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MacBook Air vanishes into thin air? Apple Store confusion a mess
      #29545 - 02/01/08 11:22 PM

If you've been following threads on Mac sites, especially MacRumors.com, you've noticed that getting a MacBook Air, now on demo at most Apple Stores, is harder than getting a photo of Paris H. in her skivvies (OK, getting that photo might be lots easier). For those who missed it, the Mac Book Air is Apple's new absurdly slim subnotebook, that's arguably prettier than most of Paris' parts.



The MacBook Air is trickling into Apple Stores across the US, which means there's a slim possibility of picking one up, but getting a straight answer from store employees isn't. We called the 4 stores in the Dallas Metroplex and 2 in Silicon Valley near Apple's HQ and heard a variety of stories, none of which matched what we heard when we showed up in person (at least at Dallas area stores). We called one Dallas store and asked if the MacBook Air was in yet. We were told that the demo units were in but not units for sale. We asked when the clerk though they might have sale units in and were told that "Apple is a publicly traded company and we can't divulge that information". Gee, aren't publicly traded companies supposed to say "we have cool products, come buy them!"? Since when is a product announced at a major trade show (MacWorld) that's listed for sale on the company web site with demos in store something the sales clerks can't talk about? The culture of silence has gone too far.

When we appeared in person at the same Dallas area stores we were told they had in fact received shipments for sale by the time we'd called but sorry, they're gone. It seems the party line is "we don't have 'em" if you call, but if you show up, you find out you were a sucker for believing them, and the units in fact came and went. Who though it could be so hard to spend 2-3 grand at an Apple store? Guess the machine isn't the niche flop some reviewers made it out to be . The MacBook Airs seem to be vanishing into thin air.

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Re: MacBook Air vanishes into thin air? Apple Store confusion a mess [Re: LisaG]
      #29548 - 02/02/08 01:34 PM

You've inspired me to write a new version of "Hey, Miss Hilton!"

Hey, This Newton
by the StylusFifteen Club

Just bought myself a MessagePad
Coolest thing I've ever had
Bulkier than a MacBook Air
Can't carry it, doesn't fit anywhere

Well, this Newton must've cost a thousand bucks
Such a shame that the writing recognition...
This Newton's too far ahead of its time
Makes Bill want to laugh
Makes Steve want to cry

Black and white screen, and four megs of RAM
No wireless - can't read my spam
This Newton's designers must've lost their way
It made lots of money
But only for eBay

Well, this Newton, I like the way it blips and pings
But why'd I spend so much on such a silly thing?
This Newton will make the whole world shift
Packs in so much stuff
That it weighs too much to lift

This Newton must've cost a thousand bucks
Such a shame that the writing recognition...
This Newton tried to get too far ahead
Hang on just a moment
My battery went dead

Hey, this Newton, I like the way it blips and pings
Don't care if it's not good for doing anything
This Newton makes me feel like a jerk
It's a cool idea
Just too bad it doesn't work

This Newton
This Newton
This Newton

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Re: MacBook Air vanishes into thin air? Apple Store confusion a mess [Re: Jacob_Spindel]
      #29549 - 02/02/08 03:00 PM

Very impressive, Jacob!!!

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Re: MacBook Air vanishes into thin air? Apple Store confusion a mess [Re: Tong Zhang]
      #29553 - 02/03/08 06:52 PM

Heh, thanks!

I would've made it about the MacBook Air, but that doesn't really sound like "Hilton."

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