommate asked someone at the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago about getting an iPod mini today. He really wants one.

They told him he had to have his name put on a list. So he did. He received a call 2 days ago confirming that he had requested a Silver Apple iPod mini from the Michigan Avenue store.

He was then told that he would have to call an 800# today (Friday) at 10am Central time to confirm that they had received an iPod mini for him. If confirmed, he would then have to go to the store between 6pm and 8pm tonight to purchase his mini. (He's in New York on business, so they let him add my name to his 'reservation' so I can pick it up.

He was told that they likely won't have enough iPod mini's to fill the demand for the ones on hold... let alone for any walk in customers.

The whole thing seemed like a LOT of hoops to jump through to get a mini. Unfortunatley, I'm the one that will be standing in line tonight to pick up his mini for him...."

by MacNN Staff




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