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Retailers deal with holiday iPod shortage

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, December 16, 2004
News Categories: iPod

The Wall Street Journal reports that major retailers are seeing iPod shortages across the country. The paper says that iPod minis and 20GB iPods are out of stock at Amazon.com, Buy.com and other Web sites, while retailers such as Target, J&R Electronics, and Best Buy are all having trouble keeping up with demand. “Given how strong demand has been all year you would have thought [Apple] would have gotten every last one they could into stores,” says Stephen Baker, director of industry analysis at market research firm NPD Group. “I suspect they have. It may just be they can’t build them fast enough.”

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1

Don’t I know it.  I got a holiday job at Circuit City and all we have are the 40GB.  I love it when the mom’s (who have no clue what the thing is) say something like “they aren’t getting that one this year”.  hehe

Posted by RSM in Tupelo, MS on December 16, 2004 at 8:53 AM (PDT)

2

Here’s another article saying the same thing.

http://www.startribune.com/stories/535/5139864.html

Posted by pjmudd on December 16, 2004 at 10:49 AM (PDT)

3

seriously, when i went to get my ipod, it was sold out everywhere, i finally just went to my college bookstore and bought one there! =D

Posted by Eric Shun in Long Beach on December 16, 2004 at 11:51 AM (PDT)

4

I think the iPod is a bit of a bust this year.

I went to three different Best Buy stores looking for an XBox and they were sold out of the XBox, but they had shelves of iPods.  A ton of 40/60GB iPod photos (I mean a ton…approximately 150 units).  Lots of U2 iPods (maybe 30 units).  Just a couple 20GB.  And, no minis (I’m not sure they ever had any stock on the minis).

I guess Bust may be a bit of an overstatement, but the point is that the iPod doesn’t seem to be all that hard to come by this year.  And, of course, I have no idea how many they actually sold.

Maybe it’s the $350-600 price of the ones I saw filling the shelves.

I think the iPod photo is a tough sell.  $500-600 for something that doesn’t even have the functionality to transfer pics direclty from a camera.  Apple really micalculated with the photo.

I think relatively speaking, the real deal is the mini and the 20GB.  Maybe that’s why I didn’t see a lot of them laying around.

I truly didn’t think the XBox would be harder to find than an iPod this year.  Not with all the talk about how hot the iPod is.  There have been articles about how many units Apple was going to ship, but the question is how many will be bought.

Happy Holidays!!!

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on December 22, 2004 at 11:12 PM (PDT)

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