Apple’s revolutionary iPad hits all 1,093 U.S. Best Buy stores on September 26th

Apple Online Store“Best Buy Co., the world’s largest consumer-electronics retailer, plans to start selling Apple Inc.’s iPad in all of its U.S. stores on Sept. 26 to boost holiday sales, Chief Executive Officer Brian Dunn said,” Chris Burritt reports for Bloomberg.

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Burritt reports, “Expanding iPad sales to 1,093 U.S. stores from 673 outlets reflects Best Buy’s efforts to capitalize on the growing popularity of tablet computers, Dunn said by telephone today from Richfield, Minnesota, where the company is based.”

MacDailyNews Take: Let’s be real: Make that “stunning popularity of iPad.”

Burritt reports, “‘We see the iPad as the magnificent shining light in what will become a whole new category, and that is tablets,’ Dunn said. ‘In many cases, it’s an incremental device. In some cases, it’s a substitute device for netbooks. We think that’s going to stimulate a lot of customer interest.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Nice compliment, but Burritt’s CEO speak belies a burning desire to be featured once again as the primary location of a massive Microsoft ad campaign flop. We can’t wait for Ballmer to blow another $100 million on “Tablet Hunters.”

See, if retailers (in general, not just Best Buy) can conjure up a false sense of “equality” and concoct “consumer choice,” they’ll get a certain percentage of fools to buy fake iPads, then they can make even more when some of the gullible wise up and go buy their iPads. It’s iPod all over again. Got ’em once on that stupid Dell DJ, then got ’em again on the iPod they should’ve purchased first. The same goes for the media who need people to who think they need “shootouts” and multi-page slideshow “battles” in order to make the proper choice. It’s simple: Get an iPad.


  1. The iPad WILL absolutely rule in the next 3 months, then it will gradually drop to 80% market share as various Android/Win7/WinMo7/MeeGoo/RIM tablets are bought by the 20% of the population that never looks past the picture on the front of the box.

  2. Any Windows tablets will have to be locked down so they don’t get a virus – not so the iPad. Even if they have a problem, it is an easy restore from any PC or Mac. This is what is great about the iPad – the ‘rest of us’ can use it without fear.

  3. Someone asked me if I was tired of my iPad yet.
    He Actually asked me this as I was sitting in my living room reading articles and submitting feedback on my iPad sitting in my lap!
    People just don’t have a clue.
    They still think Apple is a fad.
    Isn’t that how IBM felt as they were knocked out of the top of the industry?

  4. Hey retail wienies: Just stop at “We are pleased and excited to have the Apple iPod available for our customers.” If, and when, another tablet shows up that you want to carry, you can make another statement about that one. Don’t water down the iPad announcement with your dreams of a huge Tablet Computer Department. Instead, why don’t bring that 6 feet of Apple display out of aisle 7 and put a huge Apple section square in the middle of your computer department. Geez, when I go into Best Buy, the bunched crowd around the couple of Apple items on display reminds me of the human churning to grab the last life boat on the Titanic.

  5. I don’t expect to see the staff at my local Best Buy pushing the iPad very hard. They seem to be pro PC anti Apple there. Passed through the store the other day and the little iPhone kiosk did not even have an iPhone connected to it. I’d rather see the iPad coming to Costco.

  6. This is why I seldom read MDN anymore. No matter how favorable the article, the “MDN Take” has to find fault with it. If a religious cult based upon worshiping fossilized Steve Jobs turds sprang up, perhaps the MDN editors would be at a loss to find some negative “take”. Maybe.

    Get real. I’m an Apple fan and usually use Apple products (stuck with a W2K laptop at work right now and it sucks) but really.

  7. The retailer I work at carries the iPad. When it first came out, we got an email from the head people in the computer division about how it was an exciting product that was just to be the first of many in the new “tablet computing” market. They created a whole new product class for it (and one for tablet accessories)… which so far still is comprised entirely of just the iPad and iPad accessories, even though other product classes are things like “desktop”, “laptop”, “printers”, etc. which contain many, many different products.

    And yeah, still no competing products even though we’ve been carrying it since the Canadian launch. We’ll see if they actually bring in any of the competitors, but I doubt any serious competitors will be out this year. We’re still selling at least 3 iPads a week (often more) despite there been fairly abundant stock at other locations and competitors.

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