Best Buy: We’re not being blacklisted by Apple


Carol Lidfeldt, right, and her mother Evelyn DeSalvo look over an Apple Inc. iPad computer at a redesigned Best Buy connected store in North Fayette, Pa. (Kevin Lorenzi/BLOOMBERG)

Reports surfaced Thursday that iPad 2 shipments to electronics retailer were being cut off due to some of its sales practices. A CrunchGear report based on a worker’s tip said Best Buy was in trouble for refusing to sell any tablets beyond its daily quota.

But according to a statement from Best Buy spokeswoman Paula Baldwin, the company is still getting their shipments.

“Best Buy continues to receive iPad 2 inventory from Apple on a regular basis,” Baldwin said in the statement. “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.”

Demand for the iPad 2 has been through the roof , with online wait times now finally settling back down to under a month. Apple is reaching out to more retailers for this launch than for previous launches.

Last month, Radio Shack also began selling the iPad 2. And on Monday evening, a report from ModMyi suggested the the iPad 2 may hit Toys ‘R Us stores in May.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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