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Best Buy runs dry of 15-inch MacBook Pro

updated 10:55 am EST, Fri February 15, 2008

Best Buy out of 15in MBP

Retailer Best Buy is no longer stocking any 15-inch MacBook Pro online, according to reader reports. The mid-range 2.4GHz model is listed as "sold out" and therefore unavailable; the base 2.2GHz version is listed as backordered and unavailable for between 1-2 weeks. Additionally, while the 17-inch MacBook Pro remains openly listed and immediately available, neither of the smaller versions are visible from Best Buy's section for the high-end notebooks.

Checks with several popular online stores indicate continued stock, though Best Buy's Canadian affiliate, Future Shop, claims to be out of stock of the 2.2GHz version.

The low supply is unusual for Best Buy, which is considered one of Apple's strongest third-party retail partners and currently runs a store-within-a-store concept that employes official Apple staff. While shortages and other normal factors can periodically cause such stocking issues, widespread and seemingly permanent changes in stock are historically early signs of incoming new systems.

Previous news has suggested that Apple is one of a host of companies that are believed to be upgrading to 45 nanometer Core 2 Duo processors based on Intel's Penryn architecture sometime this month, following greater availability of the mobile CPUs. The smaller, more efficient processor increases clock speeds while simultaneously reducing power use and heat.



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  1. mmmdoughnuts

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    you guys suck

    This is clearly a macnn article and clearly not a iPodnn or leftlane article. The only reason this might be an electronista article is the fact that Best Buy sells TVs too.

    Stupid.

  1. Guest

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    did they run dry or...?

    did they run dry or did they just lose them?

    http://informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2008/02/best_buy_data_l.html

  1. danviento

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    OH NO!

    Heaven forbid an article isn't filed correctly... Seriously, though, all the "NN" sites articles show up under the MacNN RSS feed, so who cares what the domain name is? If bothering to go to the link, it must be somewhat worthy of reading.

  1. danviento

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    I've been waiting

    for cell architecture-like processors to hit the Mac Pros before I consider buying one. Maybe if these catch on, Apple will take the hint and try to get the Max amount of power of that aluminum casing.

    However, I've got a very strong feeling that such an undertaking would require a large revision/seperate version of OS X, which would explain why it hasn't been done yet.

    Anyone know a little about the ins-and-outs of cell architecture?

  1. testudo

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    who cares

    Does anyone actually buy computer stuff at Best Buy? Seriously?

  1. serato

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    by end of feb

    updates to MBs and MBPs. Enjoy.

  1. itguy05

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    Yes

    "Does anyone actually buy computer stuff at Best Buy? Seriously?"

    Not for the hard drives, RAM, etc unless they are on sale. But for price protected stuff (Apple), you can't beat the price + financing (18 mo, 0% this week) of Best Buy.

    Now that they are selling Macs, unless I need some custom configured thing, my next Mac will most likely be from BB.

  1. testudo

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    Re: yes

    Not for the hard drives, RAM, etc unless they are on sale. But for price protected stuff (Apple), you can't beat the price + financing (18 mo, 0% this week) of Best Buy.

    Wow, they offer financing on the computers. Didn't know that. Will keep that in mind in the future... Then again, you can also get a nice discount from Amazon, and it's usually tax free...

    I guess the question then is, why would anyone buy from the Apple store???

  1. itguy05

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    Tough call

    I'd do the Apple store if I wanted one of the other configurations.

    I'm drooling over a 24" iMac - the one I want is the 2.8, but that's not available at Best Buy. I'd bet it's available at the Apple store.

    When I got my PB I got it at the Tiger Launch event at the Apple store. Ended up with a 10% off coupon. made it worth it.

    Bought the wife's MacBook at Amazon as they had a $100 rebate.

  1. JEB

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    WoooooHoooooo

    G5 PowerBooks are 'a comin...'''

    Yea!

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