Analyst: That iPad pre-order estimate?  It’s wrong, actual iPad sales are significantly higher

Apple Online Store“Pre-orders of the Apple iPad started Friday and so too did the guessing game around how many of new tablet devices were being sold,” Scott Moritz reports for TheStreet.

“One of the most closely watched Apple iPad sales bloggers Deagol’s AAPL Model estimated that first day orders hit 120,000 units but dropped off dramatically to end the weekend with a total of about 152,000 Apple iPads sold,” Moritz reports. “‘That number is low,’ says an industry analyst who is independently monitoring the iPad sales. The analyst, who is collecting sales data for clients and asked not to be identified, says the current tally is conservative and actual iPad sales are significantly higher. The analyst declined to offer an estimate however.”

Moritz reports, It’s worth noting that the Deagol numbers are based on an order number sequence provided by iPad buyers. The count only includes pre-orders for deliver and does not include pre-sales for store pickup… Another analyst who says he’s not authorized to speak publicly about the Apple iPad says we are seeing a great deal of pent-up demand for the iPad. He says the enthusiasm is so strong that he expects Apple to announce it has sold 1 million or even 2 million iPads when the device becomes available on April 3.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Nearly every iPad unit sales estimate (especially those for first year unit sales) that we’ve seen is too low.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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