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Retail iPad 2 sales begin to relent

updated 10:20 am EDT, Wed March 23, 2011

May give more shoppers access

The pace of retail iPad 2 sales is finally beginning to slow somewhat, evidence suggests. In the Los Angeles area, workers at the Grove and Simi Valley Apple Stores say that for the first time on Tuesday, they had enough stock after lineups to briefly serve some walk-in customers. Retail stores across the US -- especially in major metropolitan areas -- have been frequently selling out of new iPad 2 shipments before more casual shoppers have access.

The situation remains tough for any potential iPad buyer. A San Francisco Apple Store explains that demand is extremely high, to the point that people were forming a line at 2:30PM on Tuesday for Wednesday's stock. The Apple online store continues to list shipping times between four and five weeks for all models.

Any easing of supply problems may be welcome news for people in the 25 countries slated to get the iPad 2 on Friday. It had been worried that American demand might push back an international launch, as it did with the iPad 1. Apple may be quickly ramping up production however, as it is already planning to bring the iPad 2 to Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea in April.






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  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Go Apple Go!

    It is so satisfying to see the beauty that Apple applies to technology gaining so much attention and adoration - everywhere!

  1. ezylstra

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Lots of troubles with this article

    Is the supply increasing or is the demand slacking off? You assert the demand is decreasing in your headline, then assert that more shoppers could get iPad 2s because of the decrease in demand! More shoppers would be an increase in demand.

    After reading this, I'm left uncertain of the fundamental point of the article--demand drop or supply increase?

  1. landoncube

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    still waiting, apple.com

    Punished for ordering online, I continue my queue here at home.

    Ordered March 11, 2011 at 12:59 AM PDT, iPad 2 tracking indicates several more days wait for my 64GB 3G.

    4 Days in HK?!?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Re: Lots of troubles with this article

    Is the supply increasing or is the demand slacking off? You assert the demand is decreasing in your headline, then assert that more shoppers could get iPad 2s because of the decrease in demand! More shoppers would be an increase in demand.

    First off, the number of people still stupid enough to stand in line for an iPad who haven't already done so has tapered off (well, in most areas - apparently San Francisco is filled with people with nothing better to do then stand in line for 18 hours).

    Second, they don't say "more shoppers could get iPads", they said that they actually had some left over to service walk-in customers (as in, those who just go to the Apple store to buy an ipad, or, if they see a line, leave going "ha! I can wait a few days/weeks").

    And no matter what the article was trying to say, without any type of stock numbers, you wouldn't know whether it's a supply or demand issue. Lines keep forming in SF, but that could be due to them only getting a few iPads a day, so it looks like more demand, but just really the same people every day. Or it could be that demand has not relented there. Or it could be demand has only increased, and the lines are getting longer and longer (but more are being satisfied and, as such, the lines don't stay long for long).

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