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Apple exploiting US Customs to hold iPads back?

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Tue March 30, 2010

May serve PR, anti-scamming purposes

Apple may be exploiting a loophole in US Customs to prevent online iPad orders from arriving ahead of the official schedule, information suggests. The company has so far maintained that the product will only launch on April 3rd, even though shipments having been going out since Monday. Most iPads would arrive early under normal circumstances, deflating some of Apple's PR campaign, while also giving some people an opportunity to resell the device at a high markup.

It is instead claimed that Apple is deliberately withholding documents from US Customs, preventing the shipments from being cleared for entry. Until the documents are delivered iPads will allegedly be unable to pass through UPS' hub facility in Louisville, Kentucky, and from there to individual delivery points. The strategy may be meant to prevent individual UPS branches from intentionally or accidentally breaking street date.

The idea of a block on iPad shipments may be backed by a claim received by MacNN, saying that UPS is calling its customers to check if they will be available for Saturday iPad delivery. The courier service does not normally deliver on Saturdays, and so may be making special arrangements to ensure a smooth rollout. Apple's reliance on UPS is unusual in this regard.

by MacNN Staff




  1. facebook_David

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    Joined: Mar 2010


    A story of nothing

    At lest this story did not venture to even ascribe this to anybody or any source. It holds no merit and no substance. There seems to the a breaking point to how many stories about nothing I can take. There are stories of polls that never give information about who or how many people were even polled. Now this story which rounds against any notion of how Apple operates. REALLY Apple is holding back customs so that by not filling the shelves on Saturday they can sell more at a later date???? Read this article again and see if there is any sense to it at all. To have a story just to have a story is wrong. Yes I have ordered an iPad, but there are so many stories now that have no backing or sense of credibility. Where did this conspirancy idea come from? Did you hear a friend of a friend say it. Did you just think it up? Why print another Apple is demon story? Really any ability to back this notion up?Yep Apple just holding items they could sell to burst first day sales numbers, maybe its so the iPad doesn't seem to be too popular there by selling fewer so Apple doesn't have to work as hard to manufacter them. COME ON!!

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What Hey You About Talking?

    If a the an no customs documents filled out then pass customs iPads no can. Allows to seem Apple stop all iPads customers early receiving than April 3rd by locking whole shipment in customs warehouse at once. Good strategy Apple even if piss off customers wanting early ones. Just look in your panties on until April 3rd.

  1. David Nash

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Latest tracking info

    SHENZHEN, CN 03/29/2010 9:52 A.M. ORIGIN SCAN

    Looks like mine is awaiting further clearance.

  1. charlituna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    try again

    Apple wants the ipads cleared as quick as possible to make sure there are no delays. They will, if required, pay UPS a small sum for both Saturday delivery were possible and to hold all deliveries until then. They have been up front that not all areas have Saturday runs and in those areas the ipads will arrive on Monday, not Friday.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Would people really be able to sell

    iPads at a high markup? Why is that? I doubt that iPads will be selling out instantaneously. If anyone wanted an iPad that badly they could have just pre-ordered it.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    while also giving some people an opportunity to resell the device at a high markup.

    Because there are so many people out there just dying to get their hands on an iPad a day early, they'd be willing to shell out $1000 for one.

    Wait, what am I talking about. Of course there are enough idiots, um, I mean highly motivated and intelligent buyers, who would do that, just to show it to friends.

    Then again, all you have to do is know someone at UPS or FedEx, for I'm sure some will go surprisingly missing off of trucks while waiting to be delivered. As my MBP did. Twice.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why unusual???

    "Apple's reliance on UPS is unusual in this regard."

    How so? The last iPhone 3GS was delivered to me on launch day via UPS as well. Apple uses Fedex a lot, for domestic shipments, but UPS for international shipments - and all shipments from China for new product fall in that category.

    Non news, badly researched, as usual, by 'editors' who don't have a clue.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I can confirm.

    It seems they are trying their best to keep everyone's iPad getting to them on the same day based on some recent information told to me by a reliable source. Same source mentioned a large shipment of iPads coming to california to be distributed to resellers (best buy etc).

    - A

  1. barryjaylevine

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    My iPad shipment also showed the "clearing agency" note that others have mentioned. However, now that note has been removed from the UPS tracking record available online. Hey, Steve! Just deliver the goods; we'll show 'em off to all of our friends and drive more sales, okay?

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