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Best Buy Withheld iPad 2s. Why?

Best Buy stores have been withholding some of Apple’s iPad 2 stock from customers. The company has acknowledged that much, but the reason for this unusual behavior remains frustratingly unclear.

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Walk-in customers at Best Buy were told they were out of stock. Best Buy confirmed in a statement last Friday that the iPads were withheld at stores, saying it was “fulfilling customer reservations first”  and holding them for an “upcoming promotion,” thereby pouring cold water on allegations and rumors that Best Buy was withholding the elusive tablet because individual stores had met their daily sales quotas.

With people standing in line all over for the world for the much sought-after iPad 2 outside Apple Stores, any confusion over shortages is both a sensitive and controversial one, especially for the iPad manufacturer Apple. Is the practice of withholding iPads for an “upcoming promotion” really the best way to deal with “supply constraints”? Does that even make sense?

This is Best Buy’s original statement early last Friday:

“Best Buy continues to receive iPad 2 inventory from Apple on a regular basis. As we’ve said previously, we are fulfilling customer reservations first. Our stores have been asked to temporarily hold non-reserved iPad 2 inventory for an upcoming promotion. This is a customary practice for us when there are supply constraints. Best Buy enjoys a great partnership with Apple, and we’re delighted by customer response to iPad 2.”

However, in updated statement, that “upcoming promotion” was omitted:

“Best Buy continues to receive iPad 2 inventory from Apple on a regular basis. As we’ve said previously, we are fulfilling customer reservations first.  We are responding to customer demand with product as it is available, and replenishing inventory on a weekly basis. Best Buy enjoys a great partnership with Apple, and we’re delighted by the customer response to iPad 2.”

A Best Buy spokeswoman could not cast any light on the reason for the subtle changes between the two statements except to confirm that there were talks between Apple and Best Buy on Friday after news of the shortages broke. An Apple spokesman told Pay Dirt that Best Buy continues to sell the iPad 2, and declined to comment on rumors surrounding the shortages.

What do you think of the mystery of the missing iPads?

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      Qaz – Feb 12, 2005 – 23:00
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      I sad down and made me some icons for javabb just for fun. I made me a CW with a claw and a Deamonett for my chaos team. Now the way it works now the icons are just given to a position. So if u got 4 different CW icons the first is given to the first CW on the team rooster and so on… The way it works now if I set in my Deamonett icon and set it to the first beastman then have 4 normal beastman icons behind that my Deamonett would appear again as nr 5 then as nr 15 and so on.
      was I was wondering if it would be possible to alter the positions names on your rooster that way you could have custom icons to a specific icon. Don’t have to be able to change the whole name just change it to beastman1 beastman2 and so on.
      I would like to share my 2 icons (8 to be exact with front and side view and blue and red) but I don’t have a place on the net. If you are really keen on seeing them I can give them to you over MSN or mail.
      I figure this would also bring the game in the spirit of GWs rule WYSIWYG
      For you that don’t know that one is it is
      (what you see is you what you get) and it is a gw rule that says that minies should show what weapons they got on them or that a spearman isent a suddently a dragon in a table top game.
      blitzwing – Feb 13, 2005 – 00:12
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      what if your spearman has magical abilities and can morph into a dragon?
      AlcingRagaholic – Feb 13, 2005 – 00:13
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      Then he should at least have a magical aura of blue around him at any time, and a sign that says :Warning, May turn into Dragon.
      As for the topic at hand… hmm… Interesting idea… I know for a fact that R3 would be interested in those Daemonette icons.
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      BadMrMojo – Feb 13, 2005 – 04:42
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      Qaz wrote:… was wondering if it would be possible to alter the positions names on your rooster that way you could have custom icons to a specific icon. Don’t have to be able to change the whole name just change it to beastman1 beastman2 and so on…
      I think a better solution would be something similar to the custom portraits – in other words, you could upload an icon to override that one player’s default on both player’s screens (if they have icons turned on).
      If a player has been given a specific icon, JBB will use that icon. If not, it will use the default. As a side note, this would be swell for those broken pact teams and their allied positional players. Also, it should be able to reuse some of the same code, limiting the amount of effort required, I think.
      Quote:I would like to share my 2 icons (8 to be exact with front and side view and blue and red) but I don’t have a place on the net. If you are really keen on seeing them I can give them to you over MSN or mail.
      Email (link’s below) them on over and I can host them on my site. Be sure to include a readme file if you would like and .zip ‘em up.
      Qaz – Feb 13, 2005 – 04:50
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      Thanx MrMojo I will Zip em right up and ship them to you… I would and should also thank the creator of the chaos warrior and beastman icons because well I just used them as they where and gave them a claw and a sholder pad for the beastman. Also thanx for the one that created the Amazone icon was using it for insperation for my deamonette.
      public_Bob – Feb 13, 2005 – 05:40
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      I think that would be a fantastic idea as i personally am a bit of an icon freak. I am currently using the alternative zombie icons from quilwoods icons to ensure that the zombies that i raise with my undead team look like they should. So far in 5 games (i think) i have 2 elf zombies and a saurus zombie so now the other zombies are normal but the raised ones show up on my screen as elf and lizzie zombie icons. sweet!
      However you would NEED the option to turn other players icons on and off. As i can handle other people’s players having silly pictures, but if they download and show up on my screen with icons i don’t like i would probably enjoy the game alot less….
      BadMrMojo – Feb 13, 2005 – 05:49
      Post subject: Re: Using custom icons
      Me wrote:(if they have icons turned on).
      public_Bob wrote:However you would NEED the option to turn other players icons on and off. As i can handle other people’s players having silly pictures, but if they download and show up on my screen with icons i don’t like i would probably enjoy the game alot less….
      I’ll drink to that. I actually play without icons at all (as much as I love ‘em)… just too distracting for my preferences. The ability to force the defaults or at least to turn off icons all together (preferably both) is a definite requirement.
      Imagine someone making the most annoying animated icons they can find… it would certainly make for an interesting contest but ugh… Just ugh.
      Qaz – Feb 16, 2005 – 03:52
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      Giving this some thought… and yes Mr mojos idée seams like a better way to do it. However it would require Skijunkie to do some more work on the client and as he sounds like a busy man I don’t want to put more work on him. My idée however not as cool as it can be done does not require ski to do any work. All the changes are in the way team roosters are handled and that can be changed by the admins who seems to have a tiny bit more time than ski. Being able to have a custom icon for your favourite players would be soooo great
      Tor_AlKir – Feb 16, 2005 – 04:29
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      How would that work with conflicting icons? I personally use the small icons because they make the field look larger. If this were implemented, would i not be using my small icons and my opp’s large ones?
      Qaz – Feb 16, 2005 – 04:44
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      Duno how it would work if it was done the way mrmojo talks about. But if it where done the way I suggested it would only be visible on your screen. So if I used custom icons they would only be visible to me. And therefore should not interfere with your smaller icons.
      BadMrMojo – Feb 16, 2005 – 07:50
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      Qaz wrote:…However it would require Skijunkie to do some more work on the client and as he sounds like a busy man I don’t want to put more work on him…
      Wow. How ironic. That’s usually the sort of thing I say… You are correct. For whatever reason I didn’t even think of that. I am such a hypocrite sometimes…
      Unfortunately, I think that changing the position names would possibly cause some mayhem the site stats. Also, you’d “break” the icons for any of your opponents (ie: you want to call your Minotaur a Bloodthirster. Cool. You have a Bloodthirster icon set up in your icons.ini file. Your opponent, however, just sees an L).
      Tor_AlKir wrote:How would that work with conflicting icons? I personally use the small icons because they make the field look larger. If this were implemented, would i not be using my small icons and my opp’s large ones?
      I hadn’t thought of small icons…. Hmm… Dynamically resizing them based upon whether or not you have the small field option enabled is a pretty crappy idea. Resampling images which are that small results in some pretty crappy pictures.
      I think you (as the person who wants the small images on the normal size field) would have to disable custom icons and keep your own icons folder (which is filled with icons copied from the small_icons folder, right?).
      This basically means you’d get absolutely no benefit out of all this, unfortunately.
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