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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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returned my MBA within 14 days
By bond007taz on 3/3/2008 4:55:20 PM , Rating: 4
I returned my MBA within the time period because I didnt have another Mac and this was my first and only Mac and it was dog slow. I posted this in the apple forums and they basically said shame on me for getting it to actually use it for anything other than email. I was able to use iDVD but that was really dog A$$ slow and iPhoto crashed 3 times while making one photo book. Again, shame on me for getting it to actually use rather than use it to surf the web and email...

By darkpaw on 3/3/2008 5:32:44 PM , Rating: 4
You must not have read the Apple cult sign up form that came in the box.

Rule #1: Function doesn't matter as long as it is shiny and thy Lord Jobs says it is good.

By BBeltrami on 3/3/2008 6:25:54 PM , Rating: 2
Oh come, come. It's not dog a$$ slow, it's availing you the opportunity to enjoy every last moment with your carmel machiatto!

RE: returned my MBA within 14 days
By kelmon on 3/4/2008 7:27:20 AM , Rating: 2
"Dog slow" is, of course, relative. By all accounts its a "speed demon" of the ultraportables but then that's not exactly saying much. If you are expecting a fast computer then an ultraportable is not for you - you want a "full" laptop or desktop.

I also have to ask the question: why were you using iDVD on a computer famous for not having an optical drive of any variety? Just mild curiosity...

RE: returned my MBA within 14 days
By Master Kenobi on 3/4/2008 8:36:31 AM , Rating: 2
Probably got the external DVD drive that to be perfectly honest, the Apple sales reps are pushing. I stepped into a Mac store yesterday and saw them selling a MBA to someone. They were pushing them to purchase the external DVD drive because it's not "complete" without it. Now that isn't exactly unusual to push accessories for a product but I still found it amusing.

RE: returned my MBA within 14 days
By kelmon on 3/4/2008 11:59:14 AM , Rating: 2
I'm getting the impression that the Apple Stores in the US aren't nice places unlike the UK ones where sales people will talk me out of making a purchase (bizarre but true). The implication is correct that, if the product isn't complete without something then that something should be in the box. That said, if the sales people are on commission then perhaps this is an easy sell for them. Either way it is hard to view this in a way that isn't negative.

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