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Why is the iPad still not available on Amazon and Walmart?

Just a supply issue?

Aug 20 2010, 8:35am CDT | by

Why is the iPad still not available on Amazon and Walmart?
 
 

Usually when Apple launches a new product it is fairly soon also available from other retailers. Not so with the iPad. The iPad launched early April and 4 month later the only place to buy an iPad is Apple.

The iPad ships from the Apple Store in 3-5 business days. This indicates that there is a bit of tight supply situation. The big retailers Amazon (the ones listed are from 3rd party charging fantasy prices for international customers I suppose) and Walmart can only sell iPad accessories, but not the main product. Only Best Buy has the iPad in stores, but that is because they host in-store Apple Stores in select locations.

One advantage Apple has to not have other retailers carry the iPad is that they margin is all theirs. Maybe it will be even a more explicit strategy to offer new products only in Apple Stores for a prolonged period to maximize revenue. It is quite a nice luxury to have your own (highly trafficked online store and retail store chain).

iPads only sell here.

 

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/2" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi Lugmayr (Google) is the founding chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com.

 

 

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