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Many stores run out of iPad 2 in Canada, UK

updated 06:20 pm EDT, Sat March 26, 2011

iPad 2 sells out at retail internationally

Apple has seen a repeat of its past performance on Saturday as it once again sold out at retail for the international launch. Checks by Electronista with several Canadian Apple stores showed that they had run out of supply by Saturday afternoon. Almost all third-party retailers, including Best Buy and Future Shop, had also run out of supply.

International sales have been difficult to gauge, but a search by Pocket-lint found that all of London's Apple stores had run out. Third parties such as Carphone Warehouse, Currys, PC World, and Phones4U had also run out of supply, although in many cases they just had a few units for their initial batches.

It's not known whether stock remains at the other 23 countries that began carrying the iPad 2 on Friday. However, lineups at Apple's flagship store in Australia, France, and other major locations elsewhere are known to have seen lineups similar to those further West. MacBidouille learned that the first in line at the Opéra store in Paris had been there for 30 hours.

The results were largely expected without any online pre-orders. They still point to Apple managing to sustain interest in the iPad 2 abroad and that improvements in US supply may not accelerate as increased production is matched by increased demand worldwide.



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  1. facebook_Noah

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    Supplies held strong in Vancouver

    I think the Apple workers did a good job at my local Oakridge Vancouver, BC area store. The line was massive, with 300 waiting inside and easily another 300 outside. Apple stopped allowing people to get in line at one point and gave us updates on what had sold out. I was there for 5 hours, but I got an iPad and I had been waiting pretty far back in the line outside. There must have been 1,000 iPads.

  1. iphonerulez

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    After seeing the demand for the iPad 2

    I would absolutely not want to be an Android tablet vendor. They're going to have to lower prices considerably to even stand a chance to compete with Apple. iPad has practically become synonymous with the word tablet computer. I have a feeling that only the fruitcake fringe Droidtard fanbois are going to be buying Android Honeycomb tablets. Either way, Apple is going to clean up on revenue to be able to build an even slicker tablet next year.

    By the end of this year with Apple's economies of scale, they're going to start making even more component deals and stockpiling huge amounts of components. The component vendors are going to jump for joy if they see Apple coming their way with cash in hand. There will be even more Apple retail stores around the globe, so practically everything is in place to basically shut out the rest of the tablet market in 2012, if they haven't already. This year is all going to come down to Foxconn being able to mass produce iPad 2s on a scale they've probably never even imagined. Apple should help Foxconn build strictly iPad factories where everything is just streamlined for tablet assembly with well-trained iPad assembly crews.

  1. macjockey

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    RE: iphonerulez

    Apple would never help a vendor build a manufacturing facility. Apple is all about maximum profit and cutting expenses, not helping vendors. Apple constantly squeezes Foxconn to reduce costs.

  1. aristotles

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    Got mine in Victoria at Best Buy

    I only had to wait about 4 hours and there were 12 people in front of me.

  1. Gazoobee

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    shipping dates slipped also

    The arrival dates of online orders in Canada have slipped also, although Apple hasn't sent any email out as to why or announced it formally or anything. I ordered online the minute they were available and got a "two to three weeks" timeframe that has now changed to "three to four weeks."

  1. SwissMac

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    Switzerland ran out of iPad2 as well

    I tried a few places over the weekend, but no joy on Saturday afternoon: just no iPads for sale anywhere.

    @macjockey
    All American companies squeeze all of their suppliers to cut costs, but what is unusual about the Apple - Foxconn relationship is that last year Apple actually put pressure on Foxconn to improve conditions for employees, even if that did increases costs. You won't find many companies doing that, certainly not in the cheap and cut price Windows/Android world.

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