Best Buy: No, Apple has not banned us from selling iPad 2

“Is Best Buy in trouble with Apple for mishandling sales of the iPad 2?” Leslie Horn asks for PC Magazine. “Not so, Best Buy said in a statement.”

“‘Best Buy continues to receive iPad 2 inventory from Apple on a regular basis,’ the company said. ‘As we’ve said previously, we are fulfilling customer reservations first. Our stores have been asked to temporarily hold on-reserved iPad 2 inventory for an upcoming promotion,'” Horn reports.

“CrunchGear was the first to report that Apple had banned the electronics retailer from selling the iPad 2. Best Buy reportedly told shoppers that the device was out of stock, when in reality Best Buy had just reached a pre-determined daily sales quota and was holding iPad 2s in the back. Chatty Best Buy employees told CrunchGear that Apple had ordered a freeze on sales of the tablet through the store, and Apple had even yanked Best Buy’s iPad inventory, except for demo models. But Best Buy said it’s business as usual with Apple,” Horn reports. “‘This is a customary practice for us when there are supply constraints,’ the statement continued. ‘Best Buy enjoys a great partnership with Apple and we’re delighted by customer response to iPad 2.'”

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8 Comments

  1. That’s great, but I’m No. 2 in the queue at my local Best Buy and have been waiting for a month. I’d like to know just how many reservations they’ve been able to fullfill.

  2. As if I needed another reason to not shop “BestBuy”. Long lines that they control with a drip of good product so that they can promote the P.C. crap that they have shelves of.

    If I want Apple I go to Apple.

  3. What kind of promotion do you run that causes you to hold back filling back orders or from selling wanted product to customers? This makes no sense. You want to turn your inventory and not piss off customers, so why hold back anything?

  4. “when in reality Best Buy had just reached a pre-determined daily sales quota and was holding iPad 2s in the back.”

    THIS should be why people shouldn’t shop at bestbuy.
    Well… One of about 1001 reasons not to shop there.

  5. Was at the Best Buy on Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. They had iPad 2s in stock. I was told they were all 32GB or 64GB units with Verizon 3G. I passed…..holding out for AT&T units.

    But I wonder if I made a mistake. What’s the difference between them if I’m not making phone calls?

    Anybody?

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