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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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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.


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