Apple stores may be able to keep iPads in stock, but Best Buy doesn’t seem to be faring as well. All 673 Best Buy locations in the United States have sold out, and don’t expect to see more until the weekend, according to CNET.
Best Buy spokes person, Paula Baldwin, commented “We expect to have iPad inventory replenished at these locations by Sunday.”
Apple began selling the iPad at its own retail locations and Best Buy stores on April 3rd. Many locations saw long lines as shoppers waited to be among the first to get their hands on the new multimedia tablet device.
Despite the inventory shortage at Best Buy locations, Apple’s own retail stores seem to be meeting customer demand. The Mac Observer’s spot checks at Apple stores indicate that iPads are available, and customers were purchasing them when we were in the stores.
In contrast, Apple’s San Francisco store sold out of iPads, and the company’s Fifth Avenue store in New York only had 64GB iPads in stock.
Apple isn’t, however, able to keep some iPad accessories in stock. The company’s own iPad Case, for example, is typically out of stock at Apple’s Denver and Boulder locations in Colorado and stores are selling out shortly after replenishment shipments arrive.
Best Buy locations, on the other hand, seem to be doing a better job of keeping iPad accessories in stock. TMO’s checks showed that along with iPad docks, Best Buy locations typically have the hard to come by iPad Case in stock as well.