Sources report that Apple Inc. is overstocked on most of its iPod models.
In fact, for the first time in over a year, there is enough stock of all of Apple’s major products — both Mac and iPod — that even the company’s often-neglected value added retailers can get most products on demand. The only exceptions appear to be the new iMac G5 and the Special Edition U-2 iPod, both of which appear to be lingering just below a supply and demand balance.
I think this is very stupid of Apple.
They create good products, market them well, but suck in selling and distributing them.
For example, I’ve been wanting to get an iPod for some time now, not the iPod mini, not the iPod shuffle, I wanted a 20GB iPod, but they’re nowhere to be found neither in Tunisia nor in Jordan.
All I can find are 4GB iPod minis at very high prices.
I ended up buying another 20GB MP3 player, that I’m really happy with. That’s one customer lost for Apple. And I know a lot of people who are just like me, and I’m sure there are even more that I don’t know.
This doesn’t just happen in the Middle East, even in other places like Asia and Europe and even online, distribution just isn’t handled well enough.
People can’t buy your products if you’re sitting on a pile of them and not making them available for them at good local prices.