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MacBook Air is hard to find in many large markets despite high price

When Apple first announced the MacBook Air, it was met with oohs and ahs form Apple fans and non-Apple fans alike. The Air is a very attractive notebook, even if it does have a wealth of odd issues prospective owners have to live with.

Even though the MacBook Air has generated lots of praise for its design and thin construction, the notebook has taken a few hits for its lack of a user-replaceable battery, meager performance, lack of more USB ports and a missing GbE connection onboard.

According to Ars Technica, even with the caveats of MacBook Air ownership, the demand is apparently still high leading to long wait times for shipping and frequent sell outs at Apple stores in large markets. Amazon says its MacBook Air orders won’t be shipping until March 16 and Best Buy has been low on systems as well.

It makes sense that Apple resellers like Amazon and Best Buy would be low on stock since Apple is having a hard time keeping its own retail stores supplied with the Air. Some stores in and around Boston were out of stock and store employees said that some would be Air owners were opting to spend the significantly higher price on the SSD equipped Air because it tends to be in stock longer.

Apple stores in large markets like LA, New York City and Chicago get daily shipments and are still not able to keep a regular stock of the Air. However, it seems that Apple fans in smaller markets may have an easier time getting their hands on the MacBook Air -- one Apple Store in Indianapolis reported that it had more than enough stock to meet demand.

The real question behind the shortages of MacBook Air systems is if the demand is really that high, or perhaps did Apple simply not order enough of the machines making them hard to keep in stock. Whatever the reason the Air is hard to get in some areas, there is little doubt that the computer has proven to be surprisingly popular despite the issues it may have.



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It's expected
By TheWizardofOz on 3/3/2008 4:19:57 PM , Rating: 2
People who bash MBA due to lack of expandability, accessories and features probably did not get their hands on MBA itself.

Many people who buy MBA do own other Macs/PCs at home and MBA serves as their travel companion when they are travelling.

Whenever I'm at an Apple store, I go and play with MBA, and get amazaed that how light, beautiful and suprisingly fast ( even with the 4200rpm drive ) it is. Sure Apple did not produce MBA in large quantities, but it's selling, and it's selling good.




RE: It's expected
By mooncancook on 3/3/2008 4:48:44 PM , Rating: 3
There are other sub-notebooks out there with 12.1" or 11.1" screen that are lighter with more features and more practical as travel companion, unless you must have an Apple. The 13.3" screen size actually leaves quite a large footprint despite its thinness. Lacking LAN also limits usefulness for traveling abroad.

I think ppl buy it for its look and coolness factor over anything else (which is actually OK, it's your own money). Traveling companion is more of an excuse for making an impractical purchase (and i admit lots us geeks make similar excuses for unnecessary purchases). I do admire Apple for their creativity in design though.


RE: It's expected
By sprockkets on 3/3/2008 5:00:11 PM , Rating: 2
Must be nice to have a $1800+ traveling companion, or a computer for every day of the week.

Another view: Maybe Apple products sell because they advertise. When is the last time you saw Sony advertise their laptops? Or Creative with their MP3 players?

The people who post here do see the value of function over form, but at least the laptop is built nicely, so as to have function too.

My beef with Apple is, we like them, they make good stuff, and if they cost more than the competition, perhaps in the long run they support their products better (though hearing about their notebook fan issues doesn't inspire confidence), don't include useless promotional junk on their systems, come with OSX, and whatever else, which justifies the cost.

But then, they shoot themselves in the foot in my view by having their "This Apple product is sooooo much better than any other product, and our elitist agree." Make a better product. But don't act so haughty over it.


RE: It's expected
By AlphaVirus on 3/3/2008 5:15:57 PM , Rating: 2
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Whenever I'm at an Apple store

You go into those stores? You are just as bad as *cough*sheep*cough*...let me stop.

We really cant make too much comment on this 'Sell out' until we see sales numbers. They probably have a blanket purchase order setup for 14/week/store in small markets and 42/week/store for larger markets. That would be relatively high depending on how many markets they are sending them too.


RE: It's expected
By jlips6 on 3/3/2008 10:21:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
you go into those stores? you are just as bad as *cough*sheep*cough* ...let me stop.

I go in to the apple store occasionaly, and I dislike Apple a lot. My friends and I sometimes go into the Apple store just to annoy the sales clerks with the line: "what would make me buy this product over, say, a dell xps of comparable price?"

If Apple makes a completely useless product then i have no problem making fun of it, but if they make a good product then we should not bash them simply because the product belongs to the same company that produced another inferior product. Going in to an apple store is not the same as saying that you support every product that company makes.

As far as the air goes, they I don't care who wastes their money on that. Uterlly useless and wasteful to me, sleek and fun for a month to another person. Their choice.


RE: It's expected
By Durrr on 3/4/2008 8:08:27 AM , Rating: 2
I go into Apple stores, pull out my Moto Q and and play the Windows advertisement videos. Always pisses someone off lol


RE: It's expected
By AlphaVirus on 3/4/2008 11:54:19 AM , Rating: 2
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My friends and I sometimes go into the Apple store just to annoy the sales clerks with the line: "what would make me buy this product over, say, a dell xps of comparable price?"

Yeah, I was just joking with my previous post because sometimes I do the same thing. I will bug the salesman with similar questions.

Or if they are trying to make a sell to a customer I will inch my way next to them and say "Oh yeah my HP has *insert computer feature* and I only paid $400 for it." or "Man not everything would run on that Mac, so I bought a *insert common brand*"


RE: It's expected
By jlips6 on 3/4/2008 12:15:14 PM , Rating: 2
the last time my friend went to the apple store with the what would make me buy this over a (alienware at the time) of comparable price line, the clerk tried to say: "it has all the os software, such as itunes and ilife, and -" at which point the rainbow wheel of death popped up, the finder quit, and then the entire computer crashed. completely. they had to unplug the thing. No blue screen of death eh?

Also, if you look at the checkout lines in the apple stores, you will notice they run windows. My friend and I asked about that and the guy at the counter told us: "yeah, the wierd thing is that the computer didn't come with this. we had to install it."

so i guess apple has to run windows to sell macs. irony.


RE: It's expected
By AlphaVirus on 3/4/2008 3:30:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Also, if you look at the checkout lines in the apple stores, you will notice they run windows. My friend and I asked about that and the guy at the counter told us: "yeah, the wierd thing is that the computer didn't come with this. we had to install it."

Are you serious? Wow, Imma have to check that out. More ammo for the arsenal.


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