- Nov 25, 2015
Can someone please explain HOW they can have walk in/reservation stock but STILL not shipping out pre-orders? Are pre-orders just a waste of time?
Pre-orders are not a waste of time per se, but my rule the last few years has been if I couldn't get launch day pick up and shipping was more than 1 week, I was confident I could find one somewhere within a week so why wait for a shipment that could get lost.
Also there are many variables that play into stores getting inventory like people swapping colors when they get there or deciding they want the Plus and order it and don't take their pre-ordered 7 with them. Apples "overall" inventory I'm sure is logistically managed to push as many phones out as possible.
Then there's the $$$ conspiracy. It is cheaper for Apple to sell a phone with in store pick up than to provide free shipping and they can up sell AppleCare and accessories. I tried to pre-order a Matte Black 128GB AT&T upgrade at 7am from the Apple Store the first morning and it had shipping dates already. I changed it to Matte Black 128GB AT&T Full Price and in store pick up and it was available the 16th. Like since I was will to pay Full and Pick it up myself it was magically available.
*As for a Plus this year in Black or Jet Black, all bets are off. No explanation. Just more demand than supply, period.