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Apple (AAPL) says it has already sold out the supply of new iPads set aside for pre-order, and...

Apple (AAPL) says it has already sold out the supply of new iPads set aside for pre-order, and will push back their ship date to Friday, which is the official launch date. Apple had previously told customers they would receive their pre-ordered iPads the same day the tablet goes on sale in stores.
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  • haysdb
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    Just to be clear, people who ordered iPads on Wednesday will still receive them on launch day. I got my shipping notice today. This has been widely misreported.
    11 Mar 2012, 04:06 PM Reply Like
  • Furbonacci
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    is a refurbished ipad 2 for 350 bucks worth it?
    11 Mar 2012, 04:43 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    @furbonacci, what configuration? I believe those were originally offered six ways Wifi/3G, 8, 16, or 32 GB?
    11 Mar 2012, 05:22 PM Reply Like
  • Furbonacci
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    16GB wifi
    11 Mar 2012, 05:28 PM Reply Like
  • Archman Investor
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    Hmmm.
    I wonder if next months increase in those receiving food stamps will have anything to do with the sold out I-Pads?
    Way to funny. A completely broke population just cannot do without the latest re-invention of a product that not to long ago was upgraded.
    It is good to be the king in this country because everyone else is going to get exactly what they deserve in the end.
    Poverty.
    11 Mar 2012, 06:32 PM Reply Like
  • Ron Myers
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    I would never consider buying an ipad but the thing a lot of people miss is that 83% of working age people in this country (who want a job) do have full time jobs and of that 83% probably half make enough to have disposable income. That is still a powerful consuming force.
    11 Mar 2012, 06:53 PM Reply Like
  • Archman Investor
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    "I would never consider buying an ipad but the thing a lot of people miss is that 83% of working age people in this country (who want a job) do have full time jobs and of that 83% probably half make enough to have disposable income. That is still a powerful consuming force."

     

    Possibly.
    Then again the nation's number one employer is....Wal-Mart. Unless everyone at Wal-Mart is at the managerial level it is safe to say that the majority of people working at Wal-Mart are not exactly rolling in it.
    I agree with with you however on disposable income. Any income can be disposable when it is at the expense of the future.
    The Economic Policy group reports that 1 in 3 Americans (who are eligible to do so) have nothing saved for retirement. Zero.
    Half of all Americans do not even have a bank account with $2000 in it.
    We simple live in a dumbed down nation of souls who are in complete and utter denial about their future, getting old, and most who I believe expect their government to take from me and you to finance these people's retirement. That sadly is what is going to happen.
    11 Mar 2012, 07:15 PM Reply Like
  • justrob
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    Not that I don't somewhat agree with your social commentary - however, I do not think you are taking into account a couple of things:

     

    1) The iPad appears to be increasingly displacing the household PC. You can argue it is not as functional, but for many people (I would even say the majority), it covers what they use a computer for.

     

    2) Have you looked at the demographics of the average iPad user?
    11 Mar 2012, 10:42 PM Reply Like
  • Minnesota_Steve
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    Ron - so true! And Steve Jobs always talked about the customers they chooses to serve.

     

    Despite that, while my retired mother could not afford one, I gave one to her. She uses it more than her desktop computer, because she surfs in from of the TV. She carries to many places and is saving money on newspaper subscriptions, etc. I think many people who don;t have a disposable income still need a computer. The cheap ones they buy don't last so long or get bogged down with spyware, etc. I am sure many of these people at new purchase time think about an iPad.
    11 Mar 2012, 11:46 PM Reply Like
  • biobat
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    justrob,

     

    That's exactly the point. Most household PCs today are used for media consumption. That's something the iPad does wonderfully and at a comparable price point. Household PCs will be relegated to hobbyists and gamers in a few years time - exactly what they were nearly 30 years ago.
    12 Mar 2012, 09:08 AM Reply Like
  • dmarilley
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    Well any statistically literate financial analyst could have forcasted initial demand. I hope Apple wasn't surprised?
    11 Mar 2012, 07:44 PM Reply Like
  • hotnutsjesus
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    it's a strategy to spur demand
    11 Mar 2012, 10:16 PM Reply Like
  • biobat
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    You would think so but most analysts and bloggers said the new iPads introduction was underwhelming at best.
    12 Mar 2012, 09:10 AM Reply Like
  • Onegrndude
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    Hey guys...don't over think this. You ain't going to get it right. Just hold on for the ride. The world is changing and we are here to watch. Apple has a long way to go.

     

    Yahoooooooooooo!!!!
    11 Mar 2012, 10:20 PM Reply Like
  • Tojo103
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    Well that just tell me that a lot of orders has been placed which is a great thing...
    11 Mar 2012, 10:43 PM Reply Like
  • rrs2205rrs
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    Good article by the guy that said high gas prices would lead to low ipad sales, HA.
    11 Mar 2012, 10:53 PM Reply Like
  • harryjack
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    Just ordered AAPL new iPad 32 Gig with 4G - new shipping date is March 19th.
    11 Mar 2012, 10:57 PM Reply Like
  • Minnesota_Steve
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    I ordered on the 64 GB 4G on the 7th, only because the web site kept crashing on the 6th. Delivery date promised was March 16th. No shipping confirmation yet from Apple, so I am skeptical. Many others I know have received shipping confirmations.
    11 Mar 2012, 11:41 PM Reply Like
  • MarkS2002
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    Please explain to Archman (above) that you are not on food stamps. I can't tell you how tiring it is listening to this same rant, over and over. Since he is an investor, it would be interesting to know what kind of performance would spur his investment. (My advisor just talked me into Shell, just before the activists in Nigeria were sentenced to death for opposing Shell in their country and Shell started to block environmental activists from opposing new North American investments. Don't forget all of the fraud from B of A that the taxpayers are funding. Yeah. Those are good quality companies, unlike Apple.)
    11 Mar 2012, 11:42 PM Reply Like
  • Minnesota_Steve
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    Take that back. Just got the shipping confirmation. Whoo Hooo!!!
    11 Mar 2012, 11:55 PM Reply Like
  • Minnesota_Steve
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    Mark, surely no one here is on food stamps. But, Apple has taken a strong constitution to stick with the last several years. They can drop 15% in a couple of weeks. They are so news driven. It is not obvious what their next innovation will be. This has been and continues to be a classic Peter Lynch play. For those who use the products, you can judge for yourself their utility/disruptive nature, do your own market research by seeing them appear everywhere in public as well as judging the crowds within their stores (while other stores are empty).

     

    But, back to food stamps. Or maybe just to the median family of 4 with $75,000 annual gross income. They will spend money at XMAS. iPads, iPod Touches and iPhones are some of the most wished for items. Many prioritize these over other things.

     

    As an aside. I lived in Shanghai in 2006-9. I was living in the financial district and the locals had to take the subway to work. Roads are a mess with traffic and local apartment too expensive. The vast majority of people you would see are typical upper middle class. Which is a couple of strata lower then here. Annual income may at most be $15-20,000 US. Everyone was carrying a pay as you go mobile. So many had iPods in their ears. A frightening number had Sony PSPs in their hands to game with. At work - EVERYONE had the latest portable game player of fad. This was all before the iPad. They were prioritizing such purchases for personal entertainment. One thing you learn living in Asia with the high population density is that outdoor play is limited. Indoor fun for relaxation dominates. I remember reading an article about a Hong Kong manufacturer of radio control toy cars. He sold so few in Asia because of the small apartment style living.
    12 Mar 2012, 12:29 AM Reply Like
  • Archman Investor
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    Hi Minnesota:
    Actually the median family income of 4 in the USA is between $45K & $49K per year. It has stayed within that range for the past decade, and when adjusted for inflation is actually much lower.

     

    You are right. No one on SA is on food stamps. We all know this is not the TMZ website or a Jerry Springer website. It is a safe bet that people that come to SA have some real net worth and are not in the the bottom 80% of Americans that have and own essentially nothing.

     

    I want to apologize to MarkS above for my usual rantings on what continues to be a massive cultural and social decline of our country. The priorities of this country and what it citizens deem important are so back assed now. I deny no one the right to spend their hard earned money the way they see fit. No one.

     

    However, (and this comment can apply to all who are on SA) just wait until sometime in the near future when after all your life's hard work, your balance between savings and spending, wise investing, perhaps own personal risk taking in order to build an empire for yourself and your family......you are then going to be asked, no wait, FORCED, to turn over what is rightfully yours to support the tens of millions in this country who could care less they lived like pigs, basked in the lowest common denominator, lived so far beyond their means buying things they could not afford in the first place nor really needed.

     

    All those people are going to be crying out and complaining that because you all were smart enough and cared enough to live your lives the right way, that you should take care of them as well because they are entitled to it.

     

    If anyone doubts me I hope you wake up real soon and stop pretending that is not going to happen. Because that is exactly what is going to happen in this country.
    12 Mar 2012, 07:39 AM Reply Like
  • Minnesota_Steve
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    Hmm - I will have to look up that median income stuff. I went to the Bureau of labor statistics a few weeks ago to get this data. Maybe I misread it.
    12 Mar 2012, 08:31 PM Reply Like
  • harryjack
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    Smart AAPL retailing, give the Ipad 2 a $100 price cut, sell like crazy like they were this weekend, because people could not see the new Ipad and were bargain shopping. Meanwhile, on line new iPad, GONE! Hey, there are only so many cargo jets from China and that is the only way they move product and they can't run out in the stores the first week.... Off to the AAPL on line store.....
    12 Mar 2012, 02:30 AM Reply Like
  • muckdog
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    They're great for consuming media. I'm reading this website via an RSS reader on an iPad. LOL.

     

    iPad 1.0, that is. I will get the new one. What the heck!
    12 Mar 2012, 02:37 AM Reply Like
  • User 714683
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    Hey! I resent that statement! This is directed to Mr.Minnesota Steve and partially to Archman for saying that NO ONE on SA is on food stamps. That's not true, I constantly tout the fact that I'm on food stamps. Who says you can't have a 6 figure trading acct. and still be sucking on the government udders? It's hilarious! But I agree, our country is looking like the doldrums now. I might just take my municipal and corporate welfare and just move to Thailand.

     

    Remember? Disclosure: Dirt poor, and long EBT (food stamps euphemism)
    12 Mar 2012, 11:37 PM Reply Like
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