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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 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
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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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