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Apple Store: up to 4-wk backorder on iPod shuffle

updated 04:30 pm EST, Tue January 18, 2005

iPod shuffle backordered

, due to the aggressive pricing and brand recognition for Apple's iPod music players.




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  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This is news

    This is bigger news than some may realize.

    The pre-show rumors, and I believe Steve's speech and the conference call as well, made note that Apple had been stocking up on iPod flash units, to avoid the shortages experiences with the iPod mini.

    If that is true, think for a moment about how many must be selling. Their supplier, who plans to make almost half a million a month to keep up with demand, and who produced plenty in advance so there would be inventory to sell during the rush after the release *still* didn't make enough of those.

    How many do we think Apple will sell in the first month? Half a million? A million? More? We can't say for certain based on the info at hand, but I predict some very big numbers in Apple press releases soon.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What I'm dying to know..

    ...is how many preorders exist for the Mac mini.

  1. leonpro

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    In the meantime...

    it is available at the Apple SF Downtown Store as it was announced in Macworld. I attended the event and got a few 1GB units after standing in line for 5 minutes only. Kept one and sold the rest to friends and eBay.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Mac Mini

    me too, wondering if there is a backlog on mac mini...

    that would be the really interesting thing, in terms of the mac platform.

  1. cyngus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Mac Mini Backlog?

    I think the answer is yes, since the Apple store lists a 3-4 week ship time. If it is arriving Jan 22nd, you'd expect a 1 week shipping delay.

  1. chrisutley

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    PATHETIC

    Apple screws up yet another launch with delays in getting product into the channel. How many times are they going to do this before they figure it out? They didn't anticipate the huge demand? Give me a break... Heads should roll for this.

  1. darkelf

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: pathetic

    heads should roll? nonsense. they sell like crazy and *still* get all the press that they're in-demand and backordered. nothing but good.

  1. AllenHuffman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Always the case...

    I became a Mac fan when I bought the original iMac in 1998, one month after introduction. Since then, I've always seen new stuff have a waiting list (I buy thru my local CompUSA):

    iMac DV SE - took a month or more before they finally showed up.

    PowerBook G4 - people who ordered the day of the Keynote were waiting for weeks, but I managed to snag one of the TWO that hit my local CompUSA way before that (lucky).

    iMac G4 - same story at the PBG4 - I got lucky and got one of the first few that hit CUSA, then it was weeks before they started coming in.

    ...so if you really want one, keep checking your local CUSA store inventory and get there before everyone else does. It's worked for me when Apple had a 3-4 week (or more!) wait.

    (My point: A 3-4 week wait seems to be normal, whehter it was due to 10,000 orders for a 5,000 production run, or a 500,000 orders from a 1,000,000 production run -- we can't really say this means tons are ordering, or if supply is small...)

  1. cyngus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: PATHETIC

    No, often in the past Apple has had no product. This time demand has simply outstripped their reserves. Its risky to build up a supply before launch, what if it doesn't sell? Plus, I think somewhat constrained supply is good. Then people get it in the mail and are all the more excited because they finally got it.

  1. telem

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hardtoget

    The night of the keynote the SF Apple store only had the 512 meg model left -- the 1 gigs were already gone.

    How can Apple (or anybody else) guess how many of a new product to have available at launch. If a product is a dud, it can be VERY costly to liquidate!

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